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Disputed Moral Issues A Reader

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  • Copyright: 2006-12-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Ideal for courses in contemporary moral problems, introduction to ethics, and applied ethics, Disputed Moral Issues: A Reader is a comprehensive anthology that brings together sixty-seven engaging articles on a wide range of contemporary moral issues. Carefully selected and edited for an undergraduate audience, the essays are organized into twelve chapters that cover: * Sexual morality * Pornography, hate speech, and censorship * Drugs, gambling, and addiction * Sexism, racism, and reparation * Euthanasia and suicide * Abortion * Cloning and genetic enhancement * The death penalty * War, terrorism, and torture * World hunger and poverty * Animals * The environment Striking a unique balance between moral theory and applied ethics, editor Mark Timmons provides students with an accessible Moral Theory Primer (Chapter 1), in which he outlines the guiding principles of moral theory, presents six central moral theories, and relates those theories to the issues debated in the articles. Each of the remaining chapters is preceded by an introduction that explains key concepts and shows how theories from the Moral Theory Primer are connected to the arguments presented in that chapter's essays. Each selection is preceded by a brief summary and reader cues, which direct students to a specific section of the Moral Theory Primer in order to best help them understand the essay in question. A "Quick Guide to Moral Theories" appendix, an extensive glossary of key terms, and suggested further readings after each chapter further enhance the text. A "User's Guide," which follows the preface, shows instructors how they can integrate moral theories and applied ethics into their courses.

Table of Contents

open with an Introduction and end with Further Reading
Preface: User''s Guide
A Moral Theory Primer
What Is a Moral Theory?
Six Essential Moral Theories
Natural Law Theory
Kantian Moral Theory
Rights-Based Moral Theory
Virtue Ethics
Ethics of Prima Facie Duty
Coping with Many Moral Theories
Ethics by Authority?
Sexual Morality
Vatican Declaration on Some Questions of Sexual Ethics
A Liberal View of Sexual Morality and the Concept of Using Another Person
Virtue Ethics and Adultery
Against Homosexual Marriage
Why Shouldn''t Tommy and Jim Have Sex? A Defense of Homosexuality
Should Feminists Oppose Prostitution?
Pornography, Hate Speech, and Censorship
The Attorney General''s Commission on Pornography
Pornography and Harm
Why Censoring Pornography Would Not Reduce Discrimination or Violence against Women
Liberty and Pornography
Pornography and Degradation
Racist Speech as the Functional Equivalent of Fighting Words
Drugs, Gambling, and Addiction
Drug-Free America or Free America?
Against the Legalization of Drugs
Permissible Paternalism: Saving Smokers from Themselves
Addiction and Drug Policy
Why Is Gambling Wrong?
Is Gambling Immoral? A Virtue Ethics Approach
Sexism, Racism, and Reparation
Marilyn Frye
Racism as a Model for Understanding Sexism
Racist Acts and Racist Humor
Reparations to Native Americans?
Why Affirmative Action Is Immoral
The Message of Affirmative Action
Euthanasia and Suicide
Suicide as a Violation of Duty to Oneself
Active and Passive Euthanasia
The Intentional Termination of Life
Voluntary Active Euthanasia
Assisted Suicide: Pro-Choice or Anti-Life?
Assisted Suicide Is Not Voluntary Active Euthanasia
The Unspeakable Crime of Abortion
On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion
A Defense of Abortion
Why Abortion Is Immoral
A Kantian Argument against Abortion
Virtue Theory and Abortion
Cloning and Genetic Enhancement
Liberty, Identity, and Human Cloning
Preventing Brave New World
Will Cloning Harm People?
Human Cloning: A Kantian Approach
The Case against Perfection
The Death Penalty
Punishment and the Principle of Equality
An Eye for an Eye?
A Defense of the Death Penalty
The Case against the Death Penalty
Capital Attrition: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973-1995
War, Terrorism, and Torture
Does Morality Apply to War?
Terrorism and Morality
After 9/11: Five Questions about Terrorism
Terrorism and International Justice
Should the Ticking Bomb Terrorist Be Tortured?
World Hunger and PovertyGarrett Hardin
Lifeboat Ethics
Famine, Affluence, and Morality
World Hunger and Moral Obligation
Property and Hunger
A Kantian Approach to World Hunger
AnimalsPeter Singer
All Animals Are Equal
In Defense of Speciesism
The Case for Animal Rights
Human and Animal Rights Compared
A New Argument for Vegetarianism
The EnvironmentWilliam F. Baxter
People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution
The Land Ethic
The Ethics of Re
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