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Ethics, Left and Right

The Moral Issues That Divide Us

Bob Fischer

Publication Date - December 2019

ISBN: 9780190882785

720 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $74.95

Left- and right-leaning philosophers model civil dialogue on twenty of our most contentious moral issues

Description

The only contemporary moral problems text to focus directly on the ethics of current, divisive political issues, Ethics, Left and Right features newly commissioned essays on twenty contentious debates, written expressly with undergraduate students in mind. It offers two position pieces on each issue--one left-leaning, one right--followed by a reply from each author, giving you and your students the opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions of serious issues. The essays cover compelling topics including whether we should have an "America First" approach to policy, whether it's okay to have religious tests for immigration, the merits of political correctness, the ethics of voting, whether progressive taxation is legitimate, and what to make of accusations of privilege. Case studies at the end of every main contribution encourage students to examine related problems and/or delve deeper into the current issue.

Features

  • Provides a model of civil dialogue for contentious moral issues--one that students can appreciate and emulate--through a series of commissioned essays on twenty contentious debates, written expressly with undergraduate students in mind
  • Engages students in moral philosophy by examining highly relevant issues that students encounter in our current social and political landscape
  • Presents two position pieces on each issue--one left-leaning, one right--followed by a reply from each author, giving you and your students the opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions of serious issues
  • Prepares students to think philosophically and critically with an introductory chapter on ethical theory, moral reasoning, and arguments
  • Includes case studies at the end of every main contribution to encourage students to examine related problems and/or delve deeper into the current issue
  • An Ancillary Resource Center (ARC) contains an Instructor's Manual, a Computerized Test Bank, and PowerPoint lecture slides
  • A Companion Website offers student resources including self-quizzes and web links

About the Author(s)

Bob Fischer is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas State University. He is the editor of College Ethics: A Reader on Moral Issues That Affect You (OUP, 2017).

Reviews

"Ethics, Left and Right is a text that fairly and judiciously covers contemporary contentious topics in a thoughtful manner that will generate excellent discussion, and stimulate respectful analyses of the basic ethical concerns underlying each issue."--Timothy J. Madigan, St. John Fisher College

"The argument/counter-argument approach gets the authors talking to each other. This is a unique approach in ethics anthologies, and it is valuable because it shows students examples of intelligent, carefully argued philosophy writing and discussion."--Steve Dickerson, South Puget Sound Community College

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    What Are We Doing Here?
    Preview
    "Ethics," You Say?
    Getting Our Bearings
    Thinking, Fast and Critically
    Making Arguments
    Dealing with Data
    Moral Theory
    Relativism
    Going Forward
    Readings
    John Stuart Mill, "What Utilitarianism Is"
    Immanuel Kant, "Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals"
    Virginia Held, "The Ethics of Care"
    Aristotle, Book II of Nicomachean Ethics
    Thomas Hobbes, Excerpt from Leviathan

    Chapter 1. Introduction to the Left and Right
    Dustin Crummett, "Introduction"
    Chad McIntosh, "For All the Right Reasons"
    Dustin Crummett, Reply to Mcintosh
    Chad McIntosh, Reply to Crummett

    Chapter 2. America First
    Dan Bonevac, "America First"
    Gillian Brock, "Defending the Cosmopolitan Outlook"
    Dan Bonevac, Reply to Brock
    Gillian Brock, Reply to Bonevac

    Chapter 3. Foreign Aid
    Nicole Hassoun, "The Case for Foreign Aid"
    Jason Brennan, "International Aid"
    Nicole Hassoun, Reply to Brennan
    Jason Brennan, Reply to Hassoun

    Chapter 4. Immigration
    Peter Jaworski, "Markets Without Labour Limits"
    Hrishikesh Joshi, "For (Some) Immigration Restrictions"
    Peter Jaworski, Reply to Joshi
    Hrishikesh Joshi, Reply to Jaworski

    Chapter 5. Religious Tests
    I.G., "Muslim Immigration and the West"
    Saba Fatima, "On the Road to Losing Ourselves"
    I.G., Reply to Fatima
    Saba Fatima, Reply to I.G.

