Ethical Issues: Perspectives for Canadians – Third Edition
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781551118741 / 1551118742
  • 816 pages; 7" x 9"

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Ethical Issues: Perspectives for Canadians – Third Edition

  • Publication Date: March 31, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781551118741 / 1551118742
  • 816 pages; 7" x 9"

Eldon Soifer’s highly respected anthology on Canadian ethical issues has been substantially revised in this third edition. The text introduces students to many central ethical issues, including animal rights, abortion, assisted reproduction, euthanasia, censorship, pornography, the environment, multiculturalism, aboriginal rights, terrorism, and war. Recent legal documents and non-philosophical works complement the writings of professional philosophers to provide students with the broadest possible introduction to the issues. Brief introductions and discussion questions are provided for each reading.


“This is an excellent collection of papers for any introduction to contemporary ethical issues, but it is an especially worthwhile choice for those interested in the significance of such issues for Canadians. The chapters include valuable information about the history and current status of Canadian law as it relates to the topics under consideration, and the inclusion of a detailed section on Multiculturalism and Aboriginal rights makes this book an outstanding choice for an overview of the field from a Canadian point of view. It also offers a thoughtful selection of classic essays and current contributions, many of which are written by prominent Canadian authors. Anyone choosing this book for a survey of the ethical issues affecting our society will not be disappointed.” — Scott Woodcock, University of Victoria

“I am pleased to say the changes in the third edition of Ethical Issues strike the right balance between updating the contents to reflect changes in the field and retaining many of the materials and features that made the second edition so well-suited to teaching courses on ethical issues. The new edition covers in a comprehensive and balanced way moral issues of longstanding concern, as well as those of growing relevance. The Canadian content continues to be one of the great strengths of this text. Happily, it has been updated and expanded to include recent important Canadian legislation and Canadian cases as well as Royal Commission reports and other readings from a Canadian perspective. It serves to locate these moral debates within contemporary Canadian society, and it provides students with Canadian frames of reference that are all too often missing in moral issues texts. I applaud the changes in this new edition and will continue to use it in my moral issues classes.” — Dr. Christine Freeman-Roth, Trent University

“The collection is to be recommended both for its widespread and comprehensive treatment of contemporary issues in applied ethics, and for its particular relevance to Canada and Canadian students.” — Philosophy in Review



  • Animal Cruelty Legislation
    • Bill S-203
    • Act Now in Support of Good Animal Cruelty Legislation! (excerpt)
      (Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)
    • Bill C-373 (excerpt)
  • The Rights of Animals and Unborn Generations
    • Joel Feinberg
  • Animal Liberation
    • Peter Singer
  • Utilitarianism and Vegetarianism
    • Roger Crisp
  • Do Animals Feel Pain?
    • Peter Harrison
  • The Prospects for Consensus and Convergence in the Animal Rights Debate
    • Gary E. Varner
  • Trapped
    • J. Barber


  • Crimes Against the Environment (excerpts)
    • Law Reform Commission of Canada
  • Identification as a Source of Deep Ecological Attitudes
    • Arne Naess
  • The Power and the Promise of Ecological Feminism
    • Karen J. Warren
  • Legal Rights for Nature: The Wrong Answer to the Right(s) Question
    • P.S. Elder
  • Resources and Environmental Policy (excerpts)
    • Jan Narveson
  • Rich and Poor (excerpts)
    • Peter Singer
  • Famine Relief and the Ideal Moral Code
    • John Arthur
  • A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption
    • Stephen M. Gardiner
  • New and Future People: What Should We Do About Future People?
    • Trudy Govier


  • Abortion, the Criminal Code, and the Morgentaler Decision
    • Section S.287
    • Morgentaler, Smoling and Scott v. The Queen (excerpt)
    • Supreme Court of Canada (1988) 44 D.L.R. (4th) 385
    • Canada Bill C-43 — Proposed Legislation: An Act Respecting Abortion
  • On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion
    • Mary Anne Warren
  • Why Abortion is Immoral (excerpts)
    • Don Marquis
  • A Defense of Abortion
    • Judith Jarvis Thomson
  • Abortion Through a Feminist Ethics Lens (excerpt from No Longer Patient: Feminist Ethics and Health Care)
    • Susan Sherwin
  • Virtue Theory and Abortion (excerpt)
    • Rosalind Hursthouse
  • Life’s Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom (excerpt)
    • Ronald Dworkin


