Brief yet thorough and affordably priced, The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems is ideal for courses in introductory ethics and contemporary moral problems. Featuring thirty-nine readings divided into four parts--Value Theory, Normative Ethics, Metaethics, and Moral Problems--it introduces students to ethical theory and a wide range of moral issues. The essays include selections from such historically influential philosophers as Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill alongside work by contemporary philosophers like Philippa Foot, Robert Nozick, Peter Singer, and Judith Jarvis Thomson. Detailed section and reading introductions provide helpful contextual information. Designed as a companion reader to Russ Shafer-Landau's textbook, The Fundamentals of Ethics, The Ethical Life is also comprehensive enough to be used on its own. The book is enhanced by an Instructor's Manual and Testbank on CD and a Companion Website for students and instructors.
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Russ Shafer-Landau is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.Review:
"I predict that when Shafer-Landau's The Ethical Life is paired with his textbook, The Fundamentals of Ethics, they will become a standard for contemporary ethical issues courses. . . . The quality of the original-source texts is excellent." --Jason Zinser, University of North Florida
"This new ethics anthology by one of today's leading moral philosophers is a real standout among the many choices available. It combines carefully chosen, can't-do-without classics with some unknown gems. Add the editor's lucid, accurate introductions, and I can't think of a more ideal choice." --Chris Heathwood, University of Colorado at Boulder
"This is a very strong anthology, usefully and unusually combining classical and contemporary readings in value theory, normative ethics, metaethics, and applied ethics. I can now confidently say that this is a real and significant improvement over the Rachels anthology. It appears to me to promise the best anthology on the market." --Christopher F. Zurn, University of Kentucky
"Shafer-Landau has put together a terrific introductory anthology for all undergraduates studying ethics and moral philosophy. . . . I wouldn't use any other textbook." --Paul Bloomfield, University of Connecticut
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