The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Ethics [NOOK Book]


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  • ISBN-13: 9781440650734
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,115,774
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Bruce Ingram, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago. He is author of eight books on philosophy and ethics, most notably Rights, Democracy, and Fulfillment in the Era of Identity Politics and Law: Key Concepts in Philosophy. Jennifer A. Parks, Ph.D., is an associate professor of philosophy at Loyola University and the author of three texts in bioethics, most recently No Place Like Home?, Feminist Ethics and Home Health Care.

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Table of Contents


1. So, What's Your Philosophy of Life?
Ethics in Everyday Life. Why Terminology Matters. It's Not Just a Fact, It's Your Life. Norms, Social Cooperation, and Life's Purpose.

2. The Inevitability of Ethical Dilemmas.
Making Sense of Ethical Dilemmas. Moral Conflicts. Preferences Versus Value Choices. True Blue: Be True to Yourself. Critical Reason and the Moral Agent.

3. Convince Me That I'm Wrong.
Give Me One Good Reason. Because My Parents Said So. The Importance of Skepticism.

4. God Made Me Do It.
Can a Nonbeliever Be Ethical? Because God Said So: Divine Command Theory. Objection #1. Objection #2. Objection #3. Does the Bible Tell Us So? Difference Between Faith and Reason.

5. Let Science Be Your Guide.
If Not God, Then Nature. The Good Scientist as Moral Guru. Hello Science, Good-Bye Ethics. Having Your Cake And Eating It, Too. Of Moral Engineers and Other Monsters.


6. "Me First" Ethics.
Psychological Egoism. Ethical Egoism. Altruism? No Way!

7. "Us First" Ethics.
Ethical Subjectivism@CHAPTER = Cultural Relativism. "It's All Relative: Facts vs. Value Judgments".

8. Cynical About Ethics?
Ripping Off the Masses. Marx's Critique of Moral Ideas. Sick to Death of Ethics. Friedrich Nietzsche's Affirmative Nihilism. Of Sheep and Supermen. An Ounce of Cynicism Is Worth a Pound of Nihilism.


9. Ancient Greek Virtue Ethics.
The Virtue of Vice Squads. It's Good to Be Good. Please Don't Kill Me with Kindness. Different Strokes for Different Folks.

10. Middle Age Virtues.
Nature as a Moral Order. One Christian Take on Human Nature. Does Knowing What's Natural Come Naturally? Looking Ahead to Modern Natural Law.

11. Modern Social Contract Theory.
Low-Ball Ethics. Contracting to Get Out of a Hole. You Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours. Broken Contracts.

12. We Can't Forget Kant.
Do Your Duty! Hypothetical Versus Unconditional Commands. Absolute No-No's: The Categorical Imperative. Getting Your Just Deserts.

13. Consequentialist Theories.
Sorry, Kant: Outcomes Matter. Jeremy Bentham's Utilitarianism. You Can't Compare Apples and Oranges. Quality Is Better Than Quantity. John Stuart Mill's Rule of Utilitarianism.

14. Using the "F" Word: Feminist Ethics.
Do Women Have a Different Morality? The Ethic of Care. Do Women Care Too Much?. Beyond an Ethic of Care.

15. There's a Fly in My Recipe.
Limits of Virtue Ethics and Feminist Ethics. Hitches with Natural Law Ethics. Glitches with Social Contractarian Ethics. Problems with Duty-Based Ethics. Issues with Consequentialist Ethics.

16. Mixing Recipes.
Mixing Moral Recipes. Add Some Consequences to a Medley of Duties. W.D. Ross. Add Some Primary Goods to a Casserole of Rights. Jurgen Habermas's Discourse Ethics.


17. Environmental Ethics.
Determining How to Value Nature. People First. What'll It Cost Me? Nature First. Spicing Up Your Life with Biocentrism. Radical Deep Ecology: Get Rid of Humans!.

18. Biomedical Ethics.
From Principles to Practice. Death Be Not Proud. Murder or Killing? Issues in Abortion. Dr. Frankenstein Revisited. Carbon Copies: Cloning and Genetic Technology.

19. Business Ethics.
Let the Buyer Beware. Payback Time. You're Busted! Whistleblowing. Ethics in Advertising: A Contradiction in Terms?

20. Ethics and Animals.
What Do We Owe Animals? Favoring Humans: Another Form of Racism? You Are What You Eat: Moral Arguments for Vegetarianism. Accessory to Murder? The Ethics of Wearing Animals. Is Research on Animals Ever Justified?


21. We're Talking Social Justice!
When Moral Decency Just Isn't Enough. It's Not Just Bad Luck. When Bad Luck Becomes Social Injustice. Are We Our Brother's Keeper? People of the World, Unite!

22. The Immigration Controversy.
Lifeboat Ethics: Trying to Stay Afloat. Protecting Individual Rights. Liberalism Versus Communitarianism. Ethics of Immigration in the Real World.

23. Economic Justice.
How Big Is Our Pie and Who Gets Which Slice? Everyone Deserves at Least Some Pie. The Virtues of Capitalism. Capitalism and Its Virtues. Capitalism and Its Vices. Virtues and Vices of Noncapitalist Economies. The Global Economy. What Is to Be Done?

24. Political Justice.
To Obey or Not to Obey? Why Democracy? The American Experiment. Letting Someone Else Make the Decisions. Cultivating Democracy in Our Everyday Lives. Expanding Democracy.

25. Gender Justice.
Sexual Harassment. Equal Pay for Equal Work. Pornography: It's More Than Skin Deep. Sex Work: Beyond a Labor of Love. Should Gender Matter in a Just World?

26. Affirmative Action and Multiculturalism.
It's Just Skin-Deep After All. We're One Big Family. Leveling the Playing Field or Reverse Discrimination? Is Affirmative Action Reverse Discrimination?

27. Getting Our Just Des(s)erts.
For Further Consideration…. Taking a Stand: Standpoint Theory. The Personal Is Political. Social Institutions and Personal Choice. Dealing with Moral Evil. Living the Good Life.

Appendix A. Glossary.
Appendix B. For Future Reference.
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