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Looking for a book that combines ethical theory with today's most relevant and compelling issues? SOCIAL AND PERSONAL ETHICS provides you with a sound introduction to ethical theory and issues through engaging readings on today's most hotly debated topics including war, marriage and sexual morality, business ethics, and a new section on voting and democracy.
Table of Contents
An Introduction to Ethics
The Nature of Morality
Normative Theories of Ethics
The Challenge of Cultural Relativism
Four Rival Ethical Perspectives
Happiness, Function, and Virtue
Good Will, Duty, and the Categorical Imperative
What Makes Right Acts Right?
Issues in Applied Ethics
Suicide and Euthanasia
The Morality and Rationality of Suicide
Voluntary Active Euthanasia
When Self-Determination Runs Amok
Is There a Duty to Die?
An Almost Absolute Value in History
The Moral Status of Abortion
An Argument That Abortion Is Wrong
A Defense of Abortion
Virtue Theory and Abortion
Animals, Vegetarianism, and Environmental Ethics
The Place of Nonhumans in Environmental Issues
Do Animals Have Rights?
Why You Are Committed to the Immorality of Eating Meat
Why I Am Only a Demi-Vegetarian
Reply to Hare
Respect for Life
Reply to Rolston
Liberty and Paternalism
A Drug-Free America--or a Free America?
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency: Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization
Marriage and Sexual Morality
Why Shouldn't Tommy and Jim Have Sex?
Homosexuality, Gay Marriage, and the Common Good
Gay Marriage: The Case for Equal Treatment
Adultery and Fidelity
Alcohol and Rape
Pornography, Oppression, and Freedom
Voting and Democracy
Considerations on Representative Government
Is There a Duty to Vote?
Editors, Harvard Law Review: The Case for Compulsory Voting
Crime, Guns, and Rights
The False Promise of Gun Control
Handguns and Violent Crime
Is There a Right to Own a Gun?
Punishment and the Death Penalty
Punishment and the Criminal Justice System
The Ultimate Punishment: A Defense
Justice, Civilization, and the Death Penalty
U.S. Supreme Court: Atkins v. Virginia
The Ethics of War and the Response to Terrorism
Jus ad Bellum and an Officer's Moral Obligations: Ignorance, the Constitution, and Iraq
Civilians and Combatants
Torture in Principle and in Practice
Race, Discrimination, and Affirmative Action
A More Perfect Union
One Way to Understand and Defend Programs of Preferential Treatment
The Case Against Affirmative Action
U.S. Supreme Court: The University of Michigan Affirmative Action Cases
Editors, Harvard Law Review: Never Again Shall A People Starve in a World of Plenty
Welfare and Social Justice
Let the Poor Sell Their Kidneys
Is Inheritance Justified?
U.S. Supreme Court: Kelo v. City of New London
Ethics in Business
The Inconclusive Case Against Manipulative Advertising
The Ethics of Sales
Some Paradoxes of Whistleblowing
Drug Testing in Employment
For Further Reading
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