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Contemporary Moral Problems: War, Terrorism, Torture and Assassination, 4th Edition

  • James E. White St. Cloud State University
  • ISBN-10: 1111523517  |  ISBN-13: 9781111523510
  • 128 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2012 | Published
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Excerpted chapters from the ninth edition of White CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS made available to provide readers with a brief anthology for the study of the ethics of war, terrorism, torture, and assassination. Supported with problem cases, an illuminating introductory essay, and study questions, this text will engage students in one of the most crucial moral debates of our time. Readings representing divergent viewpoints will challenge them to develop their own critical positions. This text is available either as a standalone reader or can be bundled with any other Wadsworth title.

Features and Benefits

  • Rigorous learning aids, including study and discussion questions, summaries of conclusions and arguments, and biographical information on philosophers, enable students to more rapidly identify and understand the key ideas developed in each reading.
  • Challenging problem cases in each chapter help students examine and debate ethical ideas in a "real world" context.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Douglas P. Lackey: Pacifism. Michael W. Brough, John W. Lango, and Harry van der Linden: Just War Principles. Neta C. Crawford: The Slippery Slope to Preventive War. Laurie Calhoun: The Terrorist’s Tacit Message. Thomas Nagel: What Is Wrong with Terrorism? David Luban: The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.
Introduction. Alan Dershowitz: The Case for Torturing the Ticking Bomb Terrorist. David Luban: Liberalism, Torture and the Ticking Bomb. Uwe Steinhoff: The Case for Dirty Harry and against Alan Dershowitz. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings.
Introduction. Whitley R. P. Kaufman: Rethinking the Ban on Assassination: Just War Principles in the Age of Terror. Daniel Statman: Targeted Killing. Problem Cases. Suggested Readings

What's New

  • New chapter on assassination.
  • Updated factual background for each chapter.
  • New suggested readings.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

James E. White

James E. White received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and is retired after teaching at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota.