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Facilitate honest, thoughtful and respectful consideration of controversial questions

An exciting first edition, Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions is designed to promote careful and vigorous yet congenial and respectful examination of a wide range of controversial ethical issues. It is unique in focusing attention on two steps that are essential prior to productive consideration of controversial questions: First, the elimination of Straw Man distortions that cause students to not only talk past one another but also to have a very negative view of those with whom they disagree; and second, the importance of understanding that those on the opposing side have legitimate and important concerns that can be understood and appreciated even by those who strongly disagree with their position.

With those problems cleared away, students can approach these difficult questions with openness to the best arguments on both sides: not with the goal of “meeting in the middle,” but of honestly appreciating the actual issues and the complexities of those issues.

Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions is organized around 15 major current issues, including the most vigorously debated contemporary social issues, such as abortion, capital punishment, drug legalization, immigration, same-sex marriage, church/state relations, the social responsibilities of corporations, and animal rights.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Recognize the misinformation and Straw Man arguments in daily conversations.
  • Explore new perspectives on examining difficult issues.
  • Gain an honest appreciation of the best points of differing views.

0205928277 / 9780205928279 Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions Plus MySearchLab with eText -- Access Card Package

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0205239927 / 9780205239924 MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card

0205924255 / 9780205924257 Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205928279
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/17/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Bruce N. Waller is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. He received his Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His other works include Consider Ethics: Theory, Readings, and Contemporary Issues, Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict, You Decide! Current Debates in Criminal Justice, You Decide! Current Debates in Contemporary Moral Problems, You Decide! Current Debates in Introductory Philosophy, You Decide! Current Debates in Ethics, and Coffee and Philosophy: A Conversational Introduction to Philosophy with Readings.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:
1)
Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Debating Abortion and Remaining Friends

Chapter 2: Dubious Approaches to Thinking About Ethics

Chapter 3: Some Useful Ways of Approaching Ethical Questions

Chapter 4: Abortion

Chapter 5: Capital Punishment

Chapter 6: Euthanasia

Chapter 7: Same-Sex Marriage

Chapter 8: Immigration

Chapter 9: Animal Rights

Chapter 10: Police Deception

Chapter 11: Jury Nullification

Chapter 12: Should Illegal Drugs be Legalized?

Chapter 13: Legacy Admissions

Chapter 14: Church and State Relations

Chapter 15: Patriotism

Chapter 16: Free Speech or Speech Codes?

Chapter 17: Corporate Responsibility


FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Debating Abortion and Remaining Friends

Why Are Debates So Angry?

The Six Rules for Talking Together

Genuine Value Disagreements

Chapter 2: Dubious Approaches to Thinking About Ethics

Egoism

Relativism

Divine Command Theory

Chapter 3: Some Useful Ways of Approaching Ethical Questions

Would You Like it if Everyone Did That?

An Impartial Observer

The Veil of Ignorance

Both Feelings and Principles

The Greatest Pleasure for the Greatest Number

Taking a Narrower Perspective: From the Marketplace to the Family

Do I Really Want to be that Sort of Person?

Can We Agree to Disagree?

Chapter 4: Abortion

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Legalized Abortion

Arguments Against Legalized Abortion

Chapter 5: Capital Punishment

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Capital Punishment

Arguments Against Capital Punishment

Chapter 6: Euthanasia

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Active Euthanasia

Arguments Against Active Euthanasia

Chapter 7: Same-Sex Marriage

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage

Chapter 8: Immigration

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Immigration

Arguments Against Immigration

Chapter 9: Animal Rights

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Animal Rights

Arguments Against Animal Rights

Chapter 10: Police Deception

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Police Deception

Arguments Against Police Deception

Chapter 11: Jury Nullification

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Jury Nullification

Arguments Against Jury Nullification

Chapter 12: Should Illegal Drugs be Legalized?

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Legalizing Drugs

Arguments Against Legalizing Drug

Chapter 13: Legacy Admissions

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Legacy Admissions

Arguments Against Legacy Admissions

Chapter 14: Church and State Relations

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments for Strict Church-State Separation

Arguments to Allow some State Support for Religion

Chapter 15: Patriotism

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Moderate Patriotism

Arguments Against Moderate Patriotism (in favor of Cosmopolitanism)

Chapter 16: Free Speech or Speech Codes?

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Unrestricted Free Speech

Arguments Against Moderate Patriotism (in favor of Speech Codes)

Chapter 17: Corporate Responsibility

Strawman Distortions

What is the Common Ground?

Arguments in Favor of Corporate Social Responsibility

Arguments Against Corporate Social Responsibility

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