Ethics: Theory and Contemporary Issues

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Closely examine the major areas of ethical theory as well as a broad range of contemporary moral debates using MacKinnon's acclaimed ETHICS: THEORY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, Sixth Edition. Recognized for its breadth of coverage, this book provides a superbly balanced introduction that effectively integrates ethical theory with today's most relevant moral issues. Illuminating overviews and a selection of readings from both traditional and contemporary sources make even complex philosophical concepts reader friendly. Comprehensive, clear-sighted introductions to general and specific areas of ethical debate cover major ethical theories, including feminist ethics and ethical relativism, before delving into issues ranging from euthanasia and sexual morality to war and professional ethics. New readings from prominent ethicists help increase this edition's coverage of contemporary dilemmas with widespread impact, including torture and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, "partial birth" abortion, cloning, same-sex marriage, and Wikipedia and Google. The book's new CengageNOW™ online learning system builds upon the book's highly effective presentation with Personalized Study Plans that match multimedia learning tools to your specific learning style and needs. New integrated Ethics Learning Modules use flash-animated ethics simulations to help you practice what you've learned. Trust ETHICS: THEORY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, Sixth Edition, to integrate theory and contemporary moral issues like no other text.

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Barbara MacKinnon is a professor emerita of philosophy at the University of San Francisco. During her 30 years of teaching, her instruction and writing focused primarily on the history of ethics and contemporary ethical issues. She enjoys reading widely, playing the piano, and traveling.

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1. Ethics and Ethical Reasoning. 2. Ethical Relativism. 3. Egoism. 4. Utilitarianism. 5. Kant's Moral Theory. 6. Contractarianism. 7. Morality and Human Nature. 8. Virtue Ethics. 9. Feminist Thought and the Ethics of Care. 10. Euthanasia. 11. Abortion. 12. Sexual Morality. 13. Equality and Discrimination. 14. Economic Justice. 15. Legal Punishment. 16. Environmental Ethics. 17. Animal Rights. 18. Stem Cell Research, Cloning, and Genetic Engineering. 19. Violence, Terrorism, and War. 20. Global Issues and Globalization. Appendix: How to Write and Ethics Paper.

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