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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $32.00
  • August 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93790-9
  • 192 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    An Introduction to Moral Philosophy

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    Lewis Vaughn (Author)

     

    The most accessible, practical, and affordable introduction to ethical theory and moral reasoning.

    Beginning Ethics provides students with the theoretical and logical tools they need to navigate the ethical quandaries in their daily lives. Clear writing, practical pedagogy, an emphasis on critical thinking, and an affordable price make Beginning Ethics the perfect introduction to one of the most important courses in the college curriculum.

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    Ethical theory and moral reasoning made simple

    Beginning Ethics includes thorough and accessible summaries of major arguments and core concepts to ensure that students understand the major ideas as they read the text. At the end of each chapter, there are keywords to provide a quick review of the core concepts, review questions to test comprehension, and essay questions to help build connections within and across chapters. 

    Focus on critical thinking and logical argumentation

    To help students make more conscious decisions in their adult lives, Beginning Ethics devotes an entire chapter on how to make and analyze ethical arguments. Chapters 4 and 12 discuss moral theories in general and prompt students to think critically about the qualities all acceptable moral theories must possess. 

    A relevant connection between ethical theories and students’ lives

    In its early chapters, Beginning Ethics shows students that ethics is a subject they already care deeply about, and an end-of-chapter feature, “Ethical Dilemmas,” helps students practice moral decision making by applying the concepts they’ve just learned to real-world moral quandaries. 

      Chapter 1: Ethics and the Moral Life
      The Ethical Landscape
      The Elements of Ethics
          The Preeminence of Reason
          The Universal Perspective
          The Principle of Impartiality
          The Dominance of Moral Norms
      Religion and Morality
          Believers Need Moral Reasoning
          When Conflicts Arise, Ethics Steps In
          Moral Philosophy Enables Productive Discourse
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Essay Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 2: Relativism and Emotivism
      Subjective Relativism
      Cultural Relativism
      Emotivism
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Essay Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 3: Moral Arguments
      Claims and Arguments
      Arguments Good and Bad
      Implied Premises
      Moral Statements and Arguments
      Testing Moral Premises
      Assessing Nonmoral Premises
      Avoiding Bad Arguments
          Begging the Question
          Equivocation
          Appeal to Authority
          Slippery Slope
          Appeal to Emotion
          Faulty Analogy
          Appeal to Ignorance
          Straw Man
          Appeal to the Person
          Hasty Generalization
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Essay Questions
          Argument Exercises
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 4: Moral Theories
      Theories of Right and Wrong
      Major Theories
          Consequentialist Theories
          Nonconsequentialist Theories
      Evaluating Theories
          Criterion 1: Consistency with Considered Judgments
          Criterion 2: Consistency with Our Moral Experience
          Criterion 3: Usefulness in Moral Problem Solving
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Essay Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 5: Ethical Egoism
      Applying the Theory
      Evaluating the Theory
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 6: Utilitarianism

      Applying the Theory
      Evaluating the theory
      Learning from Utilitarianism
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 7: Kantian Ethics

      Applying the Theory
      Evaluating the Theory
      Learning from Kant’s Theory
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 8: Natural Law Theory
      Applying the Theory
      Evaluating the Theory
      Learning from Natural Law
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 9: Social Contract Theory
      Hobbes’s Theory
      Pluses and Minuses
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 10: The Feminist Challenge
      Feminist Ethics
      The Ethics of Care
      Keywords
      Exercises
      Review Questions
          Essay Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 11: Virtue Ethics
      Virtue in Action
      Evaluating Virtue Ethics
      Learning from Virtue Ethics
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Chapter 12: A Moral Theory
      Moral Common Sense
      Building a Moral Theory
      Prima Facie Principles
      Three Rules
      Self-Evidence
      Keywords
      Exercises
          Review Questions
          Essay Questions
          Ethical Dilemmas

      Further Reading
      Glossary
      Index