Ethics in Practice
3rd edition
Blackwell (2007)


"This third edition of Ethics in Practice introduces new areas of controversy in applied and practical ethics, while most assuredly remaining the single best text one can go to for extensive coverage by some of the area's major figures. Alongside coverage of familiar ethical issues such as abortion, free speech, and affirmative action, this revised and expanded edition includes entirely new sections on ethical theory, and war and terrorism, with engaging and accessible intros from the editor. The structure of the book facilitates use by a wide variety of courses and is friendly to the styles of individual instructors.

"In the end, an anthology of applied ethics must be judged on the philosophical significance of its essays, and whether or not its essays are representative of the excellent material that can now be found in the field. The third edition succeeds on both counts. A great many of the people who currently influence the different issues are featured herein, and with pieces of distinctive philosophical merit. These essays collectively give an excellent perspective on the quality of work that can be found today - admittedly, one often has to look hard - in applied or practical ethics. I strongly recommend this book."

R. G. Frey, Bowling Green State University


Web Resources for use with this book.


N: New to 3rd edition

R: Revised for Ethics in Practice

W: Written for Ethics in Practice


Preface to the instructor




General Introduction


Theorizing about Ethics


Reading Philosophy      




Part I.  Ethical Theory



“Consequentialism” Peter Vallentyne [NW]



“Deontology” David McNaughton and Piers Rawling [NW]



“Virtue Theory” Rosalind Hurshouse [NW]





Part II. Life and Death





" Rule Utilitarianism and Euthanasia” Brad Hooker [W]



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



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



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



“A Duty to Care” Felicia Cohn and Joanne Lynn [RN]








"A Defense of Abortion” Judith Jarvis Thomson



"On The Moral and Legal Status of Abortion" Mary Ann Warren [R]



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



“The Moral Permissibility of Abortion” Margaret Olivia Little [N]



“Virtue Theory and Abortion” Rosalind Hursthouse [R]








"All Animals Are Equal" Peter Singer      



"The Moral Community” Michael Allen Fox          



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



"The Case for Animal Rights” Tom Regan







Part III.  The Personal Life


Family and Reproductive Technology



"What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?"  Jane English



"Morality, Parents and Children" James Rachels



“Artificial Means of Reproduction and our Understanding of the Family” Ruth Macklin



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



“Goodbye, Dolly: the Ethics of Human Cloning” John Harris



“The Wisdom of Repugnance: Why We Should Ban the Cloning of Humans” Leon R. Kass [N]








“Morality and Human Sexuality” Vincent C. Punzo



“Plain Sex” Alan H. Goldman



"Why Homosexuality is Abnormal" Michael Levin [R]



“Homosexuality and the Moral Relevance of Experience” John Corvino [W]





Part IV. Liberty and Equality


Paternalism and Risk



“Individuality” John Stuart Mill



“On Improving People by Political Means" Lester H. Hunt



"Against the Legalization of Drugs" James Q. Wilson



“Why We Should Decriminalize Drug Use” Doug Husak [N]



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



“Gun Control” Hugh LaFollette





Free Speech



“Freedom of Thought and Discussion” John Stuart Mill



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



“The Right to Get Turned On: Pornography, Autonomy, Equality” Andrew Altman [N]



"Sticks and Stones” John Arthur [W]



“Speech Codes and Expressive Harm” Andrew Altman [W]





Sexual and Racial Discrimination



“Racism” Michele Moody-Adams [N]



“Servility and Self-Respect” Thomas E. Hill, Jr.



"Sexual Harassment" Anita M. Superson



"Date Rape" Lois Pineau



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





Affirmative Action



“Against Affirmative Action” Louis Pojman [NR]



"The Rights of Allan Bakke" Ronald Dworkin



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





Part V Justice





“Punishment  and Desert” James Rachels [W]



“Out of Character: On the Psychology of Excuses in the Criminal Law” John Doris [NW]



“Does Punishment Work?” John Paul Wright, Francis T. Cullen, and Kevin M. Beaver  [NW]



“In Defense of the Death Penalty” Louis Pojman



“Against the Death Penalty” Jeffrey Reiman





Economic Justice



“A Theory of Justice” John Rawls



"The Entitlement Theory of Justice" Robert Nozick



"Displacing the Distributive Paradigm” Iris Marion Young



“Economic Competition: Should We Care about the Losers?” Jonathan Wolff [W]





World Hunger



"Famine, Affluence, and Morality” Peter Singer



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



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



"Feeding People versus Saving Nature” Holmes Rolston III [R]








“The Land Ethic” Aldo Leopold



“A Place for Cost Benefit Analysis” David Schmidtz [NR]



“Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments” Thomas E. Hill Jr.



“Hume and Nature,” Alan Carter [W]





War and Terrorism



“Just War Doctrine and the Military Response to Terrorism,” Joseph Boyle [NR]



“Nipping Evil in the Bud: The Questionable Ethics of Preventive Force”  Douglas P. Lackey  [NW]



“Humanitarian Intervention” Charles R. Beitz [NR]



"Pacifism: Reclaiming the Moral Presumption," William J. Hawk [NW]