Ethical Theory: A Concise Anthology (3rd Revised edition)

Ethical Theory: A Concise Anthology (3rd Revised edition)

By: Margaret R. Holmgren (editor), Heimir Geirsson (editor)Paperback

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This concise anthology collects important historical and contemporary readings on the central ethical theories, including Divine Command Theory, Consequentialism, Deontology, Virtue Ethics, and Feminist Ethics. Each section includes two or three of the most important contributions to the field, together with brief introductions from the editors. This new third edition offers expanded coverage of meta-ethics through the addition of thought-provoking readings from Susan Wolf, Gilbert Harman, and others. The number of selections from women authors has also increased.

About Author

Heimir Geirsson and Margaret R. Holmgren are professors of philosophy at Iowa State University.


Chapter One: Meta-Ethics Introduction 1. William H. Shaw, "Relativism and Objectivity in Ethics" 2. Gilbert Harman, "Ethics and Observation" 3. Joseph J. Fins, "Encountering Diversity: Medical Ethics and Pluralism" 4. Susan Wolf, "Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility" Chapter Two: Divine Command Theory Introduction 5. Plato, Euthyphro 6. The Bible, The Story of Abraham Chapter Three: Egoism Introduction 7. Plato, "The Myth of Gyges" 8. James Rachels, "Egoism and Moral Scepticism" Chapter Four: Consequentialism Introduction 9. John Stuart Mill, Selection from Utilitarianism 10. John Rawls, "Two Concepts of Rules" 11. Peter Singer, "Rich and Poor" 12. Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" Chapter Five: Deontology Introduction 13. Immanuel Kant, Selection from The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals 14. Onora O'Neill, "A Simplified Version of Kant's Ethics: Perplexities of Famine and World Hunger" 15. Judith Jarvis Thomson, "The Trolley Problem" 16. Thomas Nagel, "Moral Luck" Chapter Six: Moral Pluralism Introduction 17. W.D. Ross, "What Makes Right Acts Right?" 18. John Kekes, "Pluralism and the Value of Life" 19. Robert Hood, "Global Warming" 20. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, "How Strong is This Obligation?" Chapter Seven: Virtue Ethics Introduction 21. Aristotle, Selection from Nicomachean Ethics 22. Ogyen Trinley Dorje, "Consumerism and Greed" 23. Susan Wolf, "Moral Saints" Chapter Eight: Feminist Ethics Introduction 24. Hilde Lindemann, "Standard Moral Theories from a Feminist Perspective" 25. Nel Noddings, "Women and Caring" 26. Laurie Shrage, "Prostitution and the Case for Decriminalization"

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  • ISBN13: 9781554813988
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9781554813988
  • ISBN10: 1554813980
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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