Ethics in Practice: An Anthology / Edition 3

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The fourth edition of Ethics in Practice offers an impressive collection of 70 new, revised, and classic essays covering 13 key ethical issues. Essays integrate ethical theory and the discussion of practical moral problems into a text that is ideal for introductory and applied ethics courses.

  • A fully updated and revised edition of this authoritative anthology of classic and contemporary essays covering a wide range of ethical and moral issues
  • Integrates ethical theory with discussions of practical moral problems, and includes three essays on theory written specifically for this volume
  • Nearly half of the essays are written or revised exclusively for this anthology, which now also features eleven essays new to this edition, as well as expanded sections discussing theory, reproductive technologies, war and terrorism, and animals
  • Content allows teachers to discuss discrete practical issues (e.g., euthanasia), focus on the broader grouping of topics (e.g., life and death), or focus on common themes which bridge sections (sexism, moral standing, individualism and community)
  • Section introductions not only outline the basic issues discussed in the essays, but relate them to theoretical perspectives and practical issues discussed elsewhere in the book.
  • Guides students with supporting introductory essays on reading philosophy, theorizing about ethics, writing a philosophy paper, and a supporting web site at
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“A superb and thoughtfully edited collection of ethical writing, both theoretical and applied, containing timeless classics (many revised) and timely contemporary essays on important practical topics.”
David Archard, Queen’s University Belfast

“Hugh Lafollette, a leading ethicist who is known (and valued) in particular for his contributions to practical ethics, has done a superb job selecting papers for this important anthology.”
Christopher Heath Wellman, Washington University in St. Louis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405129459
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 762
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh LaFollette is Marie E. and Leslie Cole Professor in Ethics at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He is editor-in-chief of The International Encyclopedia of Ethics (2013, Wiley-Blackwell), author of three books, including The Practice of Ethics (2007) and editor of six more, in ethics. Most of his published essays have been in ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law.

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Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors
General Introduction 1
Theorizing about Ethics 3
Reading Philosophy 12
Pt. I Life and Death
1 Rule-Utilitarianism and Euthanasia 22
2 Against the Right to Die 32
3 Justifying Physician-Assisted Deaths 40
4 Dying at the Right Time: Reflections on (Un)Assisted Suicide 48
5 A Defense of Abortion 63
6 On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion 72
7 An Argument that Abortion is Wrong 83
8 Virtue Theory and Abortion 94
9 All Animals Are Equal 107
10 The Moral Community 117
11 Moral Standing, the Value of Lives, and Speciesism 128
12 The Case for Animal Rights 140
Pt. II The Personal Life
13 What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents? 152
14 Emotional Exploitation 156
15 Morality, Parents, and Children 167
16 Artificial Means of Reproduction and Our Understanding of the Family 178
17 Is Women's Labor a Commodity? 187
18 "Goodbye, Dolly?": the Ethics of Human Cloning 199
19 What's Wrong with Rape? 212
20 Morality and Human Sexuality 220
21 Plain Sex 225
22 Why Homosexuality is Abnormal 233
23 Homosexuality and the Moral Relevance of Experience 241
24 Servility and Self-Respect 254
25 On Improving People by Political Means 261
26 Generosity 272
27 Humility 276
Pt. III Liberty and Equality
28 Freedom of Action 290
29 Against the Legalization of Drugs 295
30 The War on Drugs is Lost 300
31 Permissible Paternalism: Saving Smokers from Themselves 307
32 The Liberal Basis of the Right to Bear Arms 313
33 Gun Control 325
34 Freedom of Thought and Discussion 340
35 Sex, Lies, and Pornography 344
36 MacKinnon's Words 356
37 Sticks and Stones 364
38 Speech Codes and Expressive Harm 376
39 Racisms 389
40 Sexual Harassment 400
41 Date Rape 410
42 Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape 418
43 Affirmative Action 431
44 The Rights of Allan Bakke 441
45 Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging the Myth of "Preferential Treatment" 448
Pt. IV Justice
46 Punishment and Desert 466
47 Repentance and Criminal Punishment 475
48 Making Hard Time Even Harder 481
49 In Defense of the Death Penalty 493
50 Against the Death Penalty 503
51 A Theory of Justice 514
52 The Entitlement Theory of Justice 527
53 Displacing the Distributive Paradigm 540
54 Economic Competition: Should We Care About the Losers? 551
55 Free Movement: If People Were Money 563
56 Famine, Affluence, and Morality 572
57 Famine Relief and the Ideal Moral Code 582
58 Hunger, Capacity, and Development 591
59 Eradicating Systemic Poverty: Brief for a Global Resources Dividend 604
60 Feeding People versus Saving Nature 621
61 The Land Ethic 631
62 Challenges of Ecofeminism: from "Should" to "Can" 640
63 Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments 654
64 Hume and Nature 664
Index 674
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