Moral Issues in Global Perspective – Volume 3: Moral Issues – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: March 23, 2006
  • ISBN: 9781551117492 / 1551117495
  • 320 pages; 7" x 9"

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Moral Issues in Global Perspective – Volume 3: Moral Issues – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: March 23, 2006
  • ISBN: 9781551117492 / 1551117495
  • 320 pages; 7" x 9"

Now available in three thematic volumes, the second edition of Moral Issues in Global Perspective is a collection of the newest and best articles on current moral issues by moral and political theorists from around the globe. Each volume seeks to challenge the standard approaches to morality and moral issues shaped by Western liberal theory and to extend the inquiry beyond the context of North America. Covering a broad range of issues and arguments, this collection includes critiques of traditional liberal accounts of rights, justice, and moral values, while raising questions about the treatment of disadvantaged groups within and across societies affected by globalization. Providing new perspectives on issues such as war and terrorism, reproduction, euthanasia, censorship, and the environment, each volume of Moral Issues in Global Perspective incorporates work by race, class, feminist, and disability theorists.

In Moral Issues, the third of the three volumes, issues such as euthanasia and health care, reproductive issues, pornography and hate speech, animal rights, and environmental ethics are examined in the context of globalization and of differing social contexts and practices. Sixteen essays are new, one of which was written
especially for this volume.

Moral Issues in Global Perspective is available in three separate volumes—Moral and Political Theory, Human Diversity and Equality, and Moral Issues.


“This is an immensely impressive and inspiring project. Each volume of Moral Issues in Global Perspective combines serious attention to moral and political theory with substantive treatment of actual moral issues as they arise in very different human contexts across the planet. No credible moral philosopher can ignore the fact that globalization and multiculturalism make a difference to how moral problems are framed and therefore to how those problems might be addressed. And our students deserve nothing less than to be exposed to the rich diversity of human thinking about how to live. Individually and collectively, these volumes provide essential guides to the latest conversation between theorists and practitioners around the world about a host of questions vital to everyday life and to the very future of ethical humankind.” — Susan Dwyer, University of Maryland, Baltimore

“This is a truly magnificent collection. It brings together some of the best writings that have been published in the area of social justice broadly construed, taking up such topics as child labor and terrorism in addition to many of the traditional issues. A most commendable feature is that not only are traditional and non-traditional writings represented, but we also have first-rate work by a particularly wide range of exceptional thinkers. It is not just that there is something for all. Rather, it is that there is much that would intellectually engage anyone.” — Laurence Thomas, Syracuse University, Maxwell School



  • Introduction
  • Why Abortion is Immoral
    • Don Marquis
  • Sensationalized Philosophy: A Reply to Marquis’s “Why Abortion is Immoral”
    • Ann E. Cudd
  • The Importance of Ontology for Feminist Policy-Making in the Realm of Reproductive Technology
    • Susan Sherwin
  • In New Tests for Fetal Defects, Agonizing Choices for Parents
    • Amy Harmon
  • A History of Governmentally Coerced Sterilization: The Plight of the Native American Woman
    • Michael Sullivan DeFine
  • Reproductive Health and Research Ethics: Hot Issues in Argentina
    • Florencia Luna
  • Study Questions
  • Suggested Readings


  • Introduction
  • Equality and Efficiency as Basic Social Values
    • Michael Stingl
  • Euthanasia: The Way We Do It, The Way They Do It
    • Margaret Battin
  • The Instability of the Standard Justification for Physician-Assisted Suicide
    • Thomas A. Cavanaugh
  • Unspeakable Conversations
    • Harriet McBryde Johnson
  • Dementia, Critical Interests, and Euthanasia
    • Nathan Brett
  • Study Questions
  • Suggested Readings


  • Introduction
  • Women and Pornography
    • Ronald Dworkin
  • Feminist Anti-Pornography Struggles: Not the Church, But Maybe the State
    • Marvin Glass
  • Morality, Censorship, and Discrimination: Reframing the Pornography Debate in Germany and Europe
    • Heather MacRae
  • A Relational Critique of the Right to Privacy: The Case of Pornography and the Internet
    • Alison Minea and Christine M. Koggel
  • Public Response to Racist Speech: Considering the Victim’s Story
    • Mari J. Matsuda
  • Study Questions
  • Suggested Readings


  • Introduction
  • All Animals are Equal …
    • Peter Singer
  • The Case for Animal Rights
    • Tom Regan
  • Vegetarianism and Virtue: Does Consequentialism Demand too Little?
    • Nathan Nobis
  • Your Daughter or Your Dog? A Feminist Assessment of the Animal Research Issue
    • Deborah Slicer
  • The Conceptual Foundations of the Land Ethic
    • J. Baird Callicott
  • Study Questions
  • Suggested Readings


  • Introduction
  • Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique
    • Ramachandra Guha
  • Moving Beyond Anthropocentrism: Environmental Ethics, Development, and the Amazon
    • Eric Katz and Lauren Oechsli
  • Development and Environmentalism
    • Robin Attfield
  • Maori Environmental Virtues
    • John Patterson
  • On Environmental Law
    • Michael Traynor
  • Study Questions
  • Suggested Readings


Christine Koggel is Professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. She is also the author of Perspectives on Equality: Constructing a Relational Theory (Rowman & Littlefield) and co-editor of Confidential Relationships: Psychoanalytic, Ethical and Legal Perspectives (Rodopi Press).