The Moral Philosophers

An Introduction to Ethics
Author: Richard J. Norman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 229
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The second edition of this accessible book features a new chapter on Nietzsche and an entirely new Part III that covers contemporary utilitarianism, rights-based ethical theories, contractarian ethics and virtue ethics, and recent debates between realism and anti-realism in ethics. The strengths of the first edition--its readability, historical approach, coverage of specific moral philosophers, and detailed recommended reading sections at the beginning of each chapter--combined with the new material make this an essential resource for all readers interested in ethics.

The Moral of the Story

An Introduction to Ethics
Author: Nina Rosenstand
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
ISBN: 9780767405959
Category: Philosophy
Page: 564
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This popular text uses examples from fiction and film to show how ethical theories can be applied. By linking abstract theory to “real life” through storytelling and story analysis, Rosenstand offers a remarkably effective way of helping students understand and evaluate moral issues.

An Introduction to Ethics


Author: John Deigh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052177246X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 241
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This book examines the central questions of ethics through a study of the great ethical works of Western philosophy.

The Dimensions of Ethics

An Introduction to Ethical Theory
Author: Wilfrid J. Waluchow
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 1460400844
Category: Philosophy
Page: 256
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The Dimensions of Ethics offers a concise but wide-ranging introduction to moral philosophy. In clear and engaging fashion, the author first examines the scope of ethical theory, and explores central metaethical questions such as the issue of relativism, and the relationship between morality and religion. He then turns to an exploration of five theoretical approaches (utilitarianism, the deontological approach of Kant, the ethical pluralism of Ross, virtue ethics, and feminist ethics), in each case providing a consideration of various objections that have been advanced as well as a sympathetic exposition of the core principles of each approach. Throughout he uses a wide range of examples, and integrates references to issues in applied ethics with his discussions of ethical theory.

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Moral Education


Author: Robin Barrow
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134103786
Category: Education
Page: 216
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This book presents and argues for a moral theory which draws on most of the major theoretical positions to some degree, but it also spells out the limits and boundaries of a moral theory. In doing so, it exposes a number of common confusions and misunderstandings about morality, and presents a strong argument for some indisputable truths in relation to the moral sphere. Divided into four parts, the book covers the key issues within moral philosophy: part one provides a lucid and powerful account of the nature and limits of moral theory, sharply distinguishing it from religion part two outlines a positive moral theory by exploring the defining principles of morality and the reasons for being moral part three distinguishes moral values from others such as ecological, health and safety and sexual values part four is concerned with the implications of our moral understanding for moral education. While this book concentrates on argument and ideas, a commentary to each chapter provides historical context and contemporary reference points. It will prove an invaluable resource for students of both Education and Philosophy.

Animal Rights, Human Wrongs

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Author: Tom Regan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742533547
Category: Social Science
Page: 141
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Regan provides the theoretical framework that grounds a responsible pro-animal rights perspective, and ultimately explores how asking moral questions about other animals can lead to a better understanding of ourselves.

Philosophical Ethics

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Author: Tom L. Beauchamp
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
ISBN: 9780070042568
Category: Ethics
Page: 431
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This accessible overview of classical and modern moral theory with short readings provides comprehensive coverage of ethics and unique coverage of rights, justice, liberty and law. Real-life cases introduce each chapter. While the book's content is theoretical rather than applied ethics, Beauchamp consistently applies the theories to practical moral problems. Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill are at the books core and they are placed in the context of moral philosophical controversies of the last 30 years. In this edition one-third of the reading selections are new and all the selections in chapter 8 on rights are new. Chapter 7 on Hume has been heavily reshaped. Chapter 1 has been reduced to get students past introductory material and into the philosophers.

Theories of Ethics

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy with a Selection of Classic Readings
Author: Gordon Graham
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780415999472
Category: Philosophy
Page: 388
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Theories of Ethics offers a comprehensive survey of the major schools and figures in moral philosophy, from Socrates to the present day. Written entirely in non-technical language, it aims to be introductory without being elementary, so that readers may quickly engage with selected readings from classic sources. The writings of major philosophers are explained in a structured exploration of recurrently important issues about right and wrong, good and evil, social relations and religious meaning. This book is a radical revision of Gordon Grahamâe(tm)s Eight Theories of Ethics (Routledge 2004). A hallmark of the new edition is the incorporation of primary readings into the text itself, making the book suitable as a stand-alone publication for any ethics course or for anyone wanting to know the history and arguments or moral philosophy. Primary sources include extracts from Aristotle, Camus, Hume, Kant, Locke, Mill, Nietzsche, Plato, Reid, and Sartre, as well as Aldo Leopold and James Lovelock. The new edition also offers extended treatment of the objective/subjective debate, social contract theory, Nietzsche on morality, recent interpretations of Kant, the relation between morality and the existence of God, and a full chapter on environmental ethics.

Moral Choices

An Introduction to Ethics
Author: Scott B. Rae
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310230151
Category: Religion
Page: 281
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This Christian introduction to ethics familiarizes both seminary and secular university students with basic processes of ethical decision making. This text, updated with a new chapter, tackles the ethical issues involved in genetic technologies.

