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Disputed Moral Issues

A Reader

Fourth Edition

Mark Timmons

Publication Date - November 2016

ISBN: 9780190490027

768 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $85.95

The only contemporary moral problems reader that systematically connects and applies ethical theories to the moral issues

Description

Ideal for courses in contemporary moral problems, applied ethics, and introduction to ethics, Disputed Moral Issues: A Reader, Fourth Edition, offers a unique pedagogical approach that bridges moral theory and applied ethics. Bringing together seventy engaging articles, it also includes an accessible Moral Theory Primer (Chapter 1). Each selection is enhanced by a host of pedagogical features, including concise summaries, reader cues referring to pertinent moral theories, and reading and discussion questions. A "Quick Guide to Moral Theories" at the front of the book and an extensive glossary of key terms are also included. A "User's Guide," which follows the preface, shows instructors how they can integrate moral theories and applied ethics into their courses.

New to this Edition

  • Ten new selections, featuring work by Andrew Altman, Peter Carruthers, John Corvino, Ann E. Cudd and Leslie E. Jones, Susan Dwyer, Steven M. Gardiner, John Stuart Mill, Alastair Norcross, Peter Singer, and David Velleman
  • An Ancillary Resource Center containing an Instructor's Manual and Test Bank with chapter summaries and goals, quizzes, sample syllabi, PowerPoint lecture slides, and further resource lists
  • An updated Companion Website with student resources including self-quizzes, suggested readings and media resources, and helpful links

About the Author(s)

Mark Timmons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Moral Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition (2012), and editor of Conduct and Character: Readings in Moral Theory, Sixth Edition (2011), and the annually published Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics. A collection of his essays on Kant's moral theory, Significance and System in Kant's Ethics: Selected Essays (2017), is published by Oxford University Press.

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 2013
November 2010
December 2006

Reviews

"This is a superb collection and the best textbook in this area that I've seen. Its main strengths are the range of issues it covers, the wonderful way it excerpts longer pieces, and its discussion questions. Timmons' writing style is excellent--it is clear, engaging, and well-suited to undergraduate students. Disputed Moral Issues is the backbone of my course."--Adam Cureton, University of Tennessee

"I have the highest praise for Disputed Moral Issues in terms of its content, accessibility, and ability to foster lively debate on contemporary moral issues."--Frank Schalow, University of New Orleans

"This reader is exceptionally well done. The connection between theory and application is made beautifully clear."--Sara Roberts-Cady, Fort Lewis College

