Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions

ISBN-10: 0205924255
ISBN-13: 9780205924257
Edition: 2014
Authors: Bruce N. Waller
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List price: $115.60
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 1/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Facilitate honest, thoughtful and respectful consideration of controversial questions An exciting first edition, Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions is designed to promote careful and vigorous yet congenial and respectful examination of a wide range of controversial ethical issues. It is unique in focusing attention on two steps that are essential prior to productive consideration of controversial questions: First, the elimination of Straw Man distortions that cause students to not only talk past one another but also to have a very negative view of those with whom they disagree; and second, the importance of understanding that those on the opposing side have legitimate and important concerns that can be understood and appreciated even by those who strongly disagree with their position. With those problems cleared away, students can approach these difficult questions with openness to the best arguments on both sides: not with the goal of “meeting in the middle,” but of honestly appreciating the actual issues and the complexities of those issues. Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions is organized around 15 major current issues, including the most vigorously debated contemporary social issues, such as abortion, capital punishment, drug legalization, immigration, same-sex marriage, church/state relations, the social responsibilities of corporations, and animal rights.  Learning GoalsUpon completing this book, readers will be able to:Recognize the misinformation and Straw Man arguments in daily conversations.Explore new perspectives on examining difficult issues.Gain an honest appreciation of the best points of differing views.NOTE: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase the text with MySearchLab, order the package ISBN: 0205928277 / 9780205928279 Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions Plus MySearchLab with eText -- Access Card PackagePackage consists of:   0205239927 / 9780205239924 MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card0205924255 / 9780205924257 Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions  

Bruce N. Waller is Professor of Philosophy at Youngstown State University. He is the author of Against Moral Responsibility (MIT Press).

In this Section:
Brief Table of Contents
Full Table of Contents
Brief Table Of Contents:
Debating Abortion and Remaining Friends
Dubious Approaches to Thinking About Ethics
Some Useful Ways of Approaching Ethical Questions
Abortion
Capital Punishment
Euthanasia
Same-Sex Marriage
Immigration
Animal Rights
Police Deception
Jury Nullification
Should Illegal Drugs be Legalized?
Legacy Admissions
Church and State Relations
Patriotism
Free Speech or Speech Codes?
Corporate Responsibility
Full Table Of Contents:
Debating Abortion and Remaining Friends
Why Are Debates So Angry?
The Six Rules for Talking Together
Genuine Value Disagreements
Dubious Approaches to Thinking About Ethics
Egoism
Relativism
Divine Command Theory
Some Useful Ways of Approaching Ethical Questions
Would You Like it if Everyone Did That?
An Impartial Observer
The Veil of Ignorance
Both Feelings and Principles
The Greatest Pleasure for the Greatest Number
Taking a Narrower Perspective: From the Marketplace to the Family
Do I Really Want to be that Sort of Person?
Can We Agree to Disagree?
Abortion
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Legalized Abortion
Arguments Against Legalized Abortion
Capital Punishment
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Capital Punishment
Arguments Against Capital Punishment
Euthanasia
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Active Euthanasia
Arguments Against Active Euthanasia
Same-Sex Marriage
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage
Immigration
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Immigration
Arguments Against Immigration
Animal Rights
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Animal Rights
Arguments Against Animal Rights
Police Deception
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Police Deception
Arguments Against Police Deception
Jury Nullification
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Jury Nullification
Arguments Against Jury Nullification
Should Illegal Drugs be Legalized?
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Legalizing Drugs
Arguments Against Legalizing Drug
Legacy Admissions
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Legacy Admissions
Arguments Against Legacy Admissions
Church and State Relations
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments for Strict Church-State Separation
Arguments to Allow some State Support for Religion
Patriotism
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Moderate Patriotism
Arguments Against Moderate Patriotism (in favor of Cosmopolitanism)
Free Speech or Speech Codes?
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Unrestricted Free Speech
Arguments Against Moderate Patriotism (in favor of Speech Codes)
Corporate Responsibility
Strawman Distortions
What is the Common Ground?
Arguments in Favor of Corporate Social Responsibility
Arguments Against Corporate Social Responsibility

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