Message: A compact, yet thorough collection or reading in ethical theory and contemporary moral problems-at the best price. 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 forty 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. For the new edition, Part II on Normative Ethics now includes Plato's dialogue Euthyphro and Ayn Rand's essay <"Ethics of Emergencies>". Part III on Metaethics now includes <"A Critique of Ethics>", a classic presentation of expressivism by A.J. Ayer, <"Cultural Relativism>" by Harry Gensler, and a newly revised version of Renford Bambrough's writings on proof in ethics. By far the most revision was made to Part IV on Moral Problems. One significant change is that these entries are now organized by topic: Euthanasia and a Modest Proposal; Terrorism and Torture; The Treatment of Non-Humans: Animals and the Environment; Abortion; The Limits of the Law; and Children and Parents. New articles in this section include Alan Dershowitz's controversial defense of the morality of torture, <"Should the Ticking Bomb Terrorist be Tortured?>"; Alastair Norcross's provocative paper on the (im)morality of meat-eating, <"Puppies, Pigs and People>"; Paul Taylor's defense of a biocentric ethic, <"The Ethics of Respect for the Environment>"; Thomas Hill, Jr.'s appeal to virtue as the basis of an environmental ethic, <"Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments>"; and Philippa Foot's classic article, <"Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect>". Readings omitted from the new edition include Gilbert Harman, <"Ethics and Observation>"; Mary Midgley, <"Trying Out One's New Sword>"; Heidi Malm, Paid Surrogacy: Arguments and Responses; Ronald Dworkin, Playing God: Genes, Clones, and Luck; Peter Singer, Unsanctifying Human Life; William F. Baxter, People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution; David Luban, Liberalism, Torture, and the Ticking Bomb; and Bonnie Steinbock, Adultery. The Instructor's Manual and Test Bank on CD is thoroughly updated and includes summaries of every reading with accompanying essay questions; a Test Bank with essay and multiple-choice questions on every reading; A guide on how to use The Ethical Life, Second Edition in conjunction with The Fundamentals of Ethics, Second Edition; Further Reading; Lecture outlines on PowerPoint; and Weblinks. The Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/shafer-landau) features all the material from the Instructor's Manual and Test Bank. For students, there are introductions to each of the four main sections; Self-quiz questions for each reading; Further Reading; Lecture outlines on PowerPoint slides; and Weblinks.
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Russ Shafer-Landau is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Review:
"The selection of texts is excellent. The small size of this book is one of its real strengths, which means Shafer-Landau had to make some tough choices about what to include and what not to. The choices are pretty much just right."--Brian L. Merrill, Brigham Young University-Idaho"Shafer-Landau's The Ethical Life is superior to Rachels' The Right Thing to Do. Shafer-Landau's reader, like its companion textbook, is both broader and deeper than Rachels'."--Eugene Marshall, Wellesley College"Its strengths are that it is smaller and shorter than most introductions to ethics, it has a question discussion section at the end of each reading, and there are supplementary materials online."--Amber E. George, Le Moyne College"The Shafer-Landau reader offers me much more flexibility [than Rachels' reader]. To think that I can get both [of the Shafer-Landau] books for $80, and that there might be a discount on bundling them together, is certainly a better option."--Jessica Logue, University of Portland"The companion website is also a useful additional tool [that Rachels doesn't have]. I am highly likely to continue using these texts for future ethics courses, rather than the Rachels books."--Richard Hine, University of Connecticut"The coverage is comprehensive. I appreciate the separation of value theory from normative ethics. The questions at the end of each reading are a bonus. I have adopted [The Fundamentals of Ethics] this term along with this anthology."--Patrick Martin Breen, College of Staten Island
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