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Contemporary Moral Problems

Contemporary Moral Problems - 9th edition

ISBN13: 978-0495553205

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ISBN13: 978-0495553205
ISBN10: 0495553204
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Edition/Copyright: 9TH 09
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2009
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Contemporary Moral Problems - 9TH 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0495553205

James E. White

ISBN13: 978-0495553205
ISBN10: 0495553204
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 9TH 09
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc

Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

Explore today's challenging moral terrain with James White's CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS. The ninth edition examines the compelling and contentious debate over society's most pressing ethical controversies. This anthology covers divergent viewpoints on many timely issues and introduces you to the major theories in the history of Western ethics. This balanced collection features carefully chosen readings on classic topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment. It also engages students in current debates about global warming, torture, war and terrorism, and same-sex marriage. Fourteen new reading selections in this edition ensure up-to-date coverage of contemporary moral issues. This book's well-crafted introductions to each chapter and reading; emphasis on opposing viewpoints; probing review and discussion questions; and provocative case studies ensure that you will develop a rich understanding of ethical theories and the issues to which they apply. Depend on this accessible, comprehensive anthology to engage you in a lively and informed discussion of contemporary ethics.

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. ETHICAL THEORIES. Introduction. James Rachels: Egoism and Moral Scepticism. John Arthur: Religion, Morality, and Conscience. Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Natural Law. David Hume: Morality is Based on Sentiment Mary Midgley: Trying Out One�s New Sword. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism. Immanuel Kant: The Categorical Imperative. Aristotle: Happiness and Virtue. John Rawls: A Theory of Justice. Jean Grimshaw: The Idea of a Female Ethic. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.

2. ABORTION. Introduction. The U.S. Supreme Court: Roe v. Wade (1973). John T. Noonan, Jr.: An Almost Absolute Value in History. Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion. Mary Anne Warren: On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion Sidney Callahan: Abortion and the Sexual Agenda. Don Marquis: An Argument that Abortion is Wrong. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.

3. EUTHANASIA AND THE DUTY TO DIE. Introduction. James Rachels: Active and Passive Euthanasia. Bonnie Steinbock: The Intentional Termination of Life. Phillippa Foot: Killing and Letting Die. John Harris: The Survival Lottery. John Hardwig: Is There a Duty to Die? Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.

4. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. Introduction. The U.S. Supreme Court: Gregg v. Georgia (1976). Immanuel Kant: The Retributive Theory of Punishment. Ernest van den Haag: The Ultimate Punishment. Jeffrey H. Reiman: Justice, Civilization, and the Death Penalty. David Gelernter: What Do Murderers Deserve? Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.

5. GAY RIGHTS AND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Introduction Martha Nussbaum: Gay Rights Jeff Jordan: Is it Wrong to Discriminate on the Basis of Homosexuality? Jonathan Rauch: Who Needs Marriage? Maggie Gallagher: What Marriage is For. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.

6. DRUGS AND ADDICTION. Introduction. Thomas Szasz: The Ethics of Addiction. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration: Speaking Out. Against Drug Legalization. Daniel Shapiro: Addiction and Drug Policy. Robert E. Goodin: The Ethics of Smoking. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.

7. THE MORAL STATUS OF ANIMALS. Introduction. Immanuel Kant: Our Duties to Animals. Peter Singer: All Animals Are Equal. Tom Regan: The Case for Animal Rights. Mary Anne Warren: Difficulties with the Strong Animal Rights Position. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.

8. GLOBAL WARMING AND CONSUMPTION. Introduction Robert Hood: Global Warming Bjorn Lomborg: The Cost of Global Warming. Alan Thein Durning: The Environmental Costs of Consumption. Peter Singer: Famine, Affluence, and Morality. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.

9. WAR AND TERRORISM. Introduction. Douglas P. Lackey: Pacifism. William V. O�Brien: The Conduct of Just and Limited War Louise Richardson: What is Terrorism? Laurie Calhoun: The Terrorist�s Tacit Message Claudia Card: Questions Regarding a War on Terrorism. David Luban: The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.

10. TORTURE. Introduction. Henry Shue: Torture David Luban: Torture and the Ticking Bomb. Heather MacDonald: How to Interrogate Terrorists. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.