Journals Higher Education



Published: 21 June 2017

544 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190631314

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The Ethical Life

Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems

Fourth Edition

Russ Shafer-Landau

  • Contains forty-two engaging and accessible readings, organized into four parts that introduce readers to each of the major branches of moral philosophy
  • Provides thorough coverage in a compact format that offers instructors flexibility in teaching without covering an overwhelming amount of material in one semester
  • Can be used as a stand-alone reader or as a companion volume to Shafer-Landau's The Fundamentals of Ethics, Fourth Edition
  • Includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter
  • Supported by a comprehensive ancillary program that includes an online Ancillary Resource Center with an Instructor's Manual and Computerized Test Bank, reading summaries, PowerPoint lecture outlines, and a Companion Website with self-quizzes and additional resources for students

New to this Edition:

  • Fourteen new readings, including: Brad Hooker's assessment of different theories of well-being and Susan Wolf's popular paper on the relationship between happiness and meaning in life (Part I); Selections from two classics: Thomas Aquinas's presentation of natural law theory and John Stuart Mill's exposition of utilitarian ethics (Part II); Gilbert Harman's influential challenge to the objectivity of ethics, a challenge that unfavorably contrasts morality with the natural sciences (Part III); Kwame Anthony Appiah's piece inviting us to reflect on the morality of contemporary practices by asking what future generations will condemn us for; Eric Posner and Cass Sunstein's discussion of what justice requires when facing the challenges of climate change; Chris Lebron on the need for a new black radicalism; Elizabeth Anderson's argument for the importance of racial integration as a social policy; and Peter de Marneffe's arguments against the legalization of drugs (Part IV)
  • New sections on copyright law and guns in Part IV, featuring two commissioned pieces that focus specifically on the morality of (il)legally downloading music, one by Jon Trerise and another by Tim Anderson and D.E. Wittkower, and two opposing pieces on guns by Jeff McMahan and Michael Huemer

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