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Morality and Moral Controversies: Readings in Moral, Social and Political Philosophy, 9th Edition

By Steven Scalet, John Arthur

Published by Routledge

Published Date: Nov 11, 2012


Morality and Moral Controversies provides students with the tools to understand the philosophical ideas that are shaping our world today. This comprehensive anthology includes classic and contemporary readings in moral theory and the most current applied ethics debates emphasizing international concerns. Through analyzing these readings such as Supreme Court decisions, students will grasp the scope of various philosophical discussions Supreme Court justices must have. Morality and Moral Controversies challenges readers to critically assess leading controversies in moral, social, and political philosophy.

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Understand philosophical ideas that are shaping our world today.
  • Confront conflicts faced when given the choice of morality.
  • Apply various philosophical ideas to politics, religion, economics, relationships, and medicine.
  • Discuss basic philosophical arguments.

Table of Contents

Part 1:            Moral Thinking

Chapter 1:     Self-Interest, Religion, and Conscience

Chapter 2:     The Sources and Grounds of Morality

Chapter 3:     Classical Theories of Morality

Chapter 4:     Contemporary Perspectives

Part 2:            Life and Death

Chapter 5:     Terrorism and War

Chapter 6:     Capital Punishment

Chapter 7:     Animals and Environmentalism

Chapter 8:     Human Reproduction:  Cloning and Abortion

Chapter 9:     Medicine and Deciding Who Should Live

Part 3:            Personal Relationships

Chapter 10:   Love and Sex

Chapter 11:   Family and Friendship

Chapter 12:   Personal Dimensions of Technology

Part 4:            Political, Economic, and Social Relationships

Chapter 13:   The Ideal State

Chapter 14:   Patriotism, Civil Disobedience, and the Rule of Law

Chapter 15:   Markets and Property

Chapter 16:   Democracy, Globalization, and Corporate Responsibility

Chapter 17:   Liberty:  Drug Use and Free Speech

Chapter 18:   Race, Gender, and Affirmative Action

Chapter 19:   Immigration and Multicultural Societies