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With an assortment of readings and perspectives from some of the most respected thinkers of our time, Social Ethics: Morality and Social Policy provides a balanced, engaging introduction to today’s most pressing social and moral problems. This highly popular anthology illuminates the issues at the heart of each contemporary problem and encourages critical, fair-minded examination of varying viewpoints—all presented in the words of those who embrace them. Helpful editorial features include substantial chapter introductions, a summary preceding each selection, discussion questions, and bibliographies for further reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073125459
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/20/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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."

David is a Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University. His

publications include Taking Animals Seriously (Cambridge University Press, 1996)

and Human Identity and Bioethics (Cambridge University Press, 2005). His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the

Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Institutes

of Health.

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Table of Contents





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

Margaret Olivia Little, The Morality of Abortion

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

George J. Annas, “Partial-Birth Abortion” and the Supreme Court

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 1



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 Institutionalisation 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. Meier, Voluntary Death: A Comparison Of Terminal Dehydration and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 2



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

Igor Primoratz, A Life for a Life

Stephen Nathanson, An Eye for an Eye?

Louis P. Pojman, Deterrence and the Death Penalty

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

David Dolinko, Procedural Arguments Against the Death Penalty

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 3




Vincent C. Punzo, Morality and Human Sexuality

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

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

Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, Majority Opinion in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health

Justice Martha B. Sosman, Dissenting Opinion in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health

Maggie Gallagher, What Marriage Is For: Children Need Mothers and Fathers

Jonathan Rauch, For Better or Worse? The Case for Gay (and Straight) Marriage

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 4



John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

The Attorney 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 CensorshipIllinois 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

Judge Peter Stone, Opinion in Corry v. Stanford University

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 5



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

Thomas S. Szasz, The Ethics of Addiction

Robert E. Goodin, Permissible Paternalism: Saving Smokers from Themselves

Ethan A. Nadelmann, The Case for Legalization

James Q. Wilson, Against the Legalization of Drugs

Daniel Shapiro, Addiction and Drug Policy

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 6



Stephen Nathanson, Can Terrorism Be Morally Justified?

Alison M. Jaggar, What Is Terrorism, Why Is It Wrong, and Could It Ever Be Morally Permissible?

David Luban, The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights

Justice Hugo Lafayette Black, Majority Opinion in Korematsu v. United States

Justice Frank Murphy, Dissenting Opinion in Korematsu v. United States

Jeremy Waldron, Security and Liberty: The Image of Balance

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 7




John Hospers, What Libertarianism Is

Kai Nielsen, A Moral Case for Socialism

Iris M. Young, Five Faces of Oppression

Nancy Fraser, After the Family Wage: A Postindustrial Thought Experiment

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

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 8



Peter Singer, Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Garrett Hardin, Living on a Lifeboat

Amartya Sen, Property and Hunger

Thomas Pogge, Two Reflections on The First United Nations Millennium Development Goal

Max Borders, Western Ethical Imperialism?

United Trauma Relief, A Consensus Statement on Sweatshop Abuse

Matt Zwolinski, Sweatshops

Suggested Additional Readings for Chapter 9




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 10



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

Jan 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 11

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