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Life's Hardest Questions - Big and Small An Introduction to Moral Philosophy

ISBN-10: 007290108X
ISBN-13: 9780072901085
Edition: 2010
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Description: This moral philosophy text with readings embraces Socrates' observation that ethics is "no small matter, but how we ought to live." How ought we to live? This hard question captures the full range of moral inquiry from traditional moral theory to  More...

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List price: $190.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 3/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

This moral philosophy text with readings embraces Socrates' observation that ethics is "no small matter, but how we ought to live." How ought we to live? This hard question captures the full range of moral inquiry from traditional moral theory to contemporary moral issues, such as abortion, capital punishment, and war. But there is much more to moral philosophy: How should we be as people? When should we forgive? Are we capable of morality? What about non-western ethics? And most distressing of all, why be moral in the first place? These and other challenging questions show the profundity and inescapable importance of moral philosophy for a life worth living.Life's Hardest Questionscombines lively and informative introductory discussions with classic and contemporary writings in moral philosophy. .

Foundations of Ethics
What is Ethics? Moral Relativism The Point and Scope of Morality Religion and Ethics Philosophical Moral Deliberation
Ethics and Consequences The Role of Consequences in Ethics
fromUtilitarianism
Kantian Ethics The Role of Intentions in Ethics Immanuel Kant, fromThe Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals
Contract Ethics How Ethics Could be Contractual Thomas Hobbes, fromThe Leviathan
fromA Theory of Justice
Virtue Ethics The Nature of Happiness: Human Excellences Aristotle, fromNichomachean Ethics
Natural Law Ethics The Natural Law Tradition
fromSumma Theologica Interlude: Reflections on theoretical disunity in ethics
Abortion Hard Question: Is Abortion a Moral Issue? Two Conceptual Issues in Abortion: Murder and Mother
"A Defense of Abortion" Don Marquis, "Why Abortion is Immoral"
Sex and Pornography Hard Question: Is Pornography Immoral? Ethics and Human Sexuality Ann Garry, "Sex, Lies, and Pornography"
"Homosexuality and the Unnaturalness Argument"
Euthanasia Hard Question: Is Killing People Wrong? Suicide and Euthanasia
"Active and Passive Euthanasia" David Velleman, "A Right to Self-Termination"
Capital Punishment Hard Question: What is Cruel and Unusual Punishment? Theories of Punishment
"An Abolitionist's Survey of the Death Penalty in America Today" Luis Pojman, "Why the Death Penalty is Morally Permissable"
War Hard Question: Is War Ever the Answer? Terrorism Jeff McMahan, "Innocence, Self-Defense and Killing in War" Michael Walzer, "Terrorism: A Critique of Excuses"
Toleration Hard question: Should We Tolerate Hate Speech on Campus? Tolerating the Intolerable Bernard Williams, "Toleration: An Impossible Virtue?"
"The Difficulty of Tolerance"
Forgiveness Hard Question: When Should We Forgive? The Moral Logic of Forgiveness
"Forgiveness and Resentment" Norvin Richards, "Forgiveness"
Animals Hard Question: Should We Eat Animals? Animals and Morality Peter Singer, fromAnimal Liberation
"A Critique of the Alleged Moral Basis of Vegetarianism"
Environmental Ethics Hard Question: Ought We to Respect Nature? Intrinsic Value and the Natural World
"Conceptual Foundations of the Land Ethic" William Baxter, "The Case for Optimal Pollution"
Global Ethics Hard Question: Am I responsible for World Poverty? Morality and Globalization
fromOne World Thomas Pogge, "World Poverty and Human Rights"
Feminist Ethics Hard Question: Are women from Venus and Men from Mars? Feminist Ethics and Moral Philosophy
fromCaring: A Feminine Approachto Ethics and Moral Education Virginia Held, fromFeminist Morality
Metaethics Hard Question: Could I Have Done Other than I Did? Moral Responsibility Moral Realism
"Moral Luck" J.L. Mackie, "The Subjectivity of Values"
Challenges to Ethics Hard Question: Why Be Moral?
fromRepublic Nietzsche, fromBeyond Good and Evil
Non-Western Ethics Hard Question: Is Ethics the Same Everywhere? Two Non-Western Ethical Traditions: Buddhism and Confucianism Buddhism Selections: "The Four Noble Truths," from theDhammapada Confucius, from theAnalects Amartya Sen, "Human Rights and Asian Values"
Appendix Etiquette and Ethics A Hard Ethical Question: What Is Plagiarism and Why Is It Wrong?
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