Summary: Connects ethical theory to ethical practice. Ethics for Modern Life demonstrates for students how analyzing and understanding philosophical principles helps them make more informed choices about he dilemmas they face in their own lives.
An anthology with a mix of classic and contemporary readings that presents the relevant issues of our time. After introducing students in Part I to the main theories on ethical judgements and moral responsibility by such thi...show morenkers as Kant, Mill, Foot, Blackburn, and Strawson (among others), Parts II and III demonstrate these theories in action by presenting a wide range of readings on issues that are relevant to today's students such as euthanasia, capital punishment, animal rights, and genetic engineering
Helpful apparatus. Every chapter ends with questions for discussion and a list of suggested readings, providing students with an opportunity for further study. New to This Edition :
More readings than ever before. The Sixth Edition offers 50 readings (34 new), more selections than ever before, giving instructors more choices, while introducing students to such contemporary voices as Simon Blackburn, Frances Kamm, Hilary Putnam, and Tom Regan.
Three new issues are drawn from today's headlines. The Sixth Edition offers discussion on three new issues particularly relevant today: genetic engineering, multiculturalism and political correctness, and war and terrorism.
Literary selections now open each Part, engaging students immediately with the issues that will be confronted--in Part I, an excerpt from Sophocles's Philoctetes raises the issue of individual human rights vs. the needs of the community, Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equation" introduces Part II and dramatizes the dilemmas of taking human life,andin Part III, an excerpt from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World warns of the dangers of social engineering.
New Part Introductions. Each Part introduction has been rewritten and streamlined for a more focused chapter introduction.
An exciting new TopLinks Website. This dynamic TopLink site connects students to research links on topics that are tied directly to the Chapters in ~Ethics for Modern Life,~ allowing them to find sources on the web quickly and easily.
Edition/Copyright:6TH 03 Cover: Paperback Publisher:St. Martins Press, Inc. Published: 12/13/2002 International: No
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Abelson, Raziel : New York University
Friquegnon, Marie Louise : William Paterson University
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PART I THE NATURE OF MORALITY Sophocles, From Philoctetes*
CHAPTER 1 STANDARDS OF RIGHT AND WRONG Robert M. Adams, Divine Command* Immanuel Kant, Rationality John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism* Gil Harmon, Convention* Thomas Scanlon, Contractualism* Philippa Foot, Virture Ethics Friedrich Nietzsche, Self Assertion Annette Baier, Feminist Ethics
CHAPTER 2 WHEN ARE WE RESPONSIBLE? Galen Strawson, Hard Determinism* Roderick Chisholm, Libertarianism Peter Van Inwagen, Indeterminism* Simon Blackburn, Soft Determinism* Susan Wolf, Hard and Soft Determinism
PART II THE MORALITY OF TAKING LIFE Tom Godwin, The Cold Equation*
CHAPTER 3 PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA Dan W. Brock, The Moral Justifiability of Assisted Suicide* Daniel Callahan, The Immorality of Assisted Suicide* Frances Kamm, A Right to Choose Death* Sissela Bok, Too Dangerous*
CHAPTER 4 ABORTION Philip Devine, The Wrongs of Abortion* Mary Anne Warren, The Right to Abortion Paul Wilkes, The Moral Dilemma of Abortion*
CHAPTER 5 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Louis P. Pojman, The Wisdom of Capital Punishment* Jeffrey Reiman, The Folly of Capital Punishment* Supreme Court Justice H. Blackmun, Dissenting from Collins vs. Collins* Supreme Court Justice A. Scalia, Cocurring with Collins vs. Collins*
PART III THE GOOD SOCIETY Aldous Huxley, From Brave New World*
CHAPTER 6 FAMINE RELIEF Peer Singer, Rich and Poor Garrett Hardin, The Harm of Famine Relief
CHAPTER 7 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS Al Gore, The Need for Environmental Protection* Wallace Kaufman, The Excesses of Environmentalism*
CHAPTER 8 PRIVACY AND ITS LIMITS John Stuart Mill, The Private Domain Gerald Dworkin, Paternalism David A.J. Richards, Sex, Drugs and Privacy
CHAPTER 9 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Lisa Newton, The Injustice of Reverse Discrimination Ronald Dworkin, The Justice of Affirmative Action Charles Murray, Affirmative Racism* Gertrude Ezorsky, A Reply to Critics of Affirmative Action*
CHAPTER 10 DO ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTS? Tom Regan, Animals Have Rights* Ruth Cigman, Animals Do Not Have Rights Christina Hoff, Immoral and Moral Uses of Animals*
CHAPTER 11 IS GENETIC ENGINEERING GOOD OR BAD?* Robert Sinsheimer, Too Dangerous* Stephen Stich, Worth the Risk* Hilary Putnam, Against Cloning People* John Harris, Why Not Clone?*
CHAPTER 12 MULTICULTURALISM AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS* Lawrence Foster, In Support of Multiculturalism* Jan Narveson, Against Multiculturalism*
CHAPTER 13 WAR AND TERRORISM* Burleigh T .Wilkins, Can Terrorism Be Justified?* A. R. Louch, Terrorism Is Immoral*
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