Clashing Views on Controversial Moral Issues / Edition 7 available in Paperback
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This debate-style reader is designed to introduce students to current controversies in moral philosophy. The readings,which represent the arguments of leading philosophers and commentators,reflect a variety of viewpoints,and are presented in a pro/con format.
Table of ContentsPART 1. Fundamental Issues in Morality
ISSUE 1. Is Morality Relative to Culture?
YES: Melville J. Herskovits, from "Cultural Relativism and Cultural Values," in Frances Herskovits, ed., Cultural Relativism: Perspectives in Cultural Pluralism
NO: Louis P. Pojman, from Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong, 2d ed.
ISSUE 2. Does Morality Need Religion?
YES: C. Stephen Layman, from The Shape of the Good: Christian Reflections on the Foundations of Ethics
NO: John Arthur, from "Religion, Morality, and Conscience," in John Arthur, ed., Morality and Moral Controversies, 4th ed.
PART 2. Morality and Contemporary Social Thought
ISSUE 3. Does Feminism Provide a Positive Direction for Society?
YES: Ruth Sidel, from On Her Own: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American Dream
NO: Elizabeth Powers, from "A Farewell to Feminism," Commentary
ISSUE 4. Does Welfare Do More Harm Than Good?
YES: Charles Murray, from "What to Do About Welfare," Commentary