Morality and Public Policy / Edition 1

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Overview

This anthology explores a variety of positions on recent, controversial, social problems—all of which involve government policy. The wide-range of contemporary issues includes allowing/encouraging immigration, use of school vouchers, government control over drugs and guns, same-sex marriages, government support of the arts, affirmative action, the death penalty, and the legitimacy of legally restricting the sale of pornography. For anyone seeking to clarify their understanding and thinking about rights and wrongs in public affairs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130418418
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.89 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at the City University of New York's Graduate School and is the author of more than 20 volumes in philosophy.

Tziporah Kasachkoff is professor of philosophy at the City University of New York's Borough of Manhattan Community College and the Graduate School. She is the editor of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy and is the author of numerous articles.

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Read an Excerpt

Since the 1970s philosophers have devoted much attention to exploring the practical issues of personal morality such as abortion, euthanasia, and famine relief. Numerous collections of writings on such topics are easily available.

Over the same period much less attention has been paid to examining the ethical problems of public policy such as school vouchers, gun control, immigration, drug legalization, and same-sex marriage. The important work that has been done is for the most part uncollected and relatively inaccessible.

This book brings together challenging essays that address moral issues inherent in the policies of government. We hope thereby to encourage more philosophers to write about these matters and include them for discussion in courses devoted to applied ethics.

Throughout history philosophers have helped bring clarity and rigor to thinking about rights and wrongs in public affairs. We prize that tradition and seek to extend and enrich it.

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Table of Contents

I. SCHOOL VOUCHERS.

1. Justice and the Case for School Vouchers, Joseph S. Spoerl.

2. Parental Choice, Amy Guttman.

3. Rethinking School Choice, Jeffrey R. Henig.

II. GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR THE ARTS.

4. Can a Liberal State Support Art?, Ronald Dworkin.

5. Public Benefits of the Arts and Humanities, Thomas Nagel.

6. Can Government Funding of the Arts Be Justified Theoretically?, Noël Carroll.

III. PORNOGRAPHY AND THE LAW.

7. Pornography, Oppression, and Freedom: A Closer Look, Helen E. Longino.

8. The Feminist Case against Pornography, Joel Feinberg.

IV. SAME -SEX MARRIAGE.

9. Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Defense, Ralph Wedgwood.

10. Is It Wrong to Discriminate on the Basis of Homosexuality?, Jeffrey Jordan.

V. DRUG LEGISLATION.

11. Liberal Neutrality and Drug Prohibitions, Douglas Husak.

12. Liberalism and Rights of Drug Use, Samuel Freeman.

VI. GUN CONTROL.

13. The Liberal Basis of the Right to Bear Arms, Todd C. Hughes and Lester H. Hunt.

14. Gun Control, Hugh LaFollette.

VII. THE DEATH PENALTY.

15. In Defense of the Death Penalty, Ernest van den Haag.

16. Capital Punishment, Hugo Adam Bedau.

VIII. IMMIGRATION.

17. The Distribution of Membership, Michael Walzer.

18. Migration and Morality: A Liberal Egalitarian Perspective, Joseph H. Carens.

IX. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.

19. Two Concepts of Affirmative Action, Steven M. Cahn.

20 The Message of Affirmative Action, Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

21. Reverse Discrimination, Sidney Hook.

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Preface

Since the 1970s philosophers have devoted much attention to exploring the practical issues of personal morality such as abortion, euthanasia, and famine relief. Numerous collections of writings on such topics are easily available.

Over the same period much less attention has been paid to examining the ethical problems of public policy such as school vouchers, gun control, immigration, drug legalization, and same-sex marriage. The important work that has been done is for the most part uncollected and relatively inaccessible.

This book brings together challenging essays that address moral issues inherent in the policies of government. We hope thereby to encourage more philosophers to write about these matters and include them for discussion in courses devoted to applied ethics.

Throughout history philosophers have helped bring clarity and rigor to thinking about rights and wrongs in public affairs. We prize that tradition and seek to extend and enrich it.

Read More Show Less

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