Doing Ethics in a Diverse World / Edition 1

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Overview

Nothing is more difficult today than deciding what to do about abortion, gay marriage, economic injustice, war, torture, global warming, euthanasia, capital punishment, and a host of other controversies, particularly in a world in which people of varying religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds commonly live side by side. Can we draw on the wisdom of the past to address these contemporary ethical dilemmas? Can we see more clearly how we should consider what is right and wrong, and good and bad, and then work through these divisive problems toward decisions that make sense to us? While challenging moral relativism, Doing Ethics in a Diverse World uses a pluralist approach that draws on religious as well as secular positions and on Eastern as well as Western traditions. The book’s approach reasons by analogy from the rule of law, including international human rights law, as a means to constructing ethical presumptions about duty, character, relationships, and rights. These presumptions are weighed against the predicted consequences of acting on them, which either confirm the presumptions or support alternative actions. Employing a “Worksheet for Doing Ethics” as a guiding framework, this approach is then applied to issues of public morality, health care, economic justice, sex, the war on terrorism, and living ecologically.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343662
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,227,452
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Traer led the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) from 1990-2000. He served with the Ecumenical Accompaniment program in Israel/Palestine sponsored by the World Council of Churches. In 2002 he was a resident scholar at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies in Israel. He is a member of the core faculty at Dominican University and teaches courses in ethics and religion. Harlan Stelmach's graduate work in the field of ethics began at Harvard University where he received his masters degree. He completed his doctoral work at the Graduate Theological Union in 1977 in an interdisciplinary program in ethics and social science. A post-doctoral visiting scholar stay at the Haas School of Business in Berkeley contributed to one of his specialties in business ethics. He was the director of the Center for Ethics and Social Policy in Berkeley for five years. He is the chair of the humanities department at Dominican and teaches courses in moral philosophy, medical ethics, and social science and religion.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Learning from Experience
Our Challenge: Doing Ethics in a Pluralistic Society     3
Reasoning Together: Making Sense of Our Experience     17
Rule of Law: The Ethics of Justice     35
Creating an Ethical Presumption
Duty: Doing What Is Right     53
Character: Being a Good Person     65
Relationships: Caring and Letting Go     82
Human Rights: Autonomy and Human Dignity     99
Overcoming an Ethical Presumption
Possible Consequences: Utilitarian and Cost-Benefit Arguments     123
Worksheet for Doing Ethics     142
Making Decisions: HIV/AIDS     144
Applying the Approach
Public Morality: Seeking the Common Good     167
Health Care: Life and Death     185
Sex: Consent Plus What?     204
War Against Terrorism: Justice and Freedom     221
Economic Justice: Fair and Caring?     243
Our Natural World: Living Ecologically     265
Notes     287
Bibliography     305
Index     313
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