Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics / Edition 1

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Overview

"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.
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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405115476
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/31/2005
  • Series: Contemporary Debates in Philosophy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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.

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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
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