  • Proceed with Care (excerpts)
    • Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies
  • The Right to Have Children (excerpt from New Human Reproductive Technologies: Preliminary Perspectives of the Canadian Medical Association)
    • Canadian Medical Association
  • The Ethics of In Vitro Fertilization
    • Arthur L. Caplan
  • Is Women’s Labor a Commodity?
    • Elizabeth S. Anderson
  • Exploitation or Empowerment? Debating Surrogate Motherhood (excerpts)
    • Felicia Daunt
  • What’s Wrong with Prostitution?
    • Igor Primoratz
  • Prostitution
    • Alison M. Jaggar


  • Voluntary Active Euthanasia
    • Dan W. Brock
  • When Self-Determination Runs Amok
    • Daniel Callahan
  • Rodriguez v. Canada (A.G.) (excerpts)
    • Supreme Court of Canada
  • Assisted Suicide, Causality and the Supreme Court of Canada
    • Edward W. Keyserlingk
  • The Case of Robert and Tracy Latimer
    • Rudy Krutzen


  • R. v. Keegstra (excerpts)
    • Supreme Court of Canada, Chief Justice Dickson
  • The Tobacco Control Act (S.S. 2001, c. T-14.1) (excerpt)
    • Province of Saskatchewan
  • Diversity and Creativity (excerpts from Selling Illusions: The Cult of Multiculturalism in Canada)
    • Neil Bissoondath
  • The Myth of Community Standards (excerpt from The Hateful and the Obscene: Studies in the Limits of Free Expression)
    • L.W. Sumner
  • Whose Body? Whose Self?: Beyond Pornography
    • Myrna Kostash
  • Pornography: The Other Side (excerpts)
    • Ferrel Christensen
  • Pornography is a Civil Rights Issue (excerpt)
    • Andrea Dworkin
  • Feminism, Moralism, and Pornography
    • Ellen Willis
  • Is Violation Pornography Bad for Your Soul?
    • Stephen Kershnar
  • The Internet: A Philosophical Inquiry (excerpts)
    • Gordon Graham


  • The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
    • Partners in Confederation: Aboriginal Peoples, Self-Government, and the Constitution (excerpt) (The Royal Commission)
    • Briefing Note on the Report of the Royal Commission (Library of Parliament)
    • Report Card on Action (excerpt) (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Multiculturalism and Objectivity
    • Susan Haack
  • The Limits of Diversity (excerpt from Selling Illusions: The Cult of Multiculturalism in Canada)
    • Neil Bissoondath
  • Multiculturalism and “The Politics of Recognition” (excerpts)
    • Charles Taylor
  • Liberalism in Culturally Plural Societies (excerpt from Liberalism, Community, and Culture)
    • Will Kymlicka
  • Justice in Our Time (excerpt)
    • Pierre E. Trudeau
  • Indian Women and the Law in Canada: Citizens Minus (excerpts)
    • Kathleen Jamieson
  • Aboriginal Rights
    • Michael McDonald
  • Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Charter (excerpt)
    • Mary Ellen Turpel
  • Canadian Nationalism and the Distinctiveness Fetish
    • Thomas Hurka
  • Building the Future: A Time for Reconciliation (excerpts)
    • Gérard Bouchard and Charles Taylor


  • Limits of the Criminal Law: Obscenity: A Test Case (excerpt)
    • Law Reform Commission of Canada
  • Reconciling Pacifists and Just War Theorists
    • James P. Sterba
  • From Maternal Thinking to Peace Politics
    • Sara Ruddick
  • War, Innocence, and Theories of Sovereignty
    • Michael Green
  • Challenging the Domestic Analogy: A Critique of Killing in Self-Defense
    • Joseph Kunkel
  • What Is Terrorism?
    • Igor Primoratz
  • Terrorism, Self-Defense, and Whistleblowing
    • Laura Westra
  • Human Security Brief 2007 (excerpt)
    • Human Security Report Project
  • Is the War Against Terrorism Unjust? (excerpt)
    • Jean Bethke Elshtain
  • Terrorism and the New Forms of War
    • Joseph Margolis


Eldon Soifer is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Regina.