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Students learn how traditional ethical theories can be applied to practical problems.
Introducing Ethics is a brief text that encourages students to determine how the common wisdom of traditional ethical theories can be applied to practical problems such as the distribution of income and wealth, torture, terrorism, and gay and lesbian rights.
The text begins by challenging students to think about whether or not ethics is useful for making choices. It poses three questions: 1) Is morality determined by religion rather than reason? 2) Is everything relative? 3) Is it better to be an egoist?
Then, after laying out Utilitarian ethics, Kantian ethics, and Aristotelian ethics, the author poses an additional three challenges focused on the traditional conceptions of ethics: the environmental challenge, the feminist challenge, and the multicultural challenge.
Upon completing this book readers will be able to:
- Answer the question: Do I make ethical or moral choices well?
- Determine their own responses to ethical challenges
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Religion and Morality
Chapter 2 The Challenge of Moral Relativism
Chapter 3 The Challenge of Egoism
Chapter 4 The Utilitarian Ethics
Chapter 5 The Kantian Ethics
Chapter 6 The Aristotelian Ethics
Chapter 7 The Environmental Challenge
Chapter 8 The Feminist Challenge
Chapter 9 The Multicultural Challenge
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