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Published: 18 October 2012

736 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199922260

Bookseller Code (04)

Contemporary Moral Arguments

Readings in Ethical Issues

Second Edition

Lewis Vaughn

New to this Edition:

  • The most important change is an expanded introductory chapter on moral reasoning that gives students *more help in evaluating arguments* in the rough-that is, in the sometimes bumpy terrain of essays and excerpts. There's a new section that shows by example how to do just that, with *a sample essay dissected step by step, followed by argument exercises for student practice.*
  • A new chapter on drugs and autonomy makes its debut here, focusing on the harm argument against drug use and the argument against paternalism. The readings offered are classics in the field: "Against Legalization of Drugs" by James Q. Wilson; "A Moral Right to Use Drugs" by Douglas N. Husak; "Paternalism" by Gerald Dworkin; and "What Libertarianism Is" by John Hospers.
  • Three additional readings supplement other chapters: Hursthouse's "Virtue Theory and Abortion" in the abortion chapter; John Arthur's "Sticks and Stones" in the chapter on pornography and free speech; and Baxter's "People or Penguins" in the animal rights and environmental chapter.
  • A new section on ethical egoism now appears in chapter 2 (Moral Theories).
  • Many text boxes, including "Facts and Figures" and "Public Opinion," have been updated to reflect the latest information on abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide, genetic engineering, capital punishment, war and terrorism, and economic and global justice.

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