Moral Soundings takes a fresh new approach to introducing students and general readers to contemporary ethics. Rather than surveying the standard fare in a typical anthology format, Furrow collects diversified essays around a structured theme: does Western culture face a moral crisis of values? Prominent voices in the humanities and social sciences provide a range of perspectives on a concentrated set of ethical questions dealing with such topics as family values, the morality of capitalism, the benefits and ...
Moral Soundings takes a fresh new approach to introducing students and general readers to contemporary ethics. Rather than surveying the standard fare in a typical anthology format, Furrow collects diversified essays around a structured theme: does Western culture face a moral crisis of values? Prominent voices in the humanities and social sciences provide a range of perspectives on a concentrated set of ethical questions dealing with such topics as family values, the morality of capitalism, the benefits and dangers of new technologies, global conflict, and the role of religion. Unlike point/counterpoint books that often oversimplify the complexity of ethical questions, the readings in Moral Soundings provoke critical engagement and help students to recognize and emulate the logical development of arguments-all in engaging and easily accessible language. Readings are supplemented with helpful chapter introductions, study questions, and strategically placed editorial commentary to encourage further discussion and reflection. These features make Moral Soundings an ideal primary or supplementary text for undergraduate courses in ethics, contemporary moral issues, and social and political philosophy.
While the readings in Moral Soundings raise specific issues about capitalism, family life, biotechnology, religion, and global conflict, the editor's introductions and 'interventions' relate the readings to different conceptions of autonomy and different evaluations of those conceptions. This unity-in-diversity format should work very well in the classroom.
Framed to probe the issue of what lies beneath the troubled waters of Western life, Dwight Furrow’s Moral Soundings bridges the gap between academic philosophy and the world of public intellectuals. Badly needed; it is a gift.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Introduction
Part 3 I Morals and Money
Chapter 4 The Spirit of Capitalism 2000
Chapter 5 Interventions: Autonomy, Humility, and Self Direction
Chapter 6 Markets and the Social Structure of Morality
Chapter 7 Interventions: Autonomy as Self-Sufficiency
Chapter 8 Two Cheers for Capitalism
Chapter 9 Interventions: Does Capitalism Subvert or Support Autonomy?
Part 10 II The Promise of Equality
Chapter 11 Nihilism in Black America
Chapter 12 Life, Liberty, Property
Chapter 13 Still the Land of Opportunity?
Chapter 14 Interventions: Are We Equal in Our Capacity to Make our Own Decisions?
Chapter 15 The Moral Demands of Global Justice
Chapter 16 Interventions: Is Personal Autonomy Compatible with Justice for All?
Part 17 III Where Love Meets Obligation: The Family in Turmoil
Chapter 18 Philosophical Reflections on the Family at Millennium's Beginning
Chapter 19 Why Marriage?
Chapter 20 Reconcilable Differences: What It Would Take for Marriage and Feminism to Say "I Do."
Chapter 21 Interventions: Negotiating Dependence and Independence
Part 22 IV Coping With Hi-Tech Cowboys
Chapter 23 The Age of Genetic Technology Arrives
Chapter 24 What's at the Bottom of the Slippery Slope: A Post-Human Future?
Chapter 25 Interventions: Can We Control Technology?
Part 26 V In God We Trust—or Do We?
Chapter 27 Can We Be Good Without Hell?
Chapter 28 Everything I Like About Religion I Learned From an Athiest
Chapter 29 Interventions: Is Obedience to God Compatible With Making My Own Decisions?
Part 30 VI Global Conflict
Chapter 31 The Future of "History": Francis Fukuyama vs. Samuel P. Huntington
Chapter 32 The Clash of Ignorance
Chapter 33 Interventions: Hybrid Identities and Autonomy
Part 34 VII It's All Good: Life Among the Relativists
Chapter 35 Are We Living in a Moral Stone Age?
Chapter 36 Of Cave Dwellers and Spirits: The Trouble with Moral Absolutes
Chapter 37 Interventions: Autonomy and Objectivity
Part 38 VIII Renewals
Chapter 39 Ecological Humanism: A Moral Image for Our Emotive Culture
Chapter 40 American National Pride
Chapter 41 Society in the Postmodern Era
Chapter 42 Interventions: How to Reconcile Moral Freedom and Moral Responsiveness