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Published: 19 October 2021

448 Pages

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190074449

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Ethical Choices

Third Edition

Richard Burnor

  • Balanced and highly accessible coverage of a wide range of ethical theories and perspectives, including consequentialist ethics, deontological ethics, natural and virtue ethics, the ethics of care, and ethics and religion
  • Compelling case studies in every chapter, carefully matched with the theoretical material, provide students with practice in addressing real-life moral choices, as well as opportunities to evaluate the usefulness and applicability of each ethical theory
  • Thought Questions at the conclusion of each case study guide students as they reflect upon the issues raised by that case
  • Numerous pedagogical features--including summaries at the end of each major section of a chapter, lists of key terms, For Discussion questions at the end of each chapter, Guidelines for a Case Study Analysis, and suggestions For Further Reading that include Internet sources--aid in student study and understanding of the material

New to this Edition:

  • A major section on personal identity has been added to Chapter Three: Autonomy - which many students will find particularly interesting and relevant to themselves.
  • Chapter Five: Moral Psychology has received a significant amount of new material reflecting more recent progress in cognitive science where it seems relevant to doing ethics and thinking morally.
  • The discussion of egoism was separated from that of moral psychology, creating Chapter Six: Egoism as a stand-alone chapter. Considerations both in favor of and opposing ethical egoism have been added to make the chapter a more careful treatment of egoism than is often found in other texts.
  • Chapter Nine: Deontology adds a new section on Kant's Kingdom of Ends.
  • Chapter Eleven: Social Contract theory adds a new section on structural violence.
  • Chapter Thirteen: Feminism and Care Ethics adds a new section addressing more recent developments in feminist ethics.
  • The previous edition's theoretical presentation of ethical pluralism was removed due to its complexity. In place of previously just one chapter, the new edition includes a largely new Part III with several chapters in applied ethics.
  • Chapter Sixteen: Organizational Ethics is now a stand-alone chapter which replaces the previous analysis of whistleblowing with a new account.
  • The previous material on environmental ethics has been made into stand-alone Chapter Seventeen: Environmental Ethics, which now includes climate change and the Paris Accord.
  • Chapter Eighteen: Obligations to Future Generations is a new stand-alone chapter.

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