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Exploring Ethics

An Introductory Anthology

Fourth Edition

Edited by Steven M. Cahn

Publication Date - July 2016

ISBN: 9780190273637

528 pages
Paperback
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $54.95

A compact and cost-effective collection of readings on ethical theory and contemporary moral problems

Description

In this remarkably accessible, concise, and engaging introduction to moral philosophy, Steven M. Cahn brings together a rich, balanced, and wide-ranging collection of fifty-four readings on ethical theory and contemporary moral issues. He has carefully edited all the articles to ensure that they will be exceptionally clear and understandable to undergraduate students. The selections are organized into three parts--Challenges to Morality, Moral Theories, and Moral Problems--providing instructors with flexibility in designing and teaching a variety of ethics courses. Each reading is followed by study questions.

The fourth edition features nine new articles and unparalleled representation of women philosophers, with seventeen of the essays authored or coauthored by women. A password-protected Instructor's Manual is available on the book's Ancillary Resource Center. Visit the book's free, open-access Companion Website for additional student and instructor resources.

New to this Edition

  • Unparalleled representation of women philosophers; seventeen of the essays are authored or coauthored by women
  • New articles on cognitivism, virtue ethics, gender bias, moral saints, world hunger, pornography, affirmative action, and the Lucretius puzzle about death
  • Provides four more readings than the previous edition while still maintaining the book's compact size and economical price

About the Author(s)

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books. Most recently, he coauthored Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well (2015). Dr. Cahn is the editor of The World of Philosophy (OUP, 2015), Exploring Philosophy, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2014), and Political Philosophy, Third Edition (OUP, 2014), and the coeditor of Principles of Moral Philosophy (OUP, 2016) and Ethics, Sixth Edition (OUP, 2015).

Previous Publication Date(s)

September 2013
October 2010
February 2008

Reviews

"Exploring Ethics is better than other anthologies for several reasons; it offers a good combination of original/classic works and pieces that are summaries of views. It also stays at the introductory level and covers the topics that I teach. I rate this book a '10' because of its selections and its price."--Deborah White, University of Massachusetts Lowell

"The readings are quite accessible (and blessedly short!); students should have NO trouble finding their way through them without extra help. The book's price is right, it is easily accessible to all students (including ESL students), and it covers the right material."--Rebecca S. Hertsgaard, College of the Desert

"The editing is quite good: selections are pared down, in many cases, to their core arguments. The self-scoring quizzes are an excellent resource."--Thomas Atchison, Metropolitan State University

Table of Contents

    *=New to this Edition
    Preface
    INTRODUCTION
    1. Morality and Moral Philosophy, William K. Frankena
    2. Crito, Plato
    3. Phaedo, Plato
    4. Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr.
    PART I: CHALLENGES TO MORALITY
    5. How Not to Answer Moral Questions, Tom Regan
    6. God and Morality, Steven M. Cahn
    7. The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, James Rachels
    8. Right and Wrong, Thomas Nagel
    9. Egoism and Moral Skepticism, James Rachels
    10. Happiness and Immorality, Steven M. Cahn and Jeffrie G. Murphy
    11. The Nature of Ethical Disagreement, Charles L. Stevenson
    * 12. The Rationality of Moral Action, Philippa Foot
    PART II: MORAL THEORIES
    13. The Categorical Imperative, Immanuel Kant
    14. A Simplified Account of Kant's Ethics, Onora O'Neill
    15. Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill
    16. Strengths and Weaknesses of Utilitarianism, Louis P. Pojman
    17. The Nature of Virtue, Aristotle
    * 18. Virtue Ethics, Julia Driver
    19. The Ethics of Care, Virginia Held
    20. The Social Contract, Thomas Hobbes
    21. A Theory of Justice, John Rawls
    * 22. Gender Bias, Cheshire Calhoun
    * 23. Moral Saints, Susan Wolf
    PART III: MORAL PROBLEMS
    A. ABORTION
    24. A Defense of Abortion, Judith Jarvis Thomson
    25. On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion, Mary Anne Warren
    26. Why Abortion Is Immoral, Don Marquis
    27. Virtue Theory and Abortion, Rosalind Hursthouse
    B. EUTHANASIA
    28. Active and Passive Euthanasia, James Rachels
    29. The Intentional Termination of Life, Bonnie Steinbock
    C. WORLD HUNGER
    30. Famine, Affluence, and Morality, Peter Singer
    * 31. A Reply to Singer, Travis Timmerman
    D. TERRORISM
    32. Terrorism, Michael Walzer
    33. Is Terrorism Distinctively Wrong?, Lionel K. McPherson
    E. TORTURE
    34. Torture, Henry Shue
    35. Ticking Bombs, Torture, and the Analogy with Self-Defense, Daniel J. Hill
    F. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
    36. The Morality of Capital Punishment, Walter Berns
    37. The Death Penalty as a Symbolic Issue, Stephen Nathanson
    G. PORNOGRAPHY
    * 38. Pornography, Oppression, and Freedom, Helen E. Longino
    * 39. The Case Against Pornography: An Assessment, Joel Feinberg
    H. ANIMAL RIGHTS
    40. The Case for Animal Rights, Tom Regan
    41. Why Animals Have No Rights, Carl Cohen
    42. Speaking of Animal Rights, Mary Anne Warren
    I. THE ENVIRONMENT
    43. We Are What We Eat, Tom Regan
    44. Philosophical Problems for Environmentalism, Elliott Sober
    J. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
    45. Two Concepts of Affirmative Action, Steven M. Cahn
    * 46. Facing Facts and Responsibilities, Karen Hanson
    47. What Good Am I?, Laurence Thomas
    K. LIFE AND DEATH
    48. The Trolley Problem, Judith Jarvis Thomson
    49. Turning the Trolley, Judith Jarvis Thomson
    50. Death, Thomas Nagel
    * 51. The Badness of Death, Shelly Kagan
    L. THE MEANING OF LIFE
    52. The Meaning of Life, Richard Taylor
    53. Meaning in Life, Susan Wolf
    54. Meaningful Lives?, Christine Vitrano
    Index

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