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Perfect for introductory ethics courses, this popular anthology encourages a critical examination of contemporary moral problems by presenting differing viewpoints on issues like the death penalty; euthanasia; hate speech and censorship; world hunger and global justice; and the environment. The readings, of which over 40% are new to this Sixth Edition, include relevant legal opinions, as well as selections from the work of some of the most respected contemporary writers and thinkers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072401912
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 552

Meet the Author

Thomas A. Mappes holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University. He is professor of philosophy at Frostburg State University, where he has taught since 1973. He is the coeditor (with Jane S. Zembaty) of Social Ethics: Morality and Social Policy (McGraw-Hill, 4/e, 1992) and his published work appears in journals such as American Philosophical Quarterly and Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. In 1985, the Frostburg State University Foundation presented him with the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching.

Jane S. Zembaty, professor of philosophy at the university of Dayton, specializes in classical Greek philosophy and social ethics. She coedited the first three editions of Biomedical Ethics, and her published work includes articles on Greek philosophy, such as "Plato's Republic and Greek Morality on Lying" and "Aristotle on Lying."

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Table of Contents

* Indicates a new reading

1 Abortion


Pope John Paul II, The Unspeakable Crime of Abortion*

Mary Anne Warren, On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion

Don Marquis, Why Abortion is Immoral

Judith Jarvis Thomson, A Defense of Abortion*

Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Majority Opinion in Roe v. Wade

Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony M. Kennedy, and David H. Souter, Opinion in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, Governor of Pennsylvania

Susan Sherwin, Abortion: A Feminist Perspective

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 1

2 Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide


James Rachels, Active and Passive Euthanasia

Daniel Callahan, Killing and Allowing to Die

Dan W. Brock, Voluntary Active Euthanasia

Stephen G. Potts, Objections to the Institutionalization of Euthanasia

David T. Watts and Timothy Howell, Assisted Suicide Is Not Voluntary Active Euthanasia

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Opinion of the Court in Washington v. Glucksberg*

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Concurring Opinion in Washington v. Glucksberg and Vacco v. Quill*

Franklin G. Miller and Diane E. Meir, Voluntary Death: A Comparison of Terminal Dehydration and Physician-Assisted Suicide*

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 2

3 The Death Penalty


Justices Potter Stewart, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and John Paul Stevens. Opinion in Gregg v. Georgia

Justice Thurgood Marshall, Dissenting Opinion in Gregg v. Georgia*

IgorPrimoratz, A Life for a Life

Stephen Nathanson, An Eye for an Eye?

Louis P. Pojman, Deterrence and the DeathPenalty*

Jeffrey Reiman, Common Sense, the Deterrent Effect of the Death Penalty, and the Best Bet Argument*

Erik Eckholm, Studies Find Death Penalty Tied to Race of the Victims*

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 3

4 Sexual Morality


Vincent C. Punzo, Morality and Human Sexuality

Thomas A. Mappes, Sexual Morality and the Concept of Using Another Person

Robin West, The Harms of Consensual Sex

John Corvino, Why Shouldn’t Tommy and Jim Have Sex? A Defense of Homosexuality*

Justice Byron R. White, Majority Opinion in Bowers v. Hardwick

Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Dissenting Opinion in Bowers v. Hardwick*

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 4

5 Pornography, Hate Speech, and Censorship


John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

The Attorney's General's Commission on Pornography, The Question of Harm

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

Mark R. Wicclair, Feminism, Pornography, and Censorship

Justice John Paul Stevens, Majority Opinion in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union*

Illinois Supreme Court, Opinion in Village of Skokie v. National Socialist Party of America

Charles R. Lawrence III, Racist Speech as the Functional Equivalent of Fighting Words

Andrew Altman, Liberalism and Campus Hate Speech: A Philosophical Examination

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 5

6 Drug Control and Addiction


Justice Jacob J. Spiegel, Opinion in Commonwealth v. Joseph D. Leis*

Thomas S. Szasz, The Ethics of Addiction*

Robert E. Goodin, The Ethics of Smoking*

Ethan A. Nadelman, The Case for Legalization*

James Q. Wilson, Against the Legalization of Drugs*

Daniel Shapiro, Addiction and Drug Policy*

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 6

7 Social and Economic Justice


John Hospers, What Libertarianism Is

Kai Nielsen, A Moral Case for Socialism

Iris M. Young, Five Faces of Oppression

Howard McGary, The African-American Underclass and the Question of Values*

Lawrence M. Mead, Paternalism and Welfare*

Gwendolyn Mink, The End of Welfare*

Michael B. Levy, Liberal Equality and Inherited Wealth*

Jeremy Waldron, Homelessness and the Issue of Freedom*

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 7

8 World Hunger and Poverty


The Presidential Commission on World Hunger, Why Should the United States Be Concerned

Peter Singer, Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Garrett Hardin, Living on a Lifeboat

Kai Nielsen, Some Facts About Famine*

Amartya Sen, Property and Hunger*

Jodi L. Jacobson, Closing the Gender Gap in Development*

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 8

9 Animals


Peter Singer, All Animals Are Equal

Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights

R.G. Frey, Moral Vegetarianism and the Argument from Pain and Suffering

Carl Cohen, The Case for the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research

Mary Anne Warren, Human and Animal Rights Compared

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 9

10 The Environment


William F. Baxter, People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution

Jay Narveson, For Free Market Environmentalism*

Tony Smith, Against Free Market Environmentalism*

Peter S. Wenz, Just Garbage*

Aldo Leopold, The Land Ethic*

Bernard E. Rollin, Environmental Ethics

Bill Devall and George Sessions, Deep Ecology

Ramachandra Guha, Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 10

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