Applying Ethics A Text with Readings

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
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Discover the ethical implications and issues surrounding today's most compelling social dilemmas—from genetic engineering and cloning to terrorism and the use of torture—with Applying Ethics: A Text With Readings.

Framed by the authors' helpful introductions and supported by a variety of readings and cases that reflect both sides of the topics being explored, this best-selling book offers a balanced introduction to ethics today.

"I think that the author is overall accurate in assessing the field - it is exactly the kind of textbook that adequately addresses the critical thinking component of Contemporary Moral Problems. While it could be improved in some, relatively minor ways, the structure of this textbook is ideal for this type of course."- Dr. Nenad Popovic, Southern Methodist University

"I think this is a very good ethics text with coverage of the main hot topics in contemporary applied ethics. I also very much like the "arguments for/against" sections. They are very nicely done and succinctly worded, a bit like a point/counterpoint section for each chapter." - Dr. Rocco J. Gennaro, Indiana State University

Table of Contents

Moral Reasoning
Moral Reasons
Moral Reasoning
Individual Morality and Social Morality
Ethical Relativism
Principles of Individual Morality
Principles of Social Morality
Summary and Conclusions
Readings: "Moral Virtue,"
"Respect for Persons,"
"A Theory of Justice,"
"The Ethics of Care,"
Good Reasoning
Evaluating Moral Arguments
Summary and Conclusions
Sexual Morality
The Traditional View
The Libertarian View
Treating Sex Differently
Arguments for Sexual Libertarianism
Arguments against Sexual Libertarianism
Readings: "Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics," The Vatican
"Sexual Morality and the Concept of Using Another Person,"
"Should a Feminist Choose a Marriage-Like Relationship?"
"The Case for Lesbian and Gay Marriage,"
Case Presentations: Disease v. Promiscuity?
Lawrence v. Texas: Private Rights and Public Morality
Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health: A Right of Gay Marriage
A Slippery Slope to Polygamy?
Biological Background
The Moral Problem
The Ontological Status of the Fetus
The Moral Status of the Fetus
Pro-Life Arguments (against Abortion)
Pro-Choice Arguments (for Abortion)
Readings: "Why Abortion is Immoral,"
"A Defense of Abortion,"
"On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion,"
"Virtue Theory and Abortion,"
Case Presentations: Conceived in Violence, Born in Hate
Death in Pensacola
The Fight for Martina Greywind's Baby
Sex-Selection Abortions
Ordinary vs. Extraordinary Treatment
Killing vs. Allowing to Die
Meaning of Euthanasia: Narrow vs. Broad Interpretations
Voluntary vs. Nonvoluntary Euthanasia
Assisted Suicide
The Right to Refuse Treatment
Defective Newborns
Arguments for Voluntary (Active) Euthanasia
Arguments against Voluntary (Active) Euthanasia
Readings: "The Wrongfulness of Euthanasia,"
"Voluntary Active Euthanasia,"
"Active and Passive Euthanasia,"
"Gender, Feminism, and Death: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,"
Case Presentations: "I Did It Because I Loved My Son."
"A Choice Central to Personal Dignity."
Legalized Assisted Suicide and Decriminalized Euthanasia
Terri Schiavo: Voluntary Euthanasia or Murder?
Genetic Engineering, Stem Cell Research, and Human Cloning
How Cloning Works: A Brief History
Why Clone Humans?
Moral and Legal Issues
Stem Cell Research
Arguments against Human Cloning
Arguments for Human Cloning
Readings: "The Case against Perfection,"
"Moral Status of Cloning Humans,"
"The Morality of Killing Human Embryos,"
"Stem Cells, Biotechnology, and Human Rights: Implications for a Posthuman Future,"
Case Presentations: Recommendations of the President's Council on Bioethics
A Birth to Save a Life
Presidential Policy
Eight is Enough
Capital Punishment
The Nature and Definition of Punishment
The Moral Acceptability of Punishment
Aims of Punishment
Retentionist and Abolitionist Defined
Capital Punishment as Deterrent
Abolitionist Arguments (against Capital Punishment)
Retentionist Arguments (for Capital Punishment)
Readings: "Speech in Favor of Capital Punishment,"
"A Life for a Life,"
"On Deterrence and the Death Penalty,"
"Capital Punishment and Social Defense,"
Case Presentations
Rehabilitation on Death Row?
A Failed Experiment?
Punishing Child Rapists
War, Terrorism, and Civil Liberties
Just War Theory
Preemptive Wars
Violence and Terrorism
Civil Liberties
Arguments for Trading Civil Liberties for Safety
Arguments against Trading Civil Liberties for Safety
Readings: "The Triumph of Just War Theory (and the Dangers of Success),"
"Violence, Terrorism, and Justice,"
"Make Torture an Option,"
"Torture and the Ticking Bomb,"
Case Presentations: Preemptive War
Driving While Veiled
Fear of Flying
The Geneva Conventions and Guantanamo Bay
Globalization and Social Justice
Distribution Justice
Equality, Need, and Merit
Libertarianism, Welfare Liberalism, and Socialism
Argument for Global Aid
Arguments against Global Aid
Readings: "What We Owe to the Global Poor,"
"Sweatshops and Respect for Persons,"
"Illegal Immigrants, Health Care, and Social Responsibility,"
"Female Genital Circumcision and Conventionalist Ethical Relativism,"
Case Presentations: Stopping the Sweatshops
Is There a Right to Health Care?
Do Illegal Immigrants Have a Right to Education?
Yearning to Breathe Free
Discrimination: Its Nature and Forms
Evidence of Discrimination
Affirmative Action: Preferential Treatment?
Arguments against Affirmative Action
Arguments for Affirmative Action
Readings: "The Justification of Reverse Discrimination,"
"A Defense of Programs of Preferential Treatment,"
"Reverse Discrimination as Unjustified,"
"Class, Not Race,"
Case Presentations: Proposition 209
Grutter v. Bollinger: Taking Race into Account
Reparations: An Overdue Debt to African Slaves in America?
Friendly Sexual Harassment?
Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics
What Do We Owe Nonhuman Animals?
What's Wrong with Speciesism?
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Problems
The Moral Issue
Why Environmental Ethics?
Arguments for Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Environment
Arguments Against Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Environment
Readings: "All Animals Are Equal or Why Supporters of Liberation for Blacks and Women Should Support Animal Liberation Too,"
"The Case for Animal Rights,"
"Do Animals Have Rights?"
"The Ethics of Respect for Nature,"
Case Presentations: Animal Liberators
Religious Sacrifice
A Metaphor for the Energy Debate
The Spotted Owl
Computer Ethics and the Internet
What Is Computer Ethics?
Issues in Computer Ethics
Arguments in Favor of Ethical Conduct With Computers and the Internet
Arguments against Ethical conduct With Computers and the Internet
Readings: "The Constitution in Cyberspace: Law and Liberty Beyond the Electronic Frontier,"
"Free Speech in Cyberspace,"
"Is it Moral to Make Copies of Software for My Friends?"
"Cyberstalking, Personal Privacy, and Moral Responsibility,"
Case Presentations: Ticketed for Obscenity on the Information
A Chill in Cyberspace
Censoring Political Speech
Pirates of the Campuses
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