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Painless intro to ethical thought:,
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This review is from: The Elements of Moral Philosophy with Dictionary of Philosophical Terms (Paperback)
I teach an ethics course that is required of Computer Science Students at an area University. One problem I have is that, before we get to dicuss social and ethical issues as they pertain to technology and society, the student have no clue about any of the basics of ethical thought. For my purposes, this book is a deity-send. It is NOT complete, but it sure does a good job giving the basics of how we structure ethical discussions and how (and in some cases why) our views of what's right and wrong have developed. My students groan the first day of class when they see they have a philosophy book at the beginning of the semester, but they quit complaining once they begin reading. Fosters lots of good discussion in my class. I would NOT recommend it to someone wanting to study moral philosophy in depth. But for a quick overview of major trends, and particularly in the case of my class where "what is ethics?" is only one part of the content we cover--very good. 5 stars because it teaches well.