Ethics in Practice – Fifth Edition Contents

[N]: New to fifth edition; [R]: Revised for Ethics in Practice; [W]: Written for Ethics in Practice


Preface for Instructors
General Introduction [W] [R]
Theorizing about Ethics [W] [R]
Reading Philosophy [W] [R]
Writing a Philosophy Paper [W] [R]
Basics of Argumentation [NW]

Part I Ethical Theory

Ethical Theory

1 Consequentialism [NR]
William H. Shaw

2 Deontology [W]
David McNaughton and Piers Rawling [RW]

3 Rights [NW] [R]
George W. Rainbolt

4 Virtue Theory [W]
Rosalind Hursthouse

5 Feminist Ethics? [NW]
Lorna Finlayson  

Part II Life, Death, and Moral Status


6 Justifying Physician-Assisted Deaths [W]
Tom L. Beauchamp

7 Against the Right to Die [R]
J.David Velleman

8 Dying at the Right Time: Reflections on (Un)Assisted Suicide [W] [RW]
John Hardwig

9 A Duty to Care Revisited [R]
Felicia Cohn and Joanne Lynn


10 A Defense of Abortion
Judith Jarvis Thomson

11 On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion [R]
Mary Anne Warren

12 An Argument that Abortion is Wrong [W]
Don Marquis

13 The Moral Permissibility of Abortion
Margaret Olivia Little

14 Virtue Theory and Abortion [R]
Rosalind Hursthouse


15 All Animals are Equal
Peter Singer

16 Moral Standing, the Value of Lives, and Speciesism
R. G. Frey

17 The Case for Animal Rights
Tom Regan

18 Zoos and Aquariums [NW]
Clare Palmer and Peter Sandoe

Biomedical Technologies

19 Is Women’s Labor a Commodity?
Elizabeth S. Anderson

20 “Goodbye Dolly?” The Ethics of Human Cloning
John Harris

21 The Wisdom of Repugnance: Why We Should Ban the Cloning of Humans
Leon R. Kass

22 Cognitive Enhancement [NW]
Jonathan Pugh


23 The Value of Nature [NW]
Ronald Sandler

24 A Place for Cost-Benefit Analysis [R]
David Schmidtz

25 Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments
Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

26 A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics, and the Problem of Moral Corruption [NR]
Stephen M. Gardiner

Part III Liberty and Equality

Paternalism and Risk

27 Freedom of Action
John Stuart Mill

28 Against the Legalization of Drugs
James Q. Wilson

29 Why We Should Decriminalize Drug Use [R]
Douglas Husak

30 The Liberal Basis of the Right to Bear Arms [R]
Todd C. Hughes and Lester H. Hunt

31 Gun Control
Hugh LaFollette

Free Speech

32 Freedom of Thought and Discussion
John Stuart Mill

33 “The Price We Pay?” Pornography and Harm [R]
Susan J. Brison

34 The Right to Get Turned On: Pornography, Autonomy, Equality
Andrew Altman

35 Sticks and Stones [W]
John Arthur

36 Speech Codes and Expressive Harm [W]
Andrew Altman

Discrimination, Racism, and Sexism

37 Racism [R]
Michele Moody-Adams

38 Servility and Self-Respect
Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

39 Implicit Bias [NW]
Michael Brownstein

40 Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging the Myth of “Preferential Treatment” [W]
Luke Charles Harris and Uma Narayan

41 Sexual Harassment [NR]
Jennifer Saul

42 Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape [R]
Larry May and Robert Strikwerda

43 Well-Meaning Discrimination against People with Disabilities [NW]
Adam Cureton

Religion, Conscience, and the State

44 Gay Rights and Religious Accommodation [NW]
Andrew Koppleman

45 Religious Objections to Mandating Medical Coverage for Contraception [NW]
Mark R.Wicclair

46 Religion, Medicine, and Children [NW]
Armand Antommaria

47 Conscientious Objection in Medicine [NR]
Mark R. Wicclair

My Conscience May Be My Guide, but You May not Have to Honor It [NR]
Hugh LaFollette

Part IV Justice


48 Punishment and Desert [W]
| James Rachels

49 Does Punishment Work? [W]
John Paul Wright, Francis T. Cullen, and Kevin M. Beaver

50 In Defense of the Death Penalty
Louis P. Pojman

51 Against the Death Penalty
Jeffrey Reiman

52 Just Deserts in an Unjust Society [NR]
Suart P. Green

53 To Protect and Serve — Policing of Minorities [NR]
John Kleinig

   Economic Justice	 

54 A Theory of Justice
John Rawls

55 The Entitlement Theory of Justice
Robert Nozick

56 Benefitting from Injustice [NW]
Daniel Butt (Oxford University)

57 Bleeding Heart Libertarianism [NW]
Andrew Jason Cohen

Global Justice

58 Against Immigration [NW]
Christopher Heath Wellman

59 Almost Open Borders [NW]
Chris Bertram

60 Famine, Affluence, and Morality
Peter Singer

61 Famine Relief and the Ideal Moral Code [W]
John Arthur

62 Eradicating Systemic Poverty: Brief for a Global Resources Dividend [R]
Thomas W. Pogge

War, Terrorism, and Torture

63 Just War [NW]
Jonathan Parry

64 Pacifism: Reclaiming the Moral Presumption [W]
William J. Hawk

65 The Justifiability of Humanitarian Intervention [R]
Charles R. Beitz

66 Terrorism and Torture [N]
Fritz Alhoff

67 Unthinking the Ticking Time Bomb [NR]
David Luban

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