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Morality and Moral Controversies: Readings in Moral, Social and Political Philosophy (7th Edition) Paperback – June 25, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0131844049 ISBN-10: 0131844040 Edition: 7th
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This comprehensive anthology includes classic and contemporary readings in moral theory along with a wide array of essays that address today's most philosophically interesting and controversial ethical and political issues. Covering a broad range of topics -- across the entire philosophical and political spectrum -- it shows the relevance of traditional thinkers as well as the many ways that contemporary writers are challenging the limits of the classical works. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Arthur's widely used, comprehensive anthology, now in its Seventh Edition, includes classic and contemporary readings in moral theory that discuss the role of self-interest and religion in morality, moral relativism, moral truth and objectivity. It includes representatives of traditional moral theories as well as contemporary works on moral theory. Following these are essays that address today's most philosophically interesting and controversial ethical and political issues, from abortion and animal rights to the environment, capital punishment, war, genetic engineering, euthanasia and the distribution of medical resources, sexuality, and marriage and the family. The book also covers many of the central problems of political theory, ranging from the ideal state, patriotism, and civil disobedience, poverty, drugs, and free speech to racial and sexual oppression, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. Covering a broad range of topics this text presents a balanced collection of articles that reflect the breadth of the philosophical and political spectrum. Blending the works of classical and contemporary writers, the text also shows the relevance of traditional thinkers as well as the many ways that contemporary writers expand on or criticize classical works.

New for the Seventh Edition:
  • Expanded discussions of self-interest and morality, rule utilitarianism, war and terrorism, cloning, capitalism, democratic government, multiculturalism, and reparations.
  • Entirely new sections covering topics such as
    • Medical Care Ethics
    • Multiculturalism, assimilation, and identity
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (June 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131844040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131844049
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By txstudent on June 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a philosophy class on Contemporary Moral Issues, and it covered all topics very well with readings from major philosophers and distinguished modern professors. It's a great way to learn the basics of philosophy (Utilitarianism, Kant, etc) and get you thinking about the problems we face today. I'd never thought so deeply about affirmative action, animal rights, the death penalty, and much more until I read this book!
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By Kira on September 14, 2013
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This book is ok. I am taking a class this fall and comparing to the school price i say this book is wonderful in price.
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By T. Sterling on February 2, 2015
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Heavy reading, but this is a decent textbook selected by a prof at UNCW.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Lands on December 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are using this book for study or research, the lack of an index makes a quick find difficult. Unless you are going to read the book cover to cover (more power to you) you may miss key points you are looking for.

The book is a compilation of essays so the content can be found almost anywhere in one form or another. The small print makes the contents seem "crowded".

On a good note, the study questions at the end of the sections seemed helpful.
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