Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $35.21
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 76%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (12) from $35.21   
  • New (7) from $106.52   
  • Used (5) from $35.21   


"Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics features original essays an some of the most hotly debated issues in the field. Is abortion morally permissible? Should we be allowed to clone human beings? Should immigration be limited, or left open?" Showcasing original arguments for well-defined positions, as well as clear and concise statements of sophisticated philosophical views, this volume is an excellent resource for professional philosophers and students alike.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“It’s hard to think of a better general introduction to contemporary debates in applied ethics and public policy. The editors have enlisted well-known philosophers to pair off on particular controversies, and they do so ably and instructively. This volume will work well as a textbook for university courses.” Christopher Morris, University of Maryland

“Great writers joining debate on great topics. Cohen and Wellman have assembled an admirably compact volume, given its breadth. It will be of considerable service to teachers of moral problems courses and to anyone with an interest in the cutting edge of applied ethics.” David Schmidtz, University of Arizona

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Andrew I. Cohen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University, USA, and Director of its Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics. His published work focuses on rights theory and political philosophy and includes co-editorship of this volume’s first edition (Blackwell, 2005). Professor Cohen is currently researching issues concerning reparations and public contrition for past injustices that in many cases continue to inflame geopolitical sensibilities.

Christopher Heath Wellman is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. A specialist in the ethical aspects of political and legal philosophy, his books include the forthcoming Liberal Rights and Responsibilities: Debating the Ethics of Immigration (due for publication in 2013), and A Liberal Theory of International Justice (2009, with Andrew Altman), in addition to co-editing the first edition of this work.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 The wrong of abortion 13
2 The moral permissibility of abortion 27
3 A defense of affirmative action 43
4 Preferential policies have become toxic 59
5 Empty cages : animals rights and vivisection 77
6 Animals and their medical use 91
7 A defense of the death penalty 107
8 Why we should put the death penalty to rest 124
9 Why I oppose human cloning 141
10 The poverty of objections to human reproductive cloning 145
11 In defense of voluntary active euthanasia and assisted suicide 161
12 A case against euthanasia 179
13 Immigration : the case for limits 193
14 The case for open immigration 207
15 The right to get turned on : pornography, autonomy, equality 223
16 "The price we pay"? : pornography and harm 236
17 The limits of privacy 253
18 The case for privacy 263
19 The intrinsic value of nature in public policy : the case of the Endangered Species Act 279
20 Values in nature : a pluralistic approach 298
21 Famine relief : the duties we have to others 313
22 Famine relief and human virtue 326
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)