Contemporary Moral Arguments: Readings in Ethical Issues

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Taking a unique approach that emphasizes careful reasoning, this cutting-edge reader is structured around twenty-eight key arguments that have provoked heated debates on current ethical issues. Contemporary Moral Arguments: Readings in Ethical Issues opens with a two-chapter introduction to moral theories and moral reasoning that provides students with the background necessary to analyze the arguments in the following chapters. Chapters 3-12 present seventy-six readings that are organized--in the conventional way--into ten topical areas: abortion; sex and marriage; euthanasia and assisted suicide; genetic engineering and cloning; the death penalty; war, terrorism, and torture; pornography; economic justice and health care; animal rights and environmental duties; and global obligations to the poor.

Offering a special feature not found in other anthologies, the selections are also organized in an unconventional way, by argument, so that students can more easily see how philosophers have debated each other on these critical issues. Each argument opens with an introduction that outlines the argument's key points, provides context for it, and reviews some of the main responses to it. Each introduction is followed by two to four essays that present the argument's classic statement, critiques and defenses of it, and related debates.

Contemporary Moral Arguments incorporates more pedagogical features than any other reader, including:

* Essay questions--ideal for writing assignments--after each of the twenty-eight argument sections
* Four types of boxes throughout: Facts and Figures, Public Opinion, Legalities, and Time Lines
* A list of key terms at the end of each chapter, all defined in the glossary, and suggestions for further reading
* An Instructor's Manual and Testbank on CD featuring chapter and reading summaries, lecture outlines in PowerPoint format, and essay and objective questions with an answer key
* A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/vaughn containing the same material as the Instructor's Manual along with such student resources as self-quizzes and flash cards

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About the Author:

Lewis Vaughn is the former editor of Free Inquiry magazine and the former executive editor of the philosophy journal Philo.

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"Lewis Vaughn's book can help me accomplish what I seek to do in a contemporary moral issues class: help students appreciate the importance and nuance of ethical problems, show them how to construct their own arguments, and provide them with the skills necessary to analyze and evaluate arguments and concepts."--Bryan Hilliard, Mississippi University for Women


"The main strength of this book is its focus on moral argumentation throughout. It contains more different types of arguments than most other anthologies on the market."--Nancy J. Matchett, University of Northern Colorado


"I especially like the sidebars and choices about what is relevant from surveys, facts and figures, and legal issues, etc. They are intelligent and illuminate the context of the issues in a helpful way."--David Hiley, University of New Hampshire


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