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  • Copyright: 2001-06-25
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Perfect for introductory ethics courses, this popular anthology encourages a critical examination of contemporary moral problems by presenting differing viewpoints on issues like the death penalty; euthanasia; hate speech and censorship; world hunger and global justice; and the environment. The readings, of which over 40% are new to this Sixth Edition, include relevant legal opinions, as well as selections from the work of some of the most respected contemporary writers and thinkers.

Table of Contents

Indicates a new reading
The Unspeakable Crime of Abortion
On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion
Why Abortion is Immoral Judith
A Defense of Abortion
Majority Opinion in Roe v. Wade Justices Sandra Day O'Connor
Opinion in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern
Governor of Pennsylvania
Abortion: A Feminist Perspective
Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 1
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
Active and Passive Euthanasia
Killing and Allowing to Die
Voluntary Active Euthanasia
Objections to the Institutionalization of Euthanasia
Assisted Suicide Is Not Voluntary Active Euthanasia Chief Justice
Opinion of the Court in Washington v. Glucksberg
Concurring Opinion in Washington v. Glucksberg and Vacco v. Quill
Voluntary Death: A Comparison of Terminal Dehydration and Physician-Assisted Suicide
Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 2
The Death Penalty
Justices Potter Stewart
Opinion in Gregg v. Georgia Justice
Dissenting Opinion in Gregg v. Georgia
A Life for a Life
An Eye for an Eye?
Deterrence and the Death Penalty
Common Sense, the Deterrent Effect of the Death Penalty, and the Best Bet Argument
Studies Find Death Penalty Tied to Race of the Victims Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 3
Sexual Morality
Morality and Human Sexuality
Sexual Morality and the Concept of Using Another Person
The Harms of Consensual Sex
Why Shouldn't Tommy and Jim Have Sex? A Defense of Homosexuality
Majority Opinion in Bowers v. Hardwick
Dissenting Opinion in Bowers v. Hardwick
Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 4
Pornography, Hate Speech, and Censorship
On Liberty The Attorney's General's Commission on Pornography, The Question of Harm
Pornography, Oppression, and Freedom: A Closer Look
Feminism, Pornography, and Censorship
Majority Opinion in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union
Illinois Supreme Court
Opinion in Village of Skokie v. National Socialist Party of America
Racist Speech as the Functional Equivalent of Fighting Words
Liberalism and Campus Hate Speech: A Philosophical Examination
Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 5
Drug Control and Addiction
Opinion in Commonwealth v. Joseph
The Ethics of Addiction
The Ethics of Smoking
The Case for Legalization
Against the Legalization of Drugs
Addiction and Drug Policy
Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 6
Social and Economic Justice
What Libertarianism Is
A Moral Case for Socialism
Five Faces of Oppression
The African-American Underclass and the Question of Values
Paternalism and Welfare
The End of Welfare
Liberal Equality and Inherited Wealth
Homelessness and the Issue of Freedom
Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 7
World Hunger and Poverty
The Presidential Commission on World Hunger
Why Should the United States Be Concerned
Living on a Lifeboat
Some Facts About Famine
Property and Hunger
Closing the Gender Gap in Development
Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 8
All Animals Are Equal
The Case for Animal Rights
Moral Vegetarianism and the Argument from Pain and Suffering
The Case for the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research
Human and Animal Rights Compared
Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 9
The Environment
People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution
For Free Market Environmentalism
Against Free Market Environmentalism
Just Garbage
The Land Ethic
Environmental Ethics
Deep Ecology
Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness
Preservation: A Third World Critique
Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 10
About the Contributors
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