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TAKING SIDES: MORAL ISSUES, 12/epresents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. An instructorï¿½s manual with testing material is available for each volume. USING TAKING SIDES IN THE CLASSROOM is also an excellent instructor resource with practical suggestions on incorporating this effective approach in the classroom. Each TAKING SIDES reader features an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites and is supported by a book website. Visitwww.mhcls.com..
Table of Contents
Fundamental Issues In Morality
Is Moral Relativism Correct?
Yes: from "Moral Relativism," in Gilbert Harman and Judith Jarvis Thomson, eds., Moral Relativism and Moral Objectivity (Blackwell, 1996)
No: from "The Case Against Moral Relativism," in Louis P. Pojman and Lewis Vaughn, eds., The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (Oxford University Press, 2007)
Does Morality Need Religion?
Yes: from The Shape of the Good: Christian Reflections on the Foundations of Ethics (University of Notre Dame Press, 1991)
No: from "Religion, Morality, and Conscience," in John Arthur, ed., Morality and Moral Controversies, 4th ed. (Prentice Hall, 1996)
Gender, Sex, and Reproduction
Is Abortion Immoral?
Yes: from "Why Abortion Is Immoral," Journal of Philosophy (April 1989)
No: from "Abortion and the Concept of a Person," Canadian Journal of Philosophy (October 1975)
Must Sex Involve Commitment?
Yes: from Reflective Naturalism (Macmillan, 1969)
No: from "Plain Sex," Philosophy and Public Affairs (Spring 1977)
Is It Right to Prohibit Same-Sex Marriage?
Yes: from "Is It Wrong to Discriminate on the Basis of Homosexuality?" Journal of Social Philosophy, vol. 26, no. 1 (Spring, 1995)
No: from "Same-Sex Marriage and the Argument from Public Disagreement," Journal of Social Philosophy, vol. 30, no. 2 (Summer 1999)
Should Human Cloning Be Banned?
Yes: from "The Ethical Implications of Human Cloning," Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Spring 2005)
No: from "Human Cloning and the Challenge of Regulation," The New England Journal of Medicine (July 9, 1998)
Law And Society
Is Cloning Pets Ethically Justified?
Yes: "Creating Fido's Twin," Hastings Center Report (July/August 2005)
No: from "Cloning Companion Animals Is Wrong," Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (vol. 5, no. 3, 2002)
Should Congress Allow the Buying and Selling of Human Organs?
Yes: from "Selling Organs for Transplantation," The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine (September, 2004)
No: from "Should Congress Allow the Buying and Selling of Human Organs? No," Insight on the News (May 7, 2001)
Should Drugs be Legalized?
Yes: from "Legalize Drugs Now! An Analysis of the Benefits of Legalized Drugs," American Journal of Economics and Sociology (July 2000)
No:Drug Enforcement Administration, from "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization," http://www.DEA.gov (May 2003)
Is Gambling Immoral?
Yes: from "Gambling: A Preliminary Inquiry," Business Ethics Quarterly (vol. 3, no. 4, 1993)
No: from "Is Gambling Immoral? A Virtue Ethics Approach," in Mark Timmons, ed., Disputed Moral Issues (Oxford University Press, 2007)
Is Affirmative Action Fair?
Yes: from "Affirmative Action: Pro," in Albert G. Mosley and Nicholas Capaldi, eds., Affirmative Action: Social Justice or Unfair Preference? (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996)
No: from "The Case Against Affirmative Action," International Journal of Applied Philosophy (Spring 1998)
Should Licensing for Handguns Be More Restrictive?
Yes: from "The Ethics of Restrictive Licensing for Handguns: Comparing the United States and Canadian Approaches to Handgun Regulation," Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (Winter 2007)
No: from "The False Promise of Gun Control," The Atlantic Monthly (March 1994)
Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?
Yes: from Punishment in America: Social Control and the Ironies of Imprisonment (Sage, 1999)
No: from "The Death Penalty Once More," U.C. Davis Law Review (Summer 1985)
Is Torture Ever Justified?
Yes: from "Not Enough Official Torture in the World?" University of San Francisco Law Review (Spring 2005)
No: from "Tragic Choices: Reaffirming Absolutes in the Torture Debate," International Journal of Applied Philosophy (vol. 19, no. 2, 2005)
Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Wrong?
Yes: from "Assisted Suicide: Pro-Choice or Anti-Life?" Hastings Center Report (January/February 1989)
No: from "Assisted Suicide Is Not Voluntary Active Euthanasia," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (October 1992)
Human Beings And Other Species
Does Morality Require Vegetarianism?
Yes: from "Why We Should Be Vegetarians," International Journal of Applied Philosophy (vol. 20, no. 2, 2006)
No: from Environmental Ethics: Duties to and Values in the Natural World (Temple University Press, 1988)
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