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College Ethics

A Reader on Moral Issues that Affect You

Second Edition

Bob Fischer

Publication Date - 01 September 2020

ISBN: 9780190063337

752 pages
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

In Stock

The only available anthology on issues that directly affect today's college students


Ideal for introductory ethics or contemporary moral issues courses, College Ethics: A Reader on Moral Issues That Affect You, Second Edition, is a collection of brief, engaging, and accessible readings on issues that directly affect--and matter to--today's college students.

New to this Edition

  • An expanded introduction to critical thinking and ethics
  • Seventeen new essays on such topics as ghosting, racialized sexual preferences, accommodating trans identities, student activism, firearms on campus, the ethics of social media use, whether universities should divest from fossil fuels, whether general education courses are a scam, the ethics of career choice, the ethics of technology use, and whether student-athletes should be paid
  • Additional classic essays, including Thomson and Marquis on abortion
  • Updated essay abstracts, comprehension and discussion questions, and case studies throughout the book


  • Focuses on issues that are directly relevant to students' lives
  • Includes material on matters of pressing importance on campuses
  • Includes material on academic ethics

About the Author(s)

Bob Fischer is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas State University. He is the editor of Ethics,
Left and Right: The Moral Issues That Divide Us (OUP, 2020) and the author of Animal Ethics--A Contemporary Introduction (forthcoming in 2021).


"Bob Fischer's College Ethics is a refreshing departure from the standard anthologies in moral problems and applied ethics. It has proven to be eminently useful in course organization, structuring discussions, and walking students through difficult and/or triggering topics with clarity and nuance."--Justin L. Harmon, Southern Oregon University

"When I use the book in class, students actually want to do the readings, and they are so engaged that they run the discussion. I much prefer Fischer's text to any other on the market because no other text presents issues in which the students are already engaged. Before class, students may not recognize that they are in the midst of ethical dilemmas in their everyday lives; once they recognize this in class, ethics becomes a live, relevant area of study. No other book besides this one captures the students' immediate context."--Olga S. Gerhart, Texas State University

"I would recommend this book to anyone teaching philosophical/ethical ideas to philosophy neophytes. Applying ethical concepts to the concrete college experience is tremendously helpful. If students can speak from their own experience, then they can better apply their own meaning to the ideas and concepts of philosophy and ethics (and vice versa)."--Richard Thornton, West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Table of Contents

    *=New to this Edition
    A Note to Instructors
    A Note to Students


    PART I. Sex and Relationships

    1. John Corvino, We Shouldn't Even Be Having This Discussion
    * 2. Nicole Dular, Boy Bye: A Feminist Defense of Ghosting
    * 3. C.E. Abbate, It's Not Just a Personal Preference: Racialized Discrimination in the Tinder Context
    4. Lauri Shrage and Robert Stewart, Sexual Privacy
    5. Conor Kelly, Sexism in Practice: Feminist Ethics Evaluating the Hookup Culture
    6. Katie Roiphe, Date Rape's Other Victim
    7. Nicholas Dixon, Alcohol and Rape
    * 8. David McPherson, Consent Is Not Enough: A Case Against Liberal Sexual Ethics

    PART II. Abortion
    * 9. Kristina Grob and Nathan Nobis, Defining "Abortion" and Critiquing Common Arguments about Abortion
    * 10. Judith Jarvis Thomson, A Defense of Abortion
    * 11. Don Marquis, Why Abortion Is Immoral
    12. Rosalind Hursthouse, Virtue Theory and Abortion

    PART III. Feminism, Trans Identities, and Race
    * 13. Rebecca Tuvel, The Case for Feminism
    14. A.W. Eaton, A Sensible Antiporn Feminism
    * 15. Sophie-Grace Chappell, How (Not) to Talk about, and to, Trans Women
    16. Christine Overall, Trans Persons, Cisgender Persons, and Gender Identities
    * 17. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, The Structure of Racism in Color-Blind, "Post-Racial" America
    18. Lawrence Blum, Racism: What It Is and What It Isn't

    PART IV. Activism
    19. Bernard R. Boxill, Self-Respect and Protest
    20. Thomas E. Hill, Jr., Symbolic Protest and Calculated Silence
    * 21. Ramona Ilea and Monica Janzen, Be the Change: Student Activism
    * 22. Kurt Blankschaen and Yingshihan Zhu, Complacency on Campus: How Allies Can Do Better

    PART V. The Internet, Gaming, and Sports
    * 23. Shannon Vallor, New Social Media and the Technomoral Virtues
    * 24. Jonathan Reid Surovell, The More We Get Together on Social Media the Worse Off We'll Be (and the Worse Off We'll Make Our Friends)
    25. Andrew T. Forcehimes, Download This Essay: A Defense of Stealing E-Books
    26. Morgan Luck, The Gamer's Dilemma: An Analysis of the Arguments for the Moral Distinction between Virtual Murder and Virtual Pedophilia
    * 27. Phillip Zema, Should Student-Athletes Be Paid?
    * 28. Nancy Leong, Against Women's Sports

    PART VI. Consumer Ethics
    * 29. Mathieu Doucet, Just Say No (for Now): The Ethics of Illegal Drug Use
    30. Peter Singer, The Singer Solution to World Poverty
    31. Alastair Norcross, Puppies, Pigs, and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases
    * 32. Mark Bryant Budolfson, Consumer Ethics, Food Ethics, and Beyond
    33. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, It's Not My Fault: Global Warming and Individual Moral Obligations
    34. Marion Hourdequin, Climate, Collective Action, and Individual Ethical Obligations

    PART VII. Higher Education: Ethics and Policy
    * 35. Eric S. Godoy, Divestment Is a Shared Responsibility
    * 36. J.M. Dieterle and W. John Koolage, Affording Disaster: Concealed Carry on Campus
    * 37. Timothy Hsiao and Kyle Blanchette, Guns on Campus: A Defense
    * 38. Erica Rodriguez and Martin Chamorro, Social Membership and the Right to College
    * 39. Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness, Gen Eds: Sucker U
    40. Martha Nussbaum, Education for Citizenship in an Era of Global Connection
    41. Christopher A. Pynes, Seven Arguments against Extra Credit

    PART VIII. Being a Student (and a Grad)
    42. Mathieu Bouville, Why Is Cheating Wrong?
    43. Rebecca Roache, Enhancement and Cheating
    * 44. Keisha Shantel Ray, Not Just "Study Drugs" for the Rich: Stimulants as Moral Tools for Creating Opportunities for Socially Disadvantaged Students
    * 45. Jennifer M. Morton, Recognizing the Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility
    * 46. Samual A. Garner, Are You Morally Responsible for Your Student Loans?
    * 47. Dustin Crummett, You Are Spider-Man
    * 48. Michael Cholbi, The Ethics of Choosing Careers and Jobs
    49. Adrienne Rich, Claiming an Education