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This excellent anthology series presents both pro and con opinions on a variety of current issues. For example, Problems of Death examines whether suicide is immoral, whether society should condone physician-assisted suicide, whether abortion is ethical, and whether capital punishment is just, with between 4-6 brief article excerpts on each topic offering contrasting views. For instance, the executive director of the Hemlock Society urges the legalization of physician-assisted suicide; the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention weighs in against it. Other authors are newspaper reporters and professors. The introduction to the book sets out the issues, and chapter prefaces provide an overview of the opinions expressed in the essays. Each article is introduced with a brief summary and information about its author, along with questions to consider. Editorial cartoons provide other perspectives, and there are boxed quotes here and there. Periodical bibliographies at the end of each chapter are intended to supplement the views presented. Questions for discussion are offered at the end of the book, along with an annotated list of organizations to contact. The other books in the series have similar formats, exposing students to different sides of the various debates and promoting discussion and critical reading skills. Titles to come in 2001 include Endangered Species, Feminism, Gangs, Genetic Engineering, Islam, Police Brutality, Political Scandal, Race Relations, Russia, Teenage Sexuality, and Terminal Illness. (Opposing Viewpoints). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Greenhaven Press, 190 p, 99-059374, bibliog,indexes, 23 cm, $14.86. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737703498
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 189
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 9
Introduction 13
Chapter 1 Is Suicide Immoral?
Chapter Preface 17
1. Suicide Should Be an Individual Choice 18
2. Suicide Should Not Be a Matter of Individual Choice 26
3. Suicide Does Not Always Harm Society 32
4. Suicide Harms Society 43
Periodical Bibliography 51
Chapter 2 Should Society Condone Physician-Assisted Suicide?
Chapter Preface 53
1. Individuals Have a Right to Die 55
2. Individuals Do Not Have a Right to Die 59
3. Physicians Should Grant Requests for Assistance in Suicide 63
4. Physicians Should Not Grant Requests for Assistance in Suicide 73
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Be Legalized 81
6. Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Not Be Legalized 88
Periodical Bibliography 96
Chapter 3 Is Abortion Ethical?
Chapter Preface 98
1. Abortion Is Ethical 99
2. Abortion Is Unethical 105
3. Aborting a Handicapped Fetus Is Ethical 113
4. Aborting a Handicapped Fetus Is Unethical 119
5. The Right to Abortion Is Central to Women's Freedom 128
6. The Right to Abortion Does Not Improve Women's Freedom 132
Periodical Bibliography 137
Chapter 4 Is Capital Punishment Just?
Chapter Preface 139
1. Capital Punishment Is Just 140
2. Capital Punishment Is Unjust 146
3. Capital Punishment Is Vengeful 151
4. Capital Punishment Is Not Vengeful 155
5. Innocent People Could Be Executed 159
6. Innocent People Have Not Been Executed 166
Periodical Bibliography 172
For Further Discussion 174
Organizations to Contact 176
Bibliography of Books 181
Index 184
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