Right Thing to Do Basic Readings in Moral Philosophy

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ISBN-13: 9780078038235
Edition: 6th 2012
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List price: $126.67
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 12/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

This collection of readings in moral theory and moral issues from major Western philosophers is the ideal companion reader for James Rachels' textThe Elements of Moral Philosophy. The anthology explores further the theories and issues introduced in that volume, in their original and classic formulations. The collection can stand on its own as the text for a course in moral philosophy, or it can be used to supplement any introductory text.

James Rachels, the distinguished American moral philosopher, was born in Columbus, Georgia, graduating from Mercer University in Macon in 1962. He received his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He taught at the University of Richmond, New York University, the University of Miami, Duke University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he spent the last twenty-six years of his career. 1971 saw the publication of Rachels’ groundbreaking textbook Moral Problems, which ignited the movement in America away from teaching ethical theory towards teaching concrete practical issues. Moral Problems sold 100,000 copies over three editions. In 1975, Rachels wrote “Active and Passive Euthanasia,” arguing that the distinction so important in the law between killing and letting die has no rational basis. Originally appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, this essay has been reprinted roughly 300 times and is a staple of undergraduate education. The End of Life (1986) was about the morality of killing and the value of life. Created from Animals (1990) argued that a Darwinian world-view has widespread philosophical implications, including drastic implications for our treatment of nonhuman animals. Can Ethics Provide Answers? (1997) was Rachels’ first collection of papers (others are expected posthumously). Rachels’ McGraw-Hill textbook, The Elements of Moral Philosophy, is now in its fourth edition and is easily the best-selling book of its kind.Over his career, Rachels wrote 5 books and 85 essays, edited 7 books and gave about 275 professional lectures. His work has been translated into Dutch, Italian, Japanese, and Serbo-Croatian. James Rachels is widely admired as a stylist, as his prose is remarkably free of jargon and clutter. A major theme in his work is that reason can resolve difficult moral issues. He has given reasons for moral vegetarianism and animal rights, for affirmative action (including quotas), for the humanitarian use of euthanasia, and for the idea that parents owe as much moral consideration to other people’s children as they do to their own.James Rachels died of cancer on September 5th, 2003, in Birmingham, Alabama.

STUART RACHELS is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama. He has revisedseveral of James Rachels’ books, including Problems from Philosophy (second edition, 2009) and The Right Thing to Do (fifth edition, 2010), which is the companion anthology to this book. Stuart won the United States Chess Championship in 1989, at the age of 20, and he is a Bronze Life Master at bridge. His website is www.jamesrachels.org/stuart.

Preface
About the Authors
Introduction
A Short Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Some Basic Points about Arguments
Utilitarianism
Utilitarianism
Utilitarianism and Integrity
The Experience Machine
Other Theoretical Essays
The Subjectivity of Values
The Categorical Imperative
The Virtues Aristotle
Master Morality and Slave Morality
Caring Relations and Principles of Justice
Abortion
Why Abortion Is Immoral
A Defense of Abortion
On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion and Postscript on Infanticide
Animals
All Animals Are Equal
Torturing Puppies and Eating Meat: It's All in Good Taste
Do Animals Have Rights?
Starvation
The Singer Solution to World Poverty
The Death Penalty
A Defense of the Death Penalty
Why the United States Will Join the Rest of the World in Abandoning Capital Punishment
War, Terrorism, and Torture
Hellhole
The Ethics of War and Peace
Fifty Years after Hiroshima
What Is Wrong with Terrorism?
Liberalism, Torture, and the Ticking Bomb
Sex and Drugs
America's Unjust Drug War
Our Sexual Ethics
Monogamy: A Critique
A Few Words about Gay Marriage
Same-Sex Marriage and the Argument from Public Disagreement
Alcohol and Rape
Race
Letter from the Birmingham City Jail
Is Racial Discrimination Arbitrary?
In Defense of Quotas
Bioethics
The Morality of Euthanasia
The Wrongfulness of Euthanasia
The New Eugenics
Human Cloning and the Challenge of Regulation
Selling Organs for Transplantation
A Free Market Would Reduce Donations and Would Commodify the Human Body

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