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The Practice of Ethics

ISBN: 978-0-631-21945-3
320 pages
November 2006, ©2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Practice of Ethics is an outstanding guide to the burgeoning field of applied ethics, and offers a coherent narrative that is both theoretically and pragmatically grounded for framing practical issues.

  • Discusses a broad range of contemporary issues such as racism, euthanasia, animal rights, and gun control.
  • Argues that ethics must be put into practice in order to be effective.
  • Draws upon relevant insights from history, psychology, sociology, law and biology, as well as philosophy.
  • An excellent companion to LaFollette's authoritative anthology, Ethics in Practice: An Anthology, Third Edition (Blackwell, 2006).
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Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Part I: Learning to Theorize:.

1. The Ethical Impulse.

2. A Tale of Two Theories.

3. Using and Sharpening the Theoretical Tools.

4. Relativism.

Part II: The Moral Status of Groups:.

5. Racism.

6. Affirmative Action.

Part III: Life and Death:.

7. Religion and Morality.

8. Death, Dying, and Physician-assisted Suicide.

9. Slippery Slope Arguments.

Part IV: Autonomy, Responsibility, and Risk:.

10. Autonomy, Children, and Paternalism.

11. Punishment.

12. Gun Control.

Part V: Living Morally:.

13. Everyday Morality.

14. Character, Virtue Ethics, and Pragmatism.

15. Animals.

Part VI: The Demands of Morality:.

16. World Hunger.

17. Is Morality Demanding?.

18. Egoism: Psychological and Moral.

Part VII: Thinking Ahead:.

19. Moral Speculations.

Index

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Hugh LaFollette is Marie and Leslie E. Cole Chair in Ethics, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. He is author of Personal Relationships: Love, Identity, and Morality (Blackwell, 1995), co-author of Brute Science: The Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation (1996), and editor of several other volumes, including The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory (Blackwell, 1999) and Ethics in Practice: An Anthology (third edition, Blackwell, 2007).
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  • A theoretical yet pragmatic introduction to the burgeoning field of applied ethics.
  • Discusses a broad range of contemporary issues such as racism, euthanasia, animal rights, and gun control.
  • Includes an unprecedented integration of ethical theory with applied topics.
  • Draws upon relevant insights from history, psychology, sociology, law and biology, as well as philosophy.
  • An excellent companion to LaFollette's authoritative anthology, Ethics in Practice: An Anthology, Third Edition (Blackwell, 2006).
See More
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