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Ethics: Theory and Contemporary Issues, Concise Edition, 2nd Edition

  • Barbara MacKinnon University of San Francisco
  • ISBN-10: 1133049745  |  ISBN-13: 9781133049746
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

MacKinnon's ETHICS: THEORY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES—CONCISE EDITION, 2E presents focused coverage of the major areas of ethical theory and an engaging collection of contemporary moral debates. The concise edition removes readings found in the market-leading comprehensive edition, but the remainder of the content is identical, providing a balanced and effective introduction to ethics that integrates theory with today's most pressing moral issues. Rigorous, yet reader-friendly, illuminating overviews and selections of readings from both traditional and contemporary sources make even complex philosophical concepts accessible for students. Comprehensive, clear-sighted introductions to general and specific areas of ethical debate cover major ethical theories, including feminist ethics, contract theory, and ethical relativism, before delving into issues ranging from euthanasia and sexual morality to war and globalization. Increased coverage of contemporary dilemmas highlights issues of widespread interest, including torture and terrorism, "partial birth" abortion, cloning, same-sex marriage, and global distributive justice. An innovative online resource center offers, among other things, animated simulations. These simulations offer students the opportunity to personally engage with dilemmas and thought experiments commonly presented in introduction to ethics classes and provide instructors with a way to seamlessly integrate online assignments into the class.

Features and Benefits

  • Valuable introductions to guide learning: Extended introductions in this edition's chapters on theory provide detailed summaries of the theories, major issues, positions, and arguments. Extended introductions for the applied ethics chapters highlight relevant cases and place information within the context of current news events.
  • Balanced presentation: This book introduces traditional ethics as developed in the European tradition, while still emphasizing a range of cultural, gender, racial, and international perspectives.
  • Assistance in writing papers: Because writing philosophy papers often poses a significant challenge for today's students, a 12-page appendix dedicated to writing ethics papers provides much-needed assistance. In addition, topics and resources for written assignments appear within discussion cases, the text's companion website, and within each end-of-chapter bibliography.
  • Intriguing chapter openings: Actual, interesting life events, hypothetical dialogue, or recent empirical data at the beginning of each chapter capture students' interest and direct their attention to the engaging readings that follow.
  • Effective learning aids: Study Questions at the beginning of each reading help students focus and become critically engaged with the content. Review Exercises at the end of each chapter can also serve as test or exam questions. Discussion Cases, following each chapter in the second part of the text, encourage profitable classroom discussion.

Table of Contents

1. Ethics and Ethical Reasoning.
2. Ethical Relativism.
3. Egoism.
4. Utilitarianism.
5. Kant's Moral Theory.
6. Contractarianism.
7. Morality and Human Nature.
8. Virtue Ethics.
9. Feminist Thought and the Ethics of Care.
10. Euthanasia.
11. Abortion.
12. Sexual Morality.
13. Equality and Discrimination.
14. Economic Justice.
15. Legal Punishment.
16. Environmental Ethics.
17. Animal Rights.
18. Stem Cell Research, Cloning, and Genetic Engineering.
19. Violence, Terrorism, and War.
20. Global Issues and Globalization.
Appendix: How to Write and Ethics Paper.

What's New

  • Two new chapters have been added: one focuses on feminist thought and the ethics of care, the other, on contractarianism.
  • Overviews are updated with current events and research ensuring relevant and factual examples.
  • The innovative Resource Center is updated and expanded, and still includes interactive learning modules that use flash-animated ethics simulations.
  • A four-color layout designed with readability and student interest in mind. Opening vignettes in each chapter are highlighted with illustrations to help focus and engage today's visually oriented student.

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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.

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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.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Barbara MacKinnon

Barbara MacKinnon is a professor emerita of philosophy at the University of San Francisco. During her 30 years of teaching, her instruction and writing focused primarily on the history of ethics and contemporary ethical issues. She enjoys reading widely, playing the piano, and traveling.