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Contemporary moral and social issues : an introduction through original fiction, discussion, and readings

Author: Thomas D Davis
Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2014.
Series: Blackwell philosophy anthologies, 39.
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Contemporary Moral and Social Issues is a uniquely entertaining introduction that brings ethical thought to life. It makes innovative use of engaging, topically oriented original short fiction, together with classic and influential readings and editorial discussion as a means of helping students think philosophically about ethical theory and practical ethical problems. Introduces students to ethical theory and a  Read more...
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Contemporary moral and social issues.
Hoboken : Wiley, 2014
(DLC) 2014004494
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas D Davis
ISBN: 9781118625156 1118625153 9781118625354 1118625358
OCLC Number: 877771880
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues: An Introduction through Original Fiction, Discussion, and Readings; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Source Acknowledgments; Part I Introduction Values; 1 Values: Fiction; Too Much; Questions; 2 Values: Discussion; Too Much; Values; Personal Values; Some distinctions; Happiness as the ultimate personal value; Happiness research; Other personal values; Moral Values; Moral values/issues in the story; What are moral values?; Biased moral reasoning; Notes and selected sources; Definitions; Questions; 3 Values: Readings. Claudia Wallis writes about the "new science of happiness"Robert Nozick discusses his case of the "experience machine"; Jonathan Glover discusses the dual values of happiness and flourishing; Patrick Grim asks what makes a life good, distinguishing between "lives to envy" and "lives to admire"; Louis P. Pojman, Richard Joyce and Shaun Nichols give their views on what morality is; Jonathan haidt discusses biases in our moral reasoning; Part II Moral Theory; 4 Moral Theory: Fiction; Long Live the King; Questions; 5 Moral Theory: Discussion; Long Live the King; Religious ethics; God and the good. The God perspectiveUtilitarianism and rights; Utilitarianism; A first look at rights; The idealized human perspective; Aristotle and virtue ethics; Kant and universalizability; Rawls and the ideal agent; The unidealized human perspective; Evolutionary ethics; Basic social contract theory; Moral libertarianism; Notes and selected sources; Definitions; Questions; Appendix: moral relativism; What's supposed to be relative?; Cultural relativism; Individual relativism/moral subjectivism; Notes and selected sources; Definitions; Questions; 6 Moral Theory: Readings. Jeremy Bentham presents a classic statement of the principle of utilityJohn Stuart Mill argues that there are higher and lower forms of happiness; Peter Singer discusses what ethics is and offers a justification for a utilitarian ethic; Immanuel Kant argues that ethics is based on "the categorical imperative"; John Rawls argues that from an original position of equality we would reject utilitarianism in favor of his two principles of justice; Robert Nozick discusses the moral principles behind his political libertarianism. Jeremy Waldron discusses the concept of human rights and gives an argument for "welfare rights"Aristotle analyzes happiness as a life lived according to virtue; Jonathan Haidt discusses virtue ethics in the context of positive psychology; Jean Grimshaw discusses the idea of a female ethic, reviewing some contemporary writers on the subject; Simon Blackburn warns against confusions we should avoid if we read popular literature on ethics and evolution; George Lakoff describes two forms of Christianity that parallel two different models of the family.
Series Title: Blackwell philosophy anthologies, 39.
Responsibility: [edited by] Thomas D. Davis.

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