Applying Moral Theories / Edition 5

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Overview

How do you apply ethics or "common morality" in the real world? APPLYING MORAL THEORIES introduces you to the major ethical theories then shows you how to apply them in real-world settings. Examining egoism, natural law, utilitarianism, respect for persons, and virtue ethics, this text encourages you to break down ethical deliberations into four classes of concerns: factual, conceptual, application, and moral. the book's driving claim is that "common morality," or the stock of moral ideas that most people in our culture share, cannot be captured in a single moral theory, but that each of these theories highlights an important aspect of common morality.

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Despite the increasing interest in applied ethics, Harris (Texas A&M U.) finds that little has been done to make ethical theory more accessible to students and more easily applicable to moral problems. To help remedy that neglect, he sets out the various theories in a common format to facilitate comparing them, and discusses methodologies for applying them. He does not note dates of earlier editions, but here adds a chapter on virtue ethics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495007050
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 927,907
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Edwin Harris, Jr. is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. As an undergraduate he majored in biology and minored in chemistry and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He is co-author of a widely-used textbook in engineering ethics, and he has published numerous papers, most of them in the field of ethics. He has spent most of his career at Texas A&M University, and he teaches courses in ethical theory, applied ethics, and professional ethics for engineers.

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Table of Contents

Preface. 1. What Is Ethics? 2. Morality: Subjective or Objective? 3. Moral Theories. 4. The Ethics of Self-Interest. 5. The Ethics of Natural Law. 6. The Ethics of Utilitarianism. 7. The Ethics of Respect for Persons. 8. Virtue Ethics. Appendix I: Applying the Moral Theories. Appendix II: Cases for Analysis. Index.

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