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Do the Right Thing Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0534543359
ISBN-13: 9780534543358
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
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List price: $216.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 727
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244

Offering an outstanding balance of rigor and accessibility, DO THE RIGHT THING, 2E provides accessible, impartial introductions to an excellent collection of readings in contemporary social issues. Provocative study questions urge students to get to the heart of the debates. Newly designed for this edition, DO THE RIGHT THING is organized into three sections. Part 1 introduces the student to the leading ethical theories, while Parts 2 and 3 present the current issues including landmark court cases as well as differing viewpoints by not only leading philosophers, but also economists, legal scholars, and scientists.

Francis J. Beckwith is a frequent contributor to the Christian Research Journal, a publication of the Christian Research Institute. The journal publishes articles that defend the Christian faith against teachings of other religions and the values of modern life that undermine Christianity's fundamental teachings. Beckwith's articles have dealt with theological issues, such as the deity of Christ, the Trinity, and the occurrence of miracles; he has also analyzed the philosophies of other religions, including the Mormon and Baha'i faiths. Beckwith also writes from a Christian perspective about current and often controversial social issues, such as abortion. Taking a strong antiabortion stance, in The Abortion Debate: Back to the Future and Abortion and Personhood Arguments: A Critical Analysis, Beckwith analyzes the prochoice arguments and then provides counterarguments. He has tackled equally controversial issues in articles on euthanasia, cloning, and civil disobedience. Beckwith's works include Are You Politically Correct? Debating America's Cultural Standards and Affirmative Action: Social Injustice or Reverse Discrimination? Other of his titles include Relativism: Feet Planted Firmly in Midair, and See the Gods Fall: Four Rivals to Christianity. Beckwith received a B.A. from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, an M.A. from Simon Greenleaf University, and a second M.A. and a Ph.D. from Fordham University. He has taught at Fordham, Southern Nevada University, the University of Nevada, and Whittier College. He has also worked with the Nevada Policy Research Institute. Since 1997 Beckwith has been an associate professor of philosophy, culture and law at Trinity Institute University.

Preface to Second Edition
Introduction
Ethical Theory, Ethical Practice, and the Public Square
Relativism versus Objectivism
A Defense of Moral Relativism
A Critique of Moral Relativism
Ethical Theory
The Categorical Imperative
Utilitarianism
The Natural Law Theory of St. Thomas Aquinas
Vision and Virtue
God and Morality
Does Ethics Depend on God?: A Debate
State Neutrality, Religion, and Morality
The Place of Religious Argument in a Free and Democratic Society
Why We Should Reject What Liberalism Tells Us about Speaking and Acting in Public for Religious Reasons
Life and Death Issues
Abortion
Abortion and the Law
Roe v. Wade (1973)
Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992)
The Morality of Abortion
On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion
Personhood Begins at Conception
A Defense of Abortion
Arguments from Bodily Rights
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
The Law and Euthanasia
Cruzan v. Harmon (1991)
Washington v. Glucksburg (1997)
Morality of Euthanasia
A Defense of Active Euthanasia
A Case Against Physician-Assisted Suicide
Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making
Dying Safely: An Analysis of "A Case of Individualized Decision Making" Timothy E. Quill, M.D.
Creating and Experimenting with Life at the Margins
Rights, Symbolism, and Public Policy on Fetal Tissue Transplants
Spare Parts from the Unborn?: The Ethics of Fetal Tissue Transplanation
The Wisdom of Repugnance
Ignorance Is Not Bliss: Why a Ban on Human Cloning is Unacceptable
The Death Penalty
The Case for Capital Punishment
The Death Penalty Is Not Morally Permissible
Issues of Social Justice and Personal Liberty
Affirmative Action
Adarand v. Pena (1997)
The Moral Justification of Affirmative Action
A Defense of Programs of Preferential Treatment
The Moral Status of Affirmative Action
The Justification of Reverse Discrimination
From Equality Opportunity to "Affirmative Action"
Economic and Social Justice
A Theory of Justice
Property, Exchange, and Libertarianism
Gender, Justice, and the Family
Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Attorney General's Commission on Pornography: The Constraints of the First Amendment
The Minneapolis and Indianapolis Anti-Pornography/Civil Rights Ordinances
Feminist Antipornography Legislation: A Critical Analysis
The Sexual Politics of the First Amendment
The Case for Censorship
Pornography, Sex, and Censorship
Homosexuality
The Law and Homosexuality
Bowers v. Hardwick (1986)
Romer v. Evans (1996)
Homosexuality and the Morality of Discrimination
Gay Basics: Some Questions, Facts, and Values
Homosexuality and the Common Good
The Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage
'Same-Sex Marriage' and 'Moral Neutrality'
Do Wedding Dresses Come in Lavender?: The Prospects and Implications of Same-Sex Marriage

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