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 and Leslie E. Cole Chair in Ethics, University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He is author of Personal Relationships: Love, Identity, and Morality (1995), co-author of Brute Science: The Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation (1996), author of The Practice of Ethics (Blackwell 2007) and co-editor of six other volumes, including The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory (1999).

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Table of Contents

(N)= New to third edition; (R) = Revised for Ethics in Practice; (W)= Written for Ethics in Practice..

Preface to the instructor.


General Introduction.

Theorizing about Ethics.

Reading Philosophy.

Ethical Theory.

1. Consequentialism (NW) (Peter Vallentyne).

2. Deontology (NW) (David McNaughton and Piers Rawling).

3. Virtue Theory (NW) (Rosalind Hurshouse).

Part I Life and Death.


4. Rule Utilitarianism and Euthanasia (W) (Brad Hooker).

5. Justifying Physician-Assisted Deaths (W) (Tom L. Beauchamp).

6. Against the Right to Die (R) (David Velleman).

7. Dying at the Right Time: Reflection on (Un)Assisted Suicide (W) (John Hardwig).

8. A Duty to Care (RN) (Felicia Cohen and Joanne Lynn).


9. A Defense of Abortion (Judith Jarvis Thomson).

10. On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion (R) (Mary Ann Warren).

11. An Argument that Abortion is Wrong (W) (Don Marquis).

12. The Moral Permissibility of Abortion (N) (Margaret Olivia Little).

13. Virtue Theory and Abortion (R) (Rosalind Hursthouse).


14. All Animals are Equal (Peter Singer).

15. The Moral Community (Michael Allen Fox).

16. Moral Standing, the Value of Lives, and Specieism (R.G. Frey).

17. The Case for Animal Rights (Tom Regan).

Part II The Personal Life.

Family and Reproductive Technology.

18. What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents? (Jane English).

19. Morality, Parents and Children (James Rachels).

20. Artificial Means of Reproduction and our Understanding of the Family (Ruth Macklin).

21. Is Women’s Labor a Commodity? (Elizabeth S. Anderson).

22. Goodbye, Dolly: the Ethics of Human Cloning (John Harris).

23. The Wisdom of Repugnance: Why We Should Ban the Cloning of Humans (N) (Leon R. Kass).


24. Morality and Human Sexuality (Vincent C. Punzo).

25. Plain Sex (Alan H. Goldman).

26. Why Homosexuality is Abnormal (R) (Michael Levin).

27. Homosexuality and the Moral Relevance of Experience (John Corvino).

Part III Liberty and Equality.

Paternalism and Risk.

28. Individuality (John Stuart Mill).

29. On Improving People by Political Means (Lester H. Hunt).

30. Against the Legalization of Drugs (James Q. Wilson).

31. Why We Should Decriminalize Drug Use (Doug Husak).

32. The Liberal Basis of the Right to Bear Arms (R) (Todd C. Hughes and Lester H. Hunt).

33. Gun control (Hugh LaFollette).

Free Speech.

34. Freedom of Thought and Discussion (John Stuart Mill).

35. The Price We Pay?(NR) (Susan J. Brison).

36. The Right to Get Turned On: Pornography, Autonomy, Equality (N) (Andrew Altman).

37. Sticks and Stones (W) (John Arthur).

38. Speech Codes and Expressive Harm (W) (Andrew Altman).

Sexual and Racial Discrimination.

39. Racism (N) (Michele Moody-Adams).

40. Servility and Self-Respect (Thomas E. Hill, Jr.).

41. Sexual Harassment (Anita M. Superson).

42. Date Rape (Lois Pineau).

43. Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape (R) (Larry May and Robert Strikwerda).

Affirmative Action.

44. Against Affirmative Action (NR) (Louis Pojman).

45. The Rights of Allan Bakke (Ronald Dworkin).

46. Affirmative Action As Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging the Myth of Preferential Treatment (W) (Luke Charles Harris and Uma Narayan).

Part IV Justice.


47. Punishment and Desert (W) (James Rachels).

48. Out of Character: On the Psychology of Excuses in the Criminal Law (NW) (John Doris).

49. Does Punishment Work? (John Paul Wright, Francis T. Cullen, and Kevin M. Beaver).

50. In Defense of the Death Penalty (Louis Pojman).

51. Against the Death Penalty (Jeffrey Reiman).

Economic Justice.

52. A Theory of Justice (John Rawls).

53. The Entitlement Theory of Justice (Robert Nozick).

54. Displacing the Distributive Paradigm (Iris Marion Young).

55. Economic Competition: Should We Care about the Losers? (W) (Jonathan Wolff).

World Hunger.

56. Famine, Affluence, and Morality (Peter Singer).

57. Famine Relief and the Ideal Moral Code (W) (John Arthur).

58. Eradicating Systemic Poverty: Brief for a Global Resources Dividend (R) (Thomas W. Pogge).

59. Feeding People versus Saving Nature (R) (Holmes Rolston III).


60. The Land Ethic (Aldo Leopold).

61. A Place for Cost Benefit Analysis (NR) (David Schmidtz).

62. Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments (Thomas E. Hill, Jr.).

63. Hume and Nature(W) (Alan Carter).

War and Terrorism.

64. Just War Doctrine and the Military Response to Terrorism (NR) (Joseph Boyle).

65. Nipping Evil in the Bud: The Questionable Ethics of Preventive Force (NW) (Douglas P. Lackey).

66. Humanitarian Intervention (NR) (Charles R. Beitz).

67. Pacifism: Reclaiming the Moral Presumption (NW) (William J. Hawk)

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