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Exploring Ethics

An Introductory Anthology

Third Edition

Steven M. Cahn

Publication Date - September 2013

ISBN: 9780199946587

496 pages
Paperback
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

A compact and cost-effective collection of readings on ethical theory and contemporary moral problems

Description

In this remarkably accessible, concise, and engaging introduction to moral philosophy, Steven M. Cahn brings together a rich, balanced, and wide-ranging collection of fifty readings on ethical theory and contemporary moral issues. He has carefully edited all the articles to ensure that they will be exceptionally clear and understandable to undergraduate students. The selections are organized into three parts--Challenges to Morality, Moral Theories, and Moral Problems--providing instructors with flexibility in designing and teaching a variety of ethics courses. Each reading is followed by study questions.

The third edition of Exploring Ethics provides more coverage of contemporary problems, featuring new selections on euthanasia, capital punishment, animal rights, affirmative action, academic ethics, the trolley problem, and the meaning of life. A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/cahn offers a password-protected Instructor's Manual--containing a test bank, key terms with definitions, reading summaries, and PowerPoint lectures--and self-quizzes, vocabulary flashcards, and useful links for students.

New to this Edition

  • Articles have been added on euthanasia, capital punishment, animal rights, affirmative action, moral issues in academia, the trolley problem, and the meaning of life.
  • The Thomas E. Hill Jr. and Arnulf Zweig edition of Kant's "Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals" replaces the translation by Mary Gregor, and more of Kant's work is included.
  • The articles by Don Marquis and Carl Cohen have been re-edited.

About the Author(s)

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of fifty books. Most recently, he wrote From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor (2008) and coauthored Polishing Your Prose: How to Turn First Drafts into Finished Work (2013). Dr. Cahn is the editor of Exploring Philosophy, Fourth Edition (2011), Classic and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Education, Second Edition (2011), and Political Philosophy, Second Edition (2010), all published by Oxford University Press.

Previous Publication Date(s)

September 2013
October 2010
February 2008

Reviews

"Exploring Ethics is better than other anthologies for several reasons; it offers a good combination of original/classic works and pieces that are summaries of views. It also stays at the introductory level and covers the topics that I teach--the theories and a good selection of issues for my intro. class. I rate this book a 10 because of its selections and its price."--Deborah White, University of Massachusetts Lowell

"The readings are quite accessible (and blessedly short!); students should have NO trouble finding their way through them without extra help. The book's price is right, it is easily accessible to all students (including ESL students), and it covers the right material."--Rebecca S. Hertsgaard, College of the Desert

"The editing is quite good: selections are pared down, in many cases, to their core arguments. The self-scoring quizzes are an excellent resource."--Thomas Atchison, Metropolitan State University

Table of Contents

    *=New to this Edition
    Preface
    INTRODUCTION
    1. Morality and Moral Philosophy, William K. Frankena
    2. Crito, Plato
    3. Phaedo, Plato
    4. Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr.
    PART I: CHALLENGES TO MORALITY
    5. How Not to Answer Moral Questions, Tom Regan
    6. God and Morality, Steven M. Cahn
    7. The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, James Rachels
    8. Right and Wrong, Thomas Nagel
    9. Egoism and Moral Scepticism, James Rachels
    10. Happiness and Immorality, Steven M. Cahn and Jeffrie G. Murphy
    11. The Nature of Ethical Disagreement, Charles L. Stevenson
    PART II: MORAL THEORIES
    12. The Categorical Imperative, Immanuel Kant
    13. A Simplified Account of Kant's Ethics, Onora O'Neill
    14. Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill
    15. Strengths and Weaknesses of Utilitarianism, Louis P. Pojman
    16. The Nature of Virtue, Aristotle
    17. Virtue Ethics, Bernard Mayo
    18. The Ethics of Care, Virginia Held
    19. The Social Contract, Thomas Hobbes
    20. A Theory of Justice, John Rawls
    PART III: MORAL PROBLEMS
    A. ABORTION
    21. A Defense of Abortion, Judith Jarvis Thomson
    22. On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion, Mary Anne Warren
    23. Why Abortion Is Immoral, Don Marquis
    24. Virtue Theory and Abortion, Rosalind Hursthouse
    B. EUTHANASIA
    25. Active and Passive Euthanasia, James Rachels
    * 26. The Intentional Termination of Life, Bonnie Steinbock
    C. WORLD HUNGER
    27. Famine, Affluence, and Morality, Peter Singer
    28. World Hunger and Moral Obligations: The Case against Singer, John Arthur
    D. TERRORISM
    29. Terrorism, Michael Walzer
    30. Is Terrorism Distinctively Wrong?, Lionel K. McPherson
    E. TORTURE
    31. Torture, Henry Shue
    32. Ticking Bombs, Torture, and the Analogy with Self-Defense, Daniel J. Hill
    F. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
    * 33. The Morality of Capital Punishment, Walter Berns
    * 34. The Death Penalty as a Symbolic Issue, Stephen Nathanson
    G. ANIMAL RIGHTS
    35. The Case for Animal Rights, Tom Regan
    36. Why Animals Have No Rights, Carl Cohen
    * 37. Speaking of Animal Rights, Mary Anne Warren
    H. THE ENVIRONMENT
    38. We Are What We Eat, Tom Regan
    39. Philosophical Problems for Environmentalism, Elliott Sober
    I. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
    40. Two Concepts of Affirmative Action, Steven M. Cahn
    41. What Good Am I?, Laurence Thomas
    * 42. The Truth in Advertising, Tom L. Beauchamp
    J. ACADEMIA
    * 43. Consensual Sex on Campus, Leslie Pickering Francis
    * 44. The Letter Writer's Dilemma, George Sher
    K. LIFE AND DEATH
    * 45. The Trolley Problem, Judith Jarvis Thomson
    * 46. Turning the Trolley, Judith Jarvis Thomson
    47. Death, Thomas Nagel
    L. THE MEANING OF LIFE
    48. The Meaning of Life, Richard Taylor
    * 49. Meaning in Life, Susan Wolf
    * 50. Meaningful Lives?, Christine Vitrano
    Index

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