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Instructor Resources

This Instructor’s Manual supplies a great deal of useful material to supplement the pedagogy already present in the text.

The text contains:

  • In-depth treatment of 27 important arguments in 15 major issues of applied ethics

  • Two substantial introductory chapters relating moral problems to ethical concepts, moral theory, and critical reasoning. Chapter 1 introduces ethics, spells out the fundamentals, critiques moral relativism, clarifies the relationship between ethics and religion, and covers the basics of reading, constructing, and assessing moral arguments. Chapter 2 explains the nature of moral theory, provides an overview of the major theories, and shows how to apply plausible criteria to evaluate them. The chapter covers utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, natural law theory, Rawls’s contractarianism, virtue ethics, the ethics of care, and feminist ethics.

  • Essay questions at the end of each argument section. The discussions of arguments and the related readings are prime material for writing assignments, so each argument section (numbered 1 to 27) concludes by asking students to write critiques of the arguments and counterarguments found in the selections.

  • Pedagogical devices. Each chapter contains a list of key terms (linked to an end-of-book glossary), suggestions for further reading, and a variety of informative text boxes. The boxes are of four types:

    • “Facts and Figures”—statistics on the social, historical, and scientific aspects of the chapter’s topic

    • “Public Opinion”—recent opinion polls tracking people’s views on moral issues

    • “Legalities”—summaries of important court rulings or other legal matters

    • “Time Line”—a rundown of important events relating to the topic

This manual includes:

  • Downloadable Instructor’s Manual and Testbank, which features:

    • Brief Synopses of each reading selection (76 in all)

    • A Bank of 25 Test Questions (15 Multiple Choice & 10 True/False) for each chapter, for a total of 300 questions.

    • Essay questions per chapter

    • Key Terms, organized by chapter

    • Useful Web Links for each chapter

  • PowerPoint Lectures to help you structure your classes

The test questions as well as the essay questions should be especially helpful. The test questions are designed as chapter quizzes but will work equally well as study questions. The essay questions for each reading can also be used as a short quiz or as additional study questions. They can even be merged into a larger bank and used to test the students’ grasp of a whole chapter.

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