Ethical Theory – Second Edition
A Concise Anthology
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781554810154 / 1554810159
  • 400 pages; 6" x 9"
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Ethical Theory – Second Edition

A Concise Anthology

  • Publication Date: May 7, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781554810154 / 1554810159
  • 400 pages; 6" x 9"

This first-rate introduction to ethical theory contains sections on various forms of ethical theory, such as egoism, virtue ethics, divine command theory, and consequentialism. Each section includes two or three of the most important contributions to the field, together with brief introductions by the editors. The second edition contains an improved approach to applied ethics. Each chapter on moral theories now includes a selection that deals with a moral problem, such as human cloning, abortion, and global warming. The selection illustrates how the relevant theoretical approach is put to use. There is therefore a much tighter integration between theory and practice than before. The new edition also contains an improved section on feminist ethical theory.

Comments

Comments on the first edition:

Ethical Theory: A Concise Anthology chooses the right topics for an introductory course in moral philosophy. The contents combine historical readings with contemporary work. The editors’ introductions to the issues are clear, helpful, and provocative in the conclusions they draw.” — Dennis McKerlie, University of Calgary

CHAPTER ONE: ETHICAL RELATIVISM
Introduction

  1. Selections from Folkways, WILLIAM GRAHAM SUMNER
  2. Relativism and Objectivity in Ethics, WILLIAM H. SHAW
  3. Encountering Diversity: Medical Ethics and Pluralism, JOSEPH J. FINS

CHAPTER TWO: DIVINE COMMAND THEORY
Introduction

  1. Euthyphro, PLATO
  2. The Story of Abraham, THE BIBLE

CHAPTER THREE: EGOISM
Introduction

  1. The Myth of Gyges, PLATO
  2. Egoism and Moral Scepticism, JAMES RACHELS

CHAPTER FOUR: CONSEQUENTIALISM
Introduction

  1. Selection from Utilitarianism, JOHN STUART MILL
  2. Two Concepts of Rules, JOHN RAWLS
  3. The Experience Machine, ROBERT NOZICK
  4. Rich and Poor, PETER SINGER

CHAPTER FIVE: DEONTOLOGY
Introduction

  1. Selection from The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals, IMMANUEL KANT
  2. A Simplified Version of Kant’s Ethics: Perplexities of Famine and World Hunger, ONORA O’NEILL
  3. Human Cloning: A Kantian Approach, PHILIP KITCHER

CHAPTER SIX: MORAL PLURALISM
Introduction

  1. What Makes Right Acts Right?, W.D. ROSS
  2. Pluralism and the Value of Life, JOHN KEKES
  3. Global Warming, ROBERT HOOD

CHAPTER SEVEN: JUSTICE
Introduction

  1. Selection from A Theory of Justice, JOHN RAWLS
  2. The Entitlement Theory, ROBERT NOZICK
  3. Illegal Immigrants, Health Care, and Social Responsibility, JAMES DWYER

CHAPTER EIGHT: VIRTUE ETHICS
Introduction

  1. Selection from Nicomachean Ethics, ARISTOTLE
  2. On Some Vices of Virtue Ethics, ROBERT B. LOUDEN
  3. Virtue Theory and Abortion, ROSALIND HURSTHOUSE

CHAPTER NINE: FEMINIST ETHICS
Introduction

  1. Standard Moral Theories from a Feminist Perspective, HILDE LINDEMANN
  2. Women and Caring, NEL NODDINGS
  3. Prostitution and the Case for Decriminalization, LAURIE SHRAGE

SOURCES

Heimir Geirsson and Margaret Holmgren are Associate Professors of Philosophy at Iowa State University.