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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