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The Right Thing to Do: Basic Readings in Moral Philosophy is a companion reader to the best-selling text: The Elements of Moral Philosophy (0-07-8119065). Authors James Rachels and Stuart Rachels offer engaging, thought-provoking essays on compelling issues that students are familiar with and understand. This rich collection of essays can be used on its own for a course on moral philosophy, or it can be used to supplement other introductory texts.
Table of Contents
RACHELS, THE RIGHT THING TO DO: BASIC READINGS IN MORAL PHILOSOPHY, 7E
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface About the Authors
1. A Short Introduction to Moral Philosophy James Rachels 2. Some Basic Points about Arguments James Rachels
3. Utilitarianism John Stuart Mill 4. Utilitarianism and Integrity Bernard Williams 5. The Experience Machine Robert Nozick
OTHER THEORETICAL ESSAYS
6. The Subjectivity of Values J. L. Mackie 7. Our Sense of Right and Wrong C. S. Lewis 8. The Categorical Imperative Immanuel Kant 9. The Virtues Aristotle 10. Master Morality and Slave Morality Friedrich Nietzsche 11. Caring Relations and Principles of Justice Virginia Held
12. On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion and Postscript on Infanticide Mary Anne Warren 13. Why Abortion Is Immoral Don Marquis 14. A Defense of Abortion Judith Jarvis Thomson
15. All Animals Are Equal Peter Singer 16. Torturing Puppies and Eating Meat: It’s All in Good Taste Alastair Norcross 17. Do Animals Have Rights? Tibor R. Machan
18. Famine, Affluence, and Morality Peter Singer 19. Poverty and Parenthood Stuart Rachels
THE DEATH PENALTY
20. A Defense of the Death Penalty Louis P. Pojman 21. Why the United States Will Join the Rest of the World in Abandoning Capital Punishment Stephen B. Bright
WAR, TERRORISM, AND TORTURE
22. Hellhole Atul Gawande 23. The Ethics of War and Peace Douglas P. Lackey 24. Fifty Years after Hiroshima John Rawls 25. What Is Wrong with Terrorism? Thomas Nagel 26. Liberalism, Torture, and the Ticking Bomb David Luban
SEX AND DRUGS
27. America’s Unjust Drug War Michael Huemer 28. Our Sexual Ethics Bertrand Russell 29. A Few Words about Gay Marriage Andrew Sullivan 30. Same-Sex Marriage and the Argument from Public Disagreement David Boonin 31. Alcohol and Rape Nicholas Dixon
RACE, WOMEN, AND IMMIGRATION
32. Letter from the Birmingham City Jail Martin Luther King Jr. 33. Is Racial Discrimination Arbitrary? Peter Singer 34. In Defense of Quotas James Rachels 35. Homeward Bound Linda Hirshman 36. The Case for Open Immigration Michael Huemer
37. The Morality of Euthanasia James Rachels 38. The Wrongfulness of Euthanasia J. Gay-Williams 39. The New Eugenics Matt Ridley 40. Human Cloning and the Challenge of Regulation John A. Robertson 41. Selling Organs for Transplantation Lewis Burrows 42. A Free Marked Would Reduce Donations and Would Commodify the Human Body James F. Childress