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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up
Issues tackled include the motivation, and reasons, for ethical behavior, the ethics of biomedical engineering, and the ethics of large corporations, from Enron to Wal-Mart. For the first topic, the viewpoints of a Protestant minister and a geneticist are presented, and a professor peppers his opinion with quotes from philosophers, including Confucius, Immanuel Kant, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Aristotle. Text boxes scattered throughout have passages from the writings of Ayn Rand, Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama, and others. As is typical of this series, each selection has a short introduction about the author and the piece and questions to keep in mind while reading it. This book will be of interest both for personal reading and research.
—Marilyn FairbanksCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737733204
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/14/2006
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 18.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11
Introduction 14
Chapter 1 What Motivates People to Behave Ethically?
Chapter Preface 18
1 Belief in God Motivates People to Behave Ethically 20
2 Biology Motivates People to Behave Ethically 29
3 Society Contributes to Ethical Behavior 39
4 People Behave Ethically Because They Reason 50
5 Schools Can Teach Children to Behave Ethically 66
Periodical Bibliography 77
Chapter 2 Why Should People Behave Ethically?
Chapter Preface 79
1 People Should Behave Ethically to Preserve the Environment 81
2 People Should Behave Morally to Do God's Will 93
3 People Should Behave Ethically for the Good of Future Generations 102
4 Government Employees Must Behave Ethically to Preserve Democracy 109
5 Adults Should Behave Morally to Be Good Role Models for Children 119
Periodical Bibliography 128
Chapter 3 Are Modern Biomedical Practices Ethical?
Chapter Preface 130
1 Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Ethical 132
2 Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Unethical 141
3 Euthanasia Is Unethical 146
4 Euthanasia Is Ethical 151
5 Cloning Is Immoral 158
6 Cloning Is Moral 169
Periodical Bibliography 174
Chapter 4 Are American Corporations Ethical?
Chapter Preface 176
1 Corporations Must Focus on Improving Business Ethics 178
2 Corporations Must Focus on Profits 185
3 Wal-Mart Benefits Americans 196
4 Wal-Mart Harms Americans 203
5 Television Networks Are Responsible for Offensive TV Shows 211
6 Consumers Are Responsible for Offensive TV Shows 216
7 The Liberal Media Distort the News 223
8 The Media Do Not Have a Liberal Bias 228
Periodical Bibliography 233
For Further Discussion 234
Organizations to Contact 237
Bibliography of Books 245
Index 250
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