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The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems (5th edition)

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Russ Shafer-Landau
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Jan 2021
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Brief yet thorough and affordably priced, The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems, Fifth Edition, is ideal for courses in introductory ethics and contemporary moral problems. Featuring forty-two readings divided into four parts, it introduces students to ethical theory and a wide range of moral issues. The essays include selections from such historically influential philosophers as Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill alongside work by contemporary philosophers like Philippa Foot, Robert Nozick, Peter Singer, and Judith Jarvis Thomson. Detailed reading introductions provide helpful contextual information.

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Contents
Preface
A Note on the Companion Volume
Introduction
PART I The Good Life
1. John Stuart Mill Hedonism
2. Robert Nozick The Experience Machine
3. Chris Heathwood Faring Well and Getting What You Want
4. Brad Hooker The Elements of Well-Being
5. Susan Wolf Happiness and Meaning: Two Aspects of the Good Life
PART II Normative Ethics Theories of Right Conduct
6. Plato Euthyphro
7. Thomas Aquinas Natural Law
8. John Stuart Mill Utilitarianism
9. Immanuel Kant The Good Will and the Categorical Imperative
10. Thomas Hobbes Leviathan
11. W. D. Ross What Makes Right Acts Right?
12. Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics
13. Hilde Lindemann What Is Feminist Ethics?
PART III Metaethics The Status of Morality
14. David Hume Moral Distinctions not Derived from Reason
15. J. L. Mackie The Subjectivity of Values
16. Gilbert Harman Ethics and Observation
17. Mary Midgley Trying Out One's New Sword*
18. David Enoch Why I am an Objectivist about Ethics (and Why You Are, Too)
19. Sarah McGrath Moral Knowledge*
PART IV Moral Problems
20. Kwame Anthony Appiah What Will Future Generations Condemn Us For?
POVERTY AND HUNGER
21. Peter Singer The Singer Solution to World Poverty
22. Onora O'Neill A Kantian Approach to Famine Relief*
EUTHANASIA AND A MODEST PROPOSAL
23 James Rachels The Morality of Euthanasia
24. John Harris The Survival Lottery
IMMIGRATION
25. Christopher Heath Wellman Refugees and the Right to Control Immigration*
26. Michael Huemer Is There a Right to Immigrate?*
ANIMALS
27. Peter Carruthers Against the Moral Standing of Animals*
28. Alastair Norcross Puppies, Pigs and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases
THE ENVIRONMENT
29. John Broome The Public and Private Morality of Climate Change*
30. Thomas Hill, Jr. Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments
ABORTION
31. Judith Jarvis Thomson A Defense of Abortion
32. Don Marquis Why Abortion is Immoral
33. Philippa Foot Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect
THE DEATH PENALTY
34. Igor Primoratz Justifying Legal Punishment
35. Stephen Nathanson An Eye for an Eye?
GUNS
36. Jeff McMahan Why Gun 'Control' Is Not Enough
37. Michael Huemer Is There a Right to Own a Gun?
THE LEGACY OF RACISM
38. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham City Jail*
39. Daniel Hausman Affirmative Action: Bad Arguments and Some Good Ones
40. Elizabeth Anderson The Future of Racial Integration
DRUGS
41. Douglas Husak In Favor of Drug Decriminalization*
42. Peter de Marneffe Against the Legalization of Drugs

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Russ Shafer-Landau is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author or editor of several books including The Fundamentals of Ethics, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2020), A Concise Introduction to Ethics (OUP, 2019), and Living Ethics (OUP, 2018). He is also the editor of Oxford Studies in Metaethics.

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