    Chapter 6. Taxation
    Bruno Verbeek, "Two Arguments for Progressive Taxation"
    Michael Huemer, "Tax Breaks for the Rich"
    Bruno Verbeek, Reply to Huemer
    Michael Huemer, Reply to Verbeek

    Chapter 7. Minimum Wage
    Mark R. Reiff, "For a Living Wage"
    John F. Gaski, "The Cynical Minimum Wage Hoax"
    Mark R. Reiff, Reply to Gaski
    John F. Gaski, Reply to Reiff

    Chapter 8. Environmental Regulation
    Seth Mayer, "Climate Change and Environmental Regulation"
    Dan C. Shahar, "Sustaining Growth"
    Seth Mayer, Reply to Shahar
    Dan C. Shahar, Reply to Mayer

    Chapter 9. Right to Healthcare
    Sam Fleishacker and Sherry Glied, "In Defense of a Right to Health Care"
    Chris Freiman, "Distribute Money, Not Medicine"
    Sam Fleishacker and Sherry Glied, Reply to Freiman
    Chris Freiman, Reply to Fleishacker and Glied

    Chapter 10. Abortion
    Chris Tollefsen, "Abortion"
    Nathan Nobis, "Early and Later Abortions"
    Chris Tollefsen, Reply to Nobis
    Nathan Nobis, Reply to Tollefsen

    Chapter 11. Political Correctness
    Tully Borland, "Against Politically Correct Speech"
    Megan Hyska, "In defense of political correctness and against 'political correctness'"
    Tully Borland, Reply to Hyska
    Megan Hyska, Reply to Borland

    Chapter 12. Religious Exceptions
    John Corvino, "Religious Belief, Discrimination, and the Law"
    Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, "Pluralism, Fairness, and Debates about Discrimination"
    John Corvino, Reply to Anderson and Girgis
    Ryan Anderson and Sherif Girgis, Reply to Corvino

    Chapter 13. "Bathroom Bills"
    Loren Cannon, "Trans Directed Injustice"
    Vaughn Baltzly, "A Conservative Position on the 'Bathroom Battles'"
    Loren Cannon, Reply to Baltzly
    Vaughn Baltzly, Reply to Cannon

    Chapter 14. Privilege
    Dan Lowe, "Privilege"
    Spencer Case, "White Privilege"
    Dan Lowe, Reply to Case
    Spencer Case, Reply to Lowe

    Chapter 15. Feminism
    Philippe Lemoine, "The Trouble with Feminism"
    Rebecca Tuvel, "The Case for Feminism"
    Philippe Lemoine, Reply to Tuvel
    Rebecca Tuvel, Reply to Lemoine

    Chapter 16. Removing Historic Monuments
    Travis Timmerman, "A Case for Removing Confederate Monuments"
    Dan Demetriou, "Ashes of Our Fathers"
    Travis Timmerman, Reply to Demetriou
    Dan Demetriou, Reply to Timmerman

    Chapter 17. Affirmative Action
    Stephen Kershnar, "Affirmative Action is Unjust, Wrong, and Bad"
    Kristina Meshelski, "Affirmative Action"
    Stephen Kershnar, Reply to Meshelski
    Kristina Meshelski, Reply to Kershnar

    Chapter 18. Racial Profiling
    Annabelle Lever, "Against Racial Profiling"
    Allan Hillman, "In Defense of Criminal Profiling and Its Racial Component"
    Annabelle Lever, Reply to Hillman
    Allan Hillman, Reply to Lever

    Chapter 19. Guns
    Luke Maring, "Police Violence"
    Tim Hsiao, "The Moral Case for Gun Ownership"
    Luke Maring, Reply to Hsiao
    Tim Hsiao, Reply to Maring

    Chapter 20. Military Spending
    Mark Zelcer, "We Have the Best Military Budget"
    Jen Kling, "The U.S. Military Needs to Budget"
    Mark Zelcer, Reply to Kling
    Jen Kling, Reply to Zelcer

    Chapter 21. Voting Ethics
    Michael LaBossiere, "Voting for the Lesser Evil"
    Patrick Taylor Smith, "The Ethics of Voting Badly"
    Michael LaBossiere, Reply to Smith
    Patrick Taylor Smith, Reply to LaBossiere

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