This topically organized, interdisciplinary anthology provides competing perspective on the claim that western culture faces a moral crisis. Using clearly written, accessible essays by well-known authors in philosophy, the social sciences, and the humanities, the book introduces students to a variety of perspectives on the current cultural debate about values that percolates beneath the surface of most of our social and political controversies.
Dwight Furrow is assistant professor of philosophy at San Diego Mesa College.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 I Morals and Money Chapter 4 The Spirit of Capitalism 2000 Chapter 5 Interventions: Autonomy, Humility, and Self Direction Chapter 6 Markets and the Social Structure of Morality Chapter 7 Interventions: Autonomy as Self-Sufficiency Chapter 8 Two Cheers for Capitalism Chapter 9 Interventions: Does Capitalism Subvert or Support Autonomy? Part 10 II The Promise of Equality Chapter 11 Nihilism in Black America Chapter 12 Life, Liberty, Property Chapter 13 Still the Land of Opportunity? Chapter 14 Interventions: Are We Equal in Our Capacity to Make our Own Decisions? Chapter 15 The Moral Demands of Global Justice Chapter 16 Interventions: Is Personal Autonomy Compatible with Justice for All? Part 17 III Where Love Meets Obligation: The Family in Turmoil Chapter 18 Philosophical Reflections on the Family at Millennium's Beginning Chapter 19 Why Marriage? Chapter 20 Reconcilable Differences: What It Would Take for Marriage and Feminism to Say "I Do." Chapter 21 Interventions: Negotiating Dependence and Independence Part 22 IV Coping With Hi-Tech Cowboys Chapter 23 The Age of Genetic Technology Arrives Chapter 24 What's at the Bottom of the Slippery Slope: A Post-Human Future? Chapter 25 Interventions: Can We Control Technology? Part 26 V In God We Trust-or Do We? Chapter 27 Can We Be Good Without Hell? Chapter 28 Everything I Like About Religion I Learned From an Athiest Chapter 29 Interventions: Is Obedience to God Compatible With Making My Own Decisions? Part 30 VI Global Conflict Chapter 31 The Future of "History": Francis Fukuyama vs. Samuel P. Huntington Chapter 32 The Clash of Ignorance Chapter 33 Interventions: Hybrid Identities and Autonomy Part 34 VII It's All Good: Life Among the Relativists Chapter 35 Are We Living in a Moral Stone Age? Chapter 36 Of Cave Dwellers and Spirits: The Trouble with Moral Absolutes Chapter 37 Interventions: Autonomy and Objectivity Part 38 VIII Renewals Chapter 39 Ecological Humanism: A Moral Image for Our Emotive Culture Chapter 40 American National Pride Chapter 41 Society in the Postmodern Era Chapter 42 Interventions: How to Reconcile Moral Freedom and Moral Responsiveness