Table of Contents

    Chapters 3-15 open with an Introduction and end with Additional Resources.
    *=New to this Edition
    Quick Guide to Moral Theories
    Preface
    User's Guide
    1. A MORAL THEORY PRIMER
    1. What Is a Moral Theory?
    2. Seven Essential Moral Theories
    A. Consequentialism
    B. Natural Law Theory
    C. Kantian Moral Theory
    D. Rights-Based Moral Theory
    E. Virtue Ethics
    F. Ethics of Prima Facie Duty
    G. Social Contract Theory
    3. Coping with Many Moral Theories
    2. MORAL THEORY SELECTIONS
    * J. S. Mill, Utilitarianism
    St. Thomas Aquinas, Treatise on Law
    Immanuel Kant, The Moral Law
    John Locke, Natural Rights
    Aristotle, Virtue and Character
    W. D. Ross, What Makes Right Actions Right?
    John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
    3. SEXUAL MORALITY
    Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Approved by Pope Paul VI, Vatican Declaration on Some Questions of Sexual Ethics
    * John Corvino, from What's Wrong with Homosexuality?
    Thomas A. Mappes, A Liberal View of Sexual Morality and the Concept of Using Another Person
    Raja Halwani, Virtue Ethics and Adultery
    4. PORNOGRAPHY, HATE SPEECH, AND CENSORSHIP
    The Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, Pornography and Harm
    Nadine Strossen, Why Censoring Pornography Would Not Reduce Discrimination or Violence against Women
    * Susan Dwyer, Enter Here--At Your Own Risk: The Moral Dangers of Cyberporn
    John Arthur, Sticks and Stones
    * Andrew Altman, Speech Codes and Expressive Harm
    5. DRUGS AND ADDICTION
    David Boaz, Drug-Free America or Free America?
    Peter de Marneffe, Decriminalize, Don't Legalize
    Robert E. Goodin, Permissible Paternalism: Saving Smokers from Themselves
    Daniel Shapiro, Addiction and Drug Policy
    6. SEXISM, RACISM, AND REPARATION
    * Ann E. Cudd and Leslie E. Jones, Sexism
    J. L. A. Garcia, The Heart of Racism
    Tommie Shelby, Is Racism in the "Heart"?
    Louis P. Pojman, Why Affirmative Action Is Immoral
    Thomas E. Hill Jr., The Message of Affirmative Action
    7. THE ETHICS OF IMMIGRATION
    Stephen Macedo, The Moral Dilemma of U. S. Immigration Policy: Open Borders versus Social Justice
    Joseph H. Carens, Migration and Morality: A Liberal Egalitarian Perspective
    Christopher Heath Wellman, Immigration and Freedom of Association
    Sarah Fine, Freedom of Association Is Not the Answer
    8. EUTHANASIA AND PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE
    James Rachels, Active and Passive Euthanasia
    Philippa Foot, Killing and Letting Die
    Daniel Callahan, A Case against Euthanasia
    Michael B. Gill, A Moral Defense of Oregon's Physician-Assisted Suicide Law
    * David Velleman, Against the Right to Die
    9. THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS
    * Peter Singer, All Animals Are Equal
    Carl Cohen, Do Animals Have Rights?
    * Peter Carruthers, Against the Moral Standing of Animals
    * Alastair Norcross, Puppies, Pigs, and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases
    10. ABORTION
    Mary Ann Warren, On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion
    Judith Jarvis Thomson, A Defense of Abortion
    Patrick Lee and Robert P. George, The Wrong of Abortion
    Rosalind Hursthouse, Virtue Theory and Abortion
    Don Marquis, Why Abortion Is Immoral
    L. W. Sumner, A Moderate View
    11. CLONING AND GENETIC ENHANCEMENT
    Leon R. Kass, Preventing Brave New World
    Gregory E. Pence, Will Cloning Harm People?
    Michael J. Sandel, The Case against Perfection
    Frances M. Kamm, Is There a Problem With Enhancement?
    Peter Singer, Parental Choice and Human Improvement
    12. THE DEATH PENALTY
    Stephen Nathanson, An Eye for an Eye?
    Ernest van den Haag, A Defense of the Death Penalty
    Jeffrey H. Reiman, Civilization, Safety, and Deterrence
    James S. Liebman, Jeffrey Fagan, Valerie West, and Jonathan Lloyd, Capital Attrition: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973-1995
    13. WAR, TERRORISM, AND TORTURE
    David Rodin, The Problem with Prevention
    Walter Sinnott-Armstong, Preventive War--What Is It Good For?
    Michael Walzer, Terrorism: A Critique of Excuses
    Andrew Valls, Can Terrorism Be Justified?
    Alan M. Dershowitz, Should the Ticking Bomb Terrorist Be Tortured?
    Marcia Baron, The Ticking Bomb Hypothetical
    14. WORLD HUNGER AND POVERTY
    Garrett Hardin, Lifeboat Ethics
    Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save
    John Arthur, World Hunger and Moral Obligation
    Amartya Sen, Property and Hunger
    Onora O'Neill, A Kantian Approach to World Hunger
    15. THE ENVIRONMENT, CONSUMPTION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE
    William F. Baxter, People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution
    Aldo Leopold, The Land Ethic
    Thomas E. Hill Jr., Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving the Natural Environment
    * Stephen M. Gardiner, A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics, and the Problem of Moral Corruption
    Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, It's Not My Fault: Global Warming and Individual Moral Obligations
    Bjørn Lomborg, Let's Keep Our Cool about Global Warming
    Glossary

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