Higher Education

Applying Ethics: A Text with Readings, 11th Edition

  • Julie C. Van Camp California State University, Long Beach
  • Jeffrey Olen Regis College
  • Vincent Barry Bakersfield College, Emeritus
  • ISBN-10: 1285196775  |  ISBN-13: 9781285196770
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $151.25
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About

Overview

Help your students discover the ethical issues and implications surrounding today's most compelling social dilemmas--from genetic engineering and cloning to terrorism and the use of torture--with APPLYING ETHICS: A TEXT WITH READINGS, 11th Edition. Framed by the authors' helpful introductions and supported by a variety of readings and cases that reflect both sides of the topics being explored, this best-selling book offers a balanced introduction to ethics today.

Features and Benefits

  • The book contains two distinct parts. Part 1, "Moral Reasoning," provides the philosophical background that many readers will find helpful. The first chapter deals with moral reasons and principles, drawing on the views of such philosophers as Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and Rawls. It also includes discussions of ethical relativism and what it means to think morally. The second chapter is an introduction to critical thinking, with particular emphasis on the evaluation of moral arguments.
  • In Part 2, "Issues," the book's carefully crafted and sequenced pedagogical features guide students from an easy-to-read introduction to the reading, to pro-and-con arguments on the topic, to post-reading questions for analysis, to case presentations followed by further questions for analysis.
  • The introductory essay in each Part 2 chapter is written by the book's authors. Each introduction lays out the relevant moral issues and background material and summarizes and clarifies the theoretical landscape of the moral debate under discussion.
  • Pro and con arguments on the chapter's central dispute, which follow the introductions, are written in colloquial "point–counterpoint" style.
  • Pro and con arguments in every Part 2 chapter are followed by four reading selections that offer multiple perspectives on the issue under discussion, with each preceded by headnotes summarizing the main points and followed by questions for analysis. These questions prepare students for in-class discussions or independent writing assignments by highlighting the arguments and reasons on both sides of the issue at hand.
  • Each chapter ends with four Case Presentations to provoke further class discussion.
  • The book's website includes a wealth of activities and content that supplement what students read in the book and learn in class.

Table of Contents

Part I: MORAL REASONING.
1. Moral Reasons.
2. Good Reasoning.
Part II: ISSUES.
3. Sexual Morality.
4. Abortion.
5. Euthanasia.
6. Genetic Engineering, Stem Cell Research, and Human Cloning.
7. Capital Punishment.
8. War, Terrorism, and Civil Liberties.
9. Globalization and Social Justice.
10. Discrimination.
11. Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics.
12. Computer Ethics and the Internet.

What's New

  • New and revised content includes updated information on numerous "hot topics," including stem cell research (Ch. 6), the abolition of the death penalty in several states and the increased rate of execution of women (Ch. 7), efforts to combat terrorism and the use of drones (Ch. 8), and climate change (Ch. 11).
  • Chapter 3, "Sexual Morality," includes two new readings: Margaret A. Farley's "Framework for a Sexual Ethic: Just Sex" and Ann Ferguson's "Gay Marriage: An American and Feminist Dilemma," as well as new information on the latest U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
  • Revisions of Chapter 4, "Abortion," include a new reading by Bertha Alvarez Manninen, "Expanding the Discussion about Fetal Life within Prochoice Advocacy."
  • Revisions of Chapter 5, "Euthanasia," include a new reading by J. David Velleman, "Against the Right to Die."
  • Revisions of Chapter 9, "Globalization and Social Justice," include a new reading by Peter Singer, "Global Poverty: What Are Our Obligations?"
  • Revisions of Chapter 10, "Discrimination," include a new reading by Elizabeth Anderson, "Affirmative Action Is About Helping All of Us," and a new case study on Fisher v. University of Texas.
  • Chapter 12, "Computer Ethics and the Internet," includes a new reading by Eugene H. Spafford, "Are Computer Hacker Break-ins Ethical?" and updated information on censorship issues on Twitter.
  • New resources on the book's Premium Website include tutorial and other quizzes, essay questions, web links, further readings, applying ethics to movies activities, simulations, video lectures, a glossary, flashcards, cases, a Guide to Logic, information on fields of philosophy, information on philosophers and their works, and a philosophy timeline.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"[The book offers] an extraordinary overview of applied ethics topics with all the right articles. Any student can quickly become an expert on a variety of controversial issues by reading this book."

