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Basic Ethics, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Michael Boylan

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 14, 2008

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A core text for undergraduate courses in Ethical Theory or a supplement for Applied Ethics courses.

 

This text examines major moral theories from the worldview perspective. It teaches students major tenets of the principal moral theories and the controversies surrounding them.  It also contains suggestions on choosing and applying ethical theories.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE BASIC QUESTIONS     

 

Chapter One: Living in a World of Values              

1.1 Who We Are and What We Value            

1.2 What is Ethics?                                                      

1.3 The Individual: Metaethics, Normative Ethics,         

and Applied Ethics                                                                   

1.4 The Society: Social and Political Ethics                               

A Thought Experiment on Individual and Social Ethics

Key Terms–5-10 terms

Notes

 

Chapter Two: Personal Worldview and Community Worldview                                                                             

2.1 The Normative Nature of Worldview

2.2  Personal worldview

2.3  Community worldview

Key Terms

An Exercise on worldview

Notes

 

Chapter Three: Relativism                                                  

3.1 Cultural Relativism                                                 

3.2 Moral Relativism                                                                

3.3  What’s at Stake?                                                               

Key Terms                                                                             

A Thought Experiment: Finding out what you Believe    

Notes                                                                                      

                                                                                               

Chapter Four: Egoism                                                          

4.1 Psychological Egoism                                                         

4.2 Ethical Egoism                                                                   

4.3 Egoism and Altruism                                                          

Key Terms                                                                              

A Thought Experiment: Finding out what you Believe.               

Notes                                                                                      

                                                                                            

                                                                                               

Chapter Five: Human Nature–Are People Good or Bad?

5.1   Humans are Bad

5.2   Humans are Good

5.3  What Difference Does it Make?

Key Terms

A Thought Experiment: Finding out what you Believe.

Notes

 

Chapter Six:  Morality and Religion                                   

6.1 The Origin of the Problem                                      

6.2 Absolute Good                                                                  

6.3 Divine Command Theory                                                   

6.4 Ethics with and without Religion                                         

Key Terms

A Thought Experiment: Finding out what you Believe.   

Notes                                                                                      

                                                                                               

Chapter Seven: Ethical Feminism                                        

7.1  Gender: Are Men and Women Different?               

7.2  Care and Justice                                                                

7.3  Race: What is Race and Why is it an Issue?            

7.4  Opportunity and Desert                                                     

Key Terms                                                                              

A Thought Experiment: Finding out what you Believe.   

Notes  

 

PART TWO: TRADITIONAL Moral Theories: THE BASIC ANSWERS

 

Chapter Eight: It’s All Your Intuition: Ethical Intuitionism 

8.1 Snapshot

8.2 The Problem this Theory Addresses

8.3 The Argument for the Theory

8.4 The Argument Against the Theory

A Challenging Case Study

Key Terms

Notes

 

Chapter Nine: It’s All in Your Attitude: Ethical Non-Cognitivism

9.1 Snapshot                                                                                       

9.2    The Problem this Theory Addresses

9.3    The Argument for the Theory

9.4    The Argument Against the Theory

A Challenging Case Study

Key Terms

Notes

 

Chapter Ten: It’s About What You Agree: Ethical Contractarianism               

10.1 Snapshot                                                                         

10.2 The Problem these Theories Address                               

10.3 The Argument for each theory                                          

10.4 The Argument Against the Theory

A Challenging Case Study

Key Terms

Notes

 

Chapter Eleven: It’s All in Your Character: Virtue Ethics

11.1 Snapshot                                                                         

11.2 The Problem this Theory Addresses                                 

11.3 The Argument for the Theory                                           

11.4 The Argument Against the Theory                        

A Challenging Case Study                                                        

Key Terms                                                                              

Notes

 

Chapter Twelve: It’s About the Team: Utilitarianism

12.1 Snapshot                                                                         

12.2 The Problem this Theory Addresses                                 

12.3 The Argument for the Theory                                           

12.4 The Argument Against the Theory            

A Challenging Case Study                                            

Key Terms                                                                  

 

Chapter Thirteen: It’s About Doing Your Duty                                              

13.1 Snapshot                                                             

13.2 The Problem this Theory Addresses                     

13.3 The Argument for the Theory                               

13.4 The Argument Against the Theory            

A Challenging Case Study                                            

Key Terms                                                                  

Notes                                                                                                                                                              

 

PART THREE: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

 

Chapter Fourteen: Formulating Your Own Answer    

14.1    Personal Expression                                            

14.2    Social/Political ethics                                           

Two Exercises                                                             

                                                                       

Glossary                                              

Index                                                   

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