Ethical Choices

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy with Cases
Author: Richard Burnor,Yvonne Raley
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780190464509
Category: Philosophy
Page: 384
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Ideal for students with little or no background in philosophy, Ethical Choices: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy with Cases, Second Edition, provides a concise, balanced, and highly accessible introduction to ethics. Featuring an especially lucid and engaging writing style, the text surveys a wide range of ethical theories and perspectives including consequentialist ethics, deontological ethics, natural and virtue ethics, the ethics of care, and ethics and religion. Each chapter includes compelling case studies that are carefully matched with the theoretical material. Many of these cases address issues that students can relate directly to their own lives: the drinking age, student credit card debt, zero tolerance policies, grade inflation, and video games. Other cases discuss current topics like living wills, obesity, human trafficking, torture "lite," universal health care, and just-war theory. The cases provide students with practice in addressing real-life moral choices, as well as opportunities to evaluate the usefulness and applicability of each ethical theory. Every case study concludes with a set of "Thought Questions" to guide students as they reflect upon the issues raised by that case.

An Introduction to Ethics

Five Central Problems of Moral Judgement
Author: Geoffrey Thomas
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
ISBN: 9780872201842
Category: Philosophy
Page: 220
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A comprehensive yet concise introduction to central topics, debates, and techniques of moral philosophy in the analytic tradition, this volume combines a thematic, issue-oriented format with rigorous standards of clarity and precision. Thomas introduces fundamental concepts and terms, proceeding through a step-by-step exploration of five general areas of debate: the specification of moral judgment; moral judgment and the moral standard; the justification of moral judgment; logic, reasoning, and moral judgment; and moral judgment and moral responsibility. Key historical and contemporary figures in moral philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hume, Mill, Hare, Ross, Nagel, Foot, Stevenson, and Dancy, are used effectively as a means of examining the topics themselves.

Morality and the Human Goods

An Introduction to Natural Law Ethics
Author: Alfonso Gómez-Lobo
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 0878408851
Category: Philosophy
Page: 142
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A concise and accessible introduction to natural law ethics, this book introduces readers to the mainstream tradition of Western moral philosophy. Building on philosophers from Plato through Aquinas to John Finnis, Alfonso Gómez-Lobo links morality to the protection of basic human goods--life, family, friendship, work and play, the experience of beauty, knowledge, and integrity--elements essential to a flourishing, happy human life. Gómez-Lobo begins with a discussion of Plato's Crito as an introduction to the practice of moral philosophy, showing that it requires that its participants treat each other as equals and offer rational arguments to persuade each other. He then puts forth a general principle for practical rationality: one should pursue what is good and avoid what is bad. The human goods form the basis for moral norms that provide a standard by which actions can be evaluated: do they support or harm the human goods? He argues that moral norms should be understood as a system of rules whose rationale is the protection and enhancement of human goods. A moral norm that does not enjoin the preservation or enhancement of a specific good is unjustifiable. Shifting to a case study approach, Gómez-Lobo applies these principles to a discussion of abortion and euthanasia. The book ends with a brief treatment of rival positions, including utilitarianism and libertarianism, and of conscience as our ultimate moral guide. Written as an introductory text for students of ethics and natural law, Morality and the Human Goods makes arguments consistent with Catholic teaching but is not based on theological considerations. The work falls squarely within the field of philosophical ethics and will be of interest to readers of any background.

Moral Choices

An Introduction to Ethics
Author: Scott Rae
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 031053643X
Category: Religion
Page: 528
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With its unique union of theory and application and its well-organized, easy-to-use design, Moral Choices has earned its place as the standard text for college ethics courses. This fourth edition offers extensive updates, revisions, and three brand new chapters all designed to help students develop a sound and current basis for making ethical decisions in today's complex postmodern culture. Moral Choices outlines the distinctive elements of Christian ethics while avoiding undue dogmatism. The book also introduces other ethical systems and their key historical proponents, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant. After describing a seven-step procedure for tackling ethical dilemmas, author Scott Rae uses case studies to address some of today's most pressing social issues. He guides students in thinking critically and biblically about issues, including: Abortion Reproductive Technologies Euthanasia Capital Punishment Sexual Ethics The Morality of War Genetic Technologies and Human Cloning Ethics and Economics NEW: Creation Care NEW: Animal Rights NEW: Gun-Control NEW: Race, Gender, and Diversity NEW: Immigration, Refugees, and Border Control FEATURES Relevant Case Studies throughout Discussion questions at the end of each chapter Sidebars with case studies for discussion Recommended further reading

Beginning Ethics

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Author: Lewis Vaughn
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780393937909
Category: Philosophy
Page: 192
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The most accessible, practical, and affordable introduction to ethical theory and moral reasoning.

The Moral Disciple

An Introduction to Christian Ethics
Author: Kent A. Van Til
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802866751
Category: Philosophy
Page: 160
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The ability to judge good from bad, right from wrong, is a uniquely human characteristic. However, given the complexity of life, it is often difficult to discern which choice to make, where our responsibilities lie, or what the consequences of an action (or of a nonaction) will be. In The Moral Disciple Kent Van Til surveys the skills and dispositions that we need to address moral issues responsibly. This basic introduction to Christian ethics the systematic evaluation of morality highlights the centrality of Christ and the Christian faith in moral formation, and it offers an ethical framework to guide Christians as they engage a host of moral dilemmas, including those surrounding wealth, sexuality, and the end of life. Using easy-to-read prose and defining terms carefully, Van Til provides an accessible introduction to this crucial and practical subject.

Ethics

An Introduction to Philosophy and Practice
Author: Stephen J. Freeman
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 332
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Designed to assist students in developing an informed ethical conscience, this text introduces them to ethical theory and gives them practice in responding to real-life ethical issues that are often messy, complex, multifaceted. As they work through the ethical dilemmas in the book, students are encouraged to explore their own moral and ethical value systems as well as the codes they work from and to begin to form an informed ethical conscience for making sound moral and ethical judgments.