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Exploring Ethics

An Introductory Anthology

Sixth Edition

Author Steven M. Cahn

Publication Date - 26 April 2022

ISBN: 9780197609071

544 pages

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


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-two 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.

New to this Edition

  • Sections have been added on reparation and sexual harassment
  • Other articles have been added on utilitarianism and injustice
  • The Zweig translation of Kant has been replaced with a new translation by Andrea Tschemplik
  • Half of all the articles in the book are authored by women
  • A style guide has been included


  • Offers a balance of ethical theory and contemporary moral problems, giving substantive coverage to both
  • More compact than other ethics readers--students are buying what they will actually use in their courses
  • Provides unparalleled representation of women philosophers, ith twenty-nine of the essays authored or coauthored by women
  • Includes study questions after each selection to reinforce material and encourage philosophical thinking

About the Author(s)

Steven M. Cahn is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of Exploring Philosophy, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2015); Classic and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Education (OUP, 2011); Ethics: History, Theory and Contemporary Issues, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2011); Political Philosophy, Third Edition (OUP, 2015); and The Meaning of Life, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2017), among others.

Table of Contents

    1. Morality and Moral Philosophy Wiliam K. Frankena
    2. Crito Plato
    3. Phaedo Plato

    4. Subjectivism Julia Driver
    5. God and Morality Steven M. Cahn
    6. The Challenge of Cultural Relativism James Rachels
    7. Right and Wrong Thomas Nagel
    8. Egoism and Moral Skepticism James Rachels
    9. Happiness and Immorality Steven M. Cahn and Jeffrie G. Murphy
    10. The Nature of Ethical Disagreement Charles L. Stevenson
    11. The Rationality of Moral Action Philippa Foot

    12. The Categorical Imperative Immanuel Kant
    13. A Simplified Account of Kant's Ethics Onora O'Neill
    14. Utilitarianism John Stuart Mill
    15. Contemporary Utilitarianism Julia Driver
    16. The Nature of Virtue Aristotle
    17. Virtue Ethics Julia Driver
    18. The Ethics of Care Virginia Held
    19 The Social Contract Thomas Hobbes
    20. A Theory of Justice John Rawls
    21. Gender Bias Cheshire Calhoun

    A. World Hunger
    22. Famine, Affluence, and Morality Peter Singer
    23. A Reply to Singer Travis Timmerman
    24. Rights, Obligations, and World Hunger Onora O'Neill
    B. Immigration
    25. The Case for Limits David Miller
    26. A Right to Immigrate Michael Hummer\
    C. Injustice
    27. Racisms Kwame Anthony Appiah
    28. Sexism Ann E. Cudd and Leslie E. Jones
    29. Five Faces of Oppression Iris Marion Young
    D. Reparation
    30. The Morality of Reparation Bernard Boxill
    31. Reparation and the Problem of Agency Chandran Kukathas
    E. Sexual Harassment
    32. Offers and Coercion Nancy Tuana
    33. Consensual Sex on Campus Leslie Pickering Francis
    34. Sexual Harassment in the University N. Ann Davis
    35. Sexual Harassment in Public Places Margaret Crouch
    F. Prostitution
    36. Value and the Gift of Sexuality Elisabeth Anderson
    37. Taking Money for Bodily Services Martha C. Nussbaum
    38. Markets in Women's Sexual Labor Debra Satz
    G. Animals
    39. Equality for Animals? Peter Singer
    40. Speciesism and the Idea of Equality Bonnie Steinbock
    41. Getting Animals in View Christine Korsgaard
    42. Speaking of Animal Rights mary Anne Warren
    H. The Environment
    43. Philosophical Problems for Environmentalism Elliott Sober
    44. Ethics and Global Change Dale Jamieson
    I. Abortion
    45. A Defense of Abortion Judith Jarvis Thomson
    46. On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion Mary Anne Warren
    47. Why Abortion is Immoral Don Marquis
    48. Virtue Theory and Abortion Rosalind Hursthouse
    J. Euthanasia
    49. Active and Passive Euthanasia James Rachels
    50. The Intentional Termination fo Life Bonnie Steinbock
    K. The Meaning of Life
    51. The Meaning of Life Richard Taylor
    52. Meaning in Life Susan Wolf
    53. Meaningful Lives Christine Vitrano
    L. Conclusion
    54. The Trolley Problem Judith Jarvis Thomson
    55. Turning the Trolley Judith Jarvis Thomson
    56. Moral Saints Susan Wolf

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