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Right and Wrong: A Practical Introduction to Ethics, 2nd Edition

Right and Wrong: A Practical Introduction to Ethics, 2nd Edition

Thomas I. White

ISBN: 978-1-119-09932-1 January 2017 Wiley-Blackwell 184 Pages




The newly updated Right and Wrong 2nd Edition is an accessible introduction to the major traditions in western philosophical ethics, written in a lively and engaging style. It is designed for entry-level ethics courses and includes real-life ethical scenarios chosen to appeal directly to students.

  • Greatly expanded and improved, this successful text introduces students to the major ethical traditions, and provides a simple methodology for resolving ethical dilemmas 
  • Treats teleological and deontological approaches to ethics as the two most important traditions, but now includes chapters on virtue ethics and the ethics of care 
  • The very accessible writing style speaks directly to students’ own experience 
  • Draws examples from three types of real-life ethical scenarios submitted by students: academic dishonesty, partying, and personal relationships 
  • Provides a concise treatment of this notoriously complex subject, perfect for entry-level ethics and applied ethics courses

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Preface ix

Introduction xi

1 Ethics: What It Is, Does, and Isn’t 1

2 An “Ethical Yardstick”? 15

3 Measuring Consequences 41

4 Evaluating Actions 75

5 Virtue Ethics and the Ethics of Care 97

6 Doing Right: Why Bother? 125

7 Case Studies 145

Index 165