Ethics : Theory and Contemporary Issues (with InfoTrac)

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-05-19
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Through a combination of the illuminating overviews composed by the editor and readings drawn from important traditional and contemporary sources, MacKinnon's ETHICS provides students with an introduction to both ethical theory and the moral debates surrounding a variety of contemporary issues. Edited with the intention of providing reader friendly, but not superficial, access to many complex concepts, ETHICS is a comprehensive and clear-sighted introduction to both the general and specific guises ethical deliberation is obliged to take.

Table of Contents

1. Ethics and Ethical Reasoning
Plato: Republic, Book II, The Myth of Gyges
Plato, Euthyphro
2. Relativism
Mary Midgley: Trying Out One's New Sword
3. Egoism
Hobbes: Leviathan
Ayn Rand: The Virtue of Selfishness
4. Utilitarianism
John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism
5. Kant's Moral Theory
Immanuel Kant: Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals
6. Natural Law and Natural Rights
Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics
John Locke: Two Treatises of Civil Government
7. Virtue Ethics
Philipa Foot: Virtues and Vices
Annette Baier: The Need for More than Justice
8. Euthanasia
Gay-Williams: The Wrongfulness of Euthanasia
Richard Brandt: A Moral Principle about Killing
9. Abortion
Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion
Don Marquis: Why Abortion is Immoral
10. Sexual Morality
Thomas Nagel: Sexual Perversion
Richard D
Mohr: Gay Basics: Some Questions, Facts, and Values
11. Pornography
Ann Gary: Pornography and Respect for Women
John Stuart Mill: On Liberty
12. Equality and Discrimination
Richard Wasserstrom: On Racism and Sexism, Realities and Ideals
Lisa Newton: Reverse Discrimination as Unjustified
13. Economic Justice
John Rawls: A Theory of Justice
Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State and Utopia
14. Legal Punishment and the Death Penalty
Hugo Adam Bedau: A World without Punishment
Ernest Van Den Haag: The Ultimate Punishment: A Defense
15. Environmental Ethics
William F
Baxter: People or Penguins
Holmes Rolston III: Values in the Natural World
Arne Naess: A Defense of the Deep Ecology Movement
16. Animal Rights
Peter Singer: All Animals are Equal
Bonnie Steinbock: Speciesism and the Idea of Equality
17. Genetics and Human Cloning
Leon Kass: The Wisdom of Repugnance
Ronald M
Green: Much Ado about Mutton
18. Terrorism, Violence, and War
Frey and Christopher W
Morris: Violence, Terrorism, and Justice
Elizabeth Anscombe: War and Murder
19. Global Issues and Globalization
Peter Singer: Famine, Affluence, and Morality
Herman E
Daly: Globalization and its Discontents
Polly Toynbee: Who's Afraid of Global Culture? Appendix: How to Write an Ethics Paper

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