— Matthew Brophy, High Point University

"[This book has] a judicious selection of readings revealing a panorama of arguments on a wealth of provocative issues, all interspersed with insightful discussions that encourage students to reach their own conclusions."

— Stephen H. Levy, Ph.D., College of Morris and St Peter's University

"This a fine textbook: It contains the classic essays and classic course topics covered in a moral issues course. The text's most impressive points are its case studies and its chapter on Computer Ethics and the Internet."

— Sarah Conrad, University of North Texas

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Website, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285427793 | ISBN-13: 9781285427799)

The Premium Website for APPLYING ETHICS: A TEXT WITH READINGS, 11th Edition, contains content specific to the Van Camp text as well as additional resources to support students taking Introduction to Ethics. The site houses quizzing, chapter reviews, and web links for each chapter in the text. Discipline content includes guides to studying philosophy as well as to researching and writing philosophy papers, biographies of major philosophers, and excerpts from the philosophers' most important works. Interactive activities include timelines, visual representations of fields of philosophy, videos, and streaming video of ethics news. Delivered by e-mail, the Instant Access Code provides information and a code that gives students full access to the website.

List Price = $51.00  | CengageBrain Price = $51.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $51.00

Website, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285427807 | ISBN-13: 9781285427805)

The Premium Website for APPLYING ETHICS: A TEXT WITH READINGS, 11th Edition, contains content specific to the Van Camp text as well as additional resources to support students taking Introduction to Ethics. The site houses quizzing, chapter reviews, and web links for each chapter in the text. Discipline content includes guides to studying philosophy as well as to researching and writing philosophy papers, biographies of major philosophers, and excerpts from the philosophers' most important works. Interactive activities include timelines, visual representations of fields of philosophy, videos, and streaming video of ethics news. The Printed Access Card, which can be included with student texts, provides information and a code that gives students full access to the website.

List Price = $51.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $38.25

Student Supplements

Website, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285427793 | ISBN-13: 9781285427799)

The Premium Website for APPLYING ETHICS: A TEXT WITH READINGS, 11th Edition, contains a variety of resources to support your study of ethics. Interactive activities include timelines, visual representations of fields of philosophy, videos, and streaming video of ethics news. Tutorial quizzes, chapter reviews, and web links for each chapter in the text reinforce your understanding of important concepts. You'll also find guides to studying philosophy as well as to researching and writing philosophy papers, biographies of major philosophers, and excerpts from the philosophers' most important works. Delivered by e-mail, the Instant Access Code provides information and a code that gives you full access to the website.

List Price = $51.00  | CengageBrain Price = $51.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $51.00

Website, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285427807 | ISBN-13: 9781285427805)

The Premium Website for APPLYING ETHICS: A TEXT WITH READINGS, 11th Edition, contains a variety of resources to support your study of ethics. Interactive activities include timelines, visual representations of fields of philosophy, videos, and streaming video of ethics news. Tutorial quizzes, chapter reviews, and web links for each chapter in the text reinforce your understanding of important concepts. You'll also find guides to studying philosophy as well as to researching and writing philosophy papers, biographies of major philosophers, and excerpts from the philosophers' most important works. The Printed Access Card, which may be included with your text, provides information and a code that gives you full access to the website.

List Price = $51.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $38.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Julie C. Van Camp

Julie C. Van Camp is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at California State University, Long Beach, where she taught philosophy of law and applied ethics. Along with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University, she holds a J.D. from Georgetown University. She has been admitted to the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar. She is the author of two other Cengage Learning titles, including ETHICAL ISSUES IN THE COURTS and ETHICS (4LTR Press).

Jeffrey Olen

Jeffrey Olen is the author of PERSONS AND THEIR WORLD, ETHICS IN JOURNALISM, and MORAL FREEDOM, in addition to journal articles on a variety of topics. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Temple University, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and Regis University-Colorado Springs.

Vincent Barry

Vincent Barry is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Bakersfield College, having taught there for thirty-four years as well as being a highly successful philosophy textbook author.