A Companion to Applied Ethics / Edition 1

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In recent years, many important moral, social, and political issues have come under philosophical scrutiny, with the result that applied or practical ethics has become one of the largest areas of growth in philosophy. These specially commissioned essays by many of the leading figures in applied ethics track that growth. They provide substantive discussions of the pressing issues that orient around the topics in question, and, collectively, constitute an in-depth, state-of-the-art account of present-day philosophical thinking in practical ethics.

A Companion to Applied Ethics is the most ambitious and authoritative account of applied ethics available. The volume will serve professionals as an indispensable resource, and, because it is written accessibly, will provide students and educated laymen with an excellent guide to the current state of play in substantive discussion by philosophers of major moral, social, and political issues.

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“The Companion to Applied Ethics offers accessible essays by many of the leading writers in the field. It is a superb introduction to applied ethics for students and the interested reader alike.” Peter Singer, Princeton University

"The choice of essays is a solid representation of the various investigations and arguments that address important issues in the field of applied ethics. The book's organization allows it to be useful in a number of ways: as a straight reference work, as a reader on allied topics or as an anthology of significant philosophical issues. It is an important work valuable for students, general readers and seasoned specialists." Reference Reviews

“Anyone who wants to know the ‘state of the art’ in applied ethics should start here. Frey and Wellman have assembled a collection of first-rate essays by the leading figures in the field. There is no better introduction to this exciting area of philosophy.” James Rachels, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405133456
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/31/2005
  • Series: Foundations of Business Ethics Series, #80
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 492,168
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

R. G. Frey is Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on applied ethics, normative theory, and the history of eighteenth-century British moral philosophy. With Gerald Dworkin and Sissela Bok, he is the author of Euthanasia and Physician-assisted Suicide (1998).

Christopher Heath Wellman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. He is co-editor, with Andrew Cohen, of Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (Blackwell 2004).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 The Nature of Applied Ethics 1
2 Theories of Ethics 17
3 Property Rights and Welfare Redistribution 38
4 Civil Disobedience and the Duty to Obey the Law 50
5 Capitalism and Marxism 62
6 State Punishment and the Death Penalty 75
7 Racism 89
8 Sexism 102
9 Affirmative Action 118
10 The Legal Enforcement of Morality 128
11 Hate Crimes, Literature, and Speech 142
12 Pornography and Censorship 154
13 Dirty Hands 167
14 Sexual Ethics 180
15 Gun Control 192
16 Citizenship 210
17 Immigration 224
18 World Hunger 238
19 War and Terrorism 254
20 Nationalism and Secession 267
21 Intergenerational Justice 279
22 Bioethics 295
23 Abortion 313
24 Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide 326
25 Reproductive Technology 342
26 Genetic Engineering 356
27 Surrogate Motherhood 369
28 Cloning 382
29 Allocation of Medical Resources 396
30 Experimentation on Human Subjects 410
31 Disability 424
32 Moral Status 439
33 Killing and Letting Die 451
34 The Doctrine of Double Effect 464
35 Bad Samaritans, Acts, and Omissions 475
36 Moral Dilemmas 487
37 Education 498
38 Personal Relationships 512
39 Animals 525
40 Business Ethics 537
41 Corporate Responsibility 552
42 Whistle-blowing 570
43 Professional Ethics 583
44 Media Ethics 597
45 Computer Ethics 608
46 Engineering Ethics 620
47 Environmental Ethics 633
48 Values in Nature 650
49 The Tragedy of the Commons 662
50 Global Warming 674
Index 685
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