Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Moral Issues

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TAKING SIDES: MORAL ISSUES, 12/epresents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. An instructor´┐Żs manual with testing material is available for each volume. USING TAKING SIDES IN THE CLASSROOM is also an excellent instructor resource with practical suggestions on incorporating this effective approach in the classroom. Each TAKING SIDES reader features an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites and is supported by a book website. Visitwww.mhcls.com..

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Correlation Guidep. xiv
Introductionp. xvii
Fundamental Issues In Moralityp. 1
Is Moral Relativism Correct?p. 2
Yes: from "Moral Relativism," in Gilbert Harman and Judith Jarvis Thomson, eds., Moral Relativism and Moral Objectivity (Blackwell, 1996)p. 4
No: from "The Case Against Moral Relativism," in Louis P. Pojman and Lewis Vaughn, eds., The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (Oxford University Press, 2007)p. 13
Does Morality Need Religion?p. 24
Yes: from The Shape of the Good: Christian Reflections on the Foundations of Ethics (University of Notre Dame Press, 1991)p. 26
No: from "Religion, Morality, and Conscience," in John Arthur, ed., Morality and Moral Controversies, 4th ed. (Prentice Hall, 1996)p. 35
Gender, Sex, and Reproductionp. 49
Is Abortion Immoral?p. 50
Yes: from "Why Abortion Is Immoral," Journal of Philosophy (April 1989)p. 52
No: from "Abortion and the Concept of a Person," Canadian Journal of Philosophy (October 1975)p. 60
Must Sex Involve Commitment?p. 70
Yes: from Reflective Naturalism (Macmillan, 1969)p. 72
No: from "Plain Sex," Philosophy and Public Affairs (Spring 1977)p. 78
Is It Right to Prohibit Same-Sex Marriage?p. 86
Yes: from "Is It Wrong to Discriminate on the Basis of Homosexuality?" Journal of Social Philosophy, vol. 26, no. 1 (Spring, 1995)p. 88
No: from "Same-Sex Marriage and the Argument from Public Disagreement," Journal of Social Philosophy, vol. 30, no. 2 (Summer 1999)p. 99
Should Human Cloning Be Banned?p. 110
Yes: from "The Ethical Implications of Human Cloning," Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Spring 2005)p. 112
No: from "Human Cloning and the Challenge of Regulation," The New England Journal of Medicine (July 9, 1998)p. 118
Law And Societyp. 127
Is Cloning Pets Ethically Justified?p. 128
Yes: "Creating Fido's Twin," Hastings Center Report (July/August 2005)p. 130
No: from "Cloning Companion Animals Is Wrong," Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (vol. 5, no. 3, 2002)p. 140
Should Congress Allow the Buying and Selling of Human Organs?p. 146
Yes: from "Selling Organs for Transplantation," The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine (September, 2004)p. 148
No: from "Should Congress Allow the Buying and Selling of Human Organs? No," Insight on the News (May 7, 2001)p. 153
Should Drugs be Legalized?p. 159
Yes: from "Legalize Drugs Now! An Analysis of the Benefits of Legalized Drugs," American Journal of Economics and Sociology (July 2000)p. 161
No:Drug Enforcement Administration, from "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization," http://www.DEA.gov (May 2003)p. 170
Is Gambling Immoral?p. 183
Yes: from "Gambling: A Preliminary Inquiry," Business Ethics Quarterly (vol. 3, no. 4, 1993)p. 185
No: from "Is Gambling Immoral? A Virtue Ethics Approach," in Mark Timmons, ed., Disputed Moral Issues (Oxford University Press, 2007)p. 194
Is Affirmative Action Fair?p. 207
Yes: from "Affirmative Action: Pro," in Albert G. Mosley and Nicholas Capaldi, eds., Affirmative Action: Social Justice or Unfair Preference? (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996)p. 209
No: from "The Case Against Affirmative Action," International Journal of Applied Philosophy (Spring 1998)p. 221
Should Licensing for Handguns Be More Restrictive?p. 233
Yes: from "The Ethics of Restrictive Licensing for Handguns: Comparing the United States and Canadian Approaches to Handgun Regulation," Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (Winter 2007)p. 235
No: from "The False Promise of Gun Control," The Atlantic Monthly (March 1994)p. 250
Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?p. 261
Yes: from Punishment in America: Social Control and the Ironies of Imprisonment (Sage, 1999)p. 263
No: from "The Death Penalty Once More," U.C. Davis Law Review (Summer 1985)p. 277
Is Torture Ever Justified?p. 290
Yes: from "Not Enough Official Torture in the World?" University of San Francisco Law Review (Spring 2005)p. 292
No: from "Tragic Choices: Reaffirming Absolutes in the Torture Debate," International Journal of Applied Philosophy (vol. 19, no. 2, 2005)p. 301
Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Wrong?p. 314
Yes: from "Assisted Suicide: Pro-Choice or Anti-Life?" Hastings Center Report (January/February 1989)p. 316
No: from "Assisted Suicide Is Not Voluntary Active Euthanasia," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (October 1992)p. 323
Human Beings And Other Speciesp. 333
Does Morality Require Vegetarianism?p. 334
Yes: from "Why We Should Be Vegetarians," International Journal of Applied Philosophy (vol. 20, no. 2, 2006)p. 336
No: from Environmental Ethics: Duties to and Values in the Natural World (Temple University Press, 1988)p. 348
Contributorsp. 355
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