The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems

Paperback | July 4, 2014

byRuss Shafer-Landau

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This text is a collection of primary source materials in ethics covering the major themes of moral philosophy. Featuring forty classical and contemporary readings divided into four parts-Value Theory, Normative Ethics, Metaethics, and Moral Problems-it introduces students to ethical theoryand a wide range of moral issues.Designed as a companion reader to Russ Shafer-Landau's textbook, The Fundamentals of Ethics, Third Edition, this volume is also comprehensive enough to be used on its own.

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This text is a collection of primary source materials in ethics covering the major themes of moral philosophy. Featuring forty classical and contemporary readings divided into four parts-Value Theory, Normative Ethics, Metaethics, and Moral Problems-it introduces students to ethical theoryand a wide range of moral issues.Designed as a...

Russ Shafer-Landau is Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of several books including The Fundamentals of Ethics, Third Edition (OUP, 2014), Reason and Responsibility, Fifteenth Edition (2013), and Ethical Theory: An Anthology, Second Edition (2012). He is also ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:July 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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*=New to this EditionPreface: A Note on the Companion Volume: INTRODUCTIONPART I. THE GOOD LIFE1. Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus2. John Stuart Mill, Hedonism3. Robert Nozick, The Experience Machine* 4. Chris Heathwood, Faring Well and Getting What You Want5. Jean Kazez, NecessitiesPART II. NORMATIVE ETHICS: Theories of Right Conduct6. Plato, Euthyphro7. Philippa Foot, Natural Goodness8. J.J.C. Smart, Extreme and Restricted Utilitarianism9. Immanuel Kant, The Good Will and the Categorical Imperative10. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan11. W.D. Ross, What Makes Right Acts Right?12. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics13. Hilde Lindemann, What Is Feminist Ethics?PART III. METAETHICS: The Status of Morality14. David Hume, Moral Distinctions Not Derived from Reason15. A.J. Ayer A Critique of Ethics16. J.L. Mackie, The Subjectivity of Values17. Harry Gensler, Cultural Relativism* 18. David Enoch, Why I Am an Objectivist about Ethics (And Why You Are, Too)PART IV. MORAL PROBLEMS19. John Corvino, Why Shouldn't Tommy and Jimmy Have Sex? A Defense of Homosexuality* Poverty and Hunger20. Peter Singer, The Singer Solution to World Poverty* 21. Jan Narveson, Feeding the HungryEuthanasia and A Modest Proposal22. James Rachels, The Morality of Euthanasia23. John Harris, The Survival LotteryTerrorism and Torture24. Michael Walzer, Terrorism: A Critique of Excuses25. Alan Dershowitz, Should the Ticking Bomb Terrorist be Tortured?The Moral Status of Animals26. Alastair Norcross, Puppies, Pigs, and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases* 27. R.G. Frey, Moral Standing, The Value of Lives, and SpeciesismThe Environment28. Paul Taylor, The Ethics of Respect for Nature29. Thomas Hill, Jr., Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural EnvironmentsAbortion30. Judith Jarvis Thomson, A Defense of Abortion31. Don Marquism Why Abortion Is Immoral32. Philippa Foot, Abortion and the Doctrine of Double EffectThe Limits of the Law33. Igor Primoratz, Justifying Legal Punishment34. Stephen Nathanson, An Eye for an Eye?35. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham City Jail36. Michael Huemer, America's Unjust Drug War* Enhancing Human Beings* 37. Michael Sandel, The Case against Perfection* 38. Julian Savulescu, Genetic Interventions and the Ethics of Enhancement of Human Beings* Affirmative Action* 39. Louis Pojman, The Case against Affirmative Action* 40. Daniel Hausman, Affirmative Action: Bad Arguments and Some Good Ones