Cengage Advantage Books: Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong

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Cengage Learning, Feb 12, 2008 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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Study ethics from one of the classic texts, written by one of contemporary philosophy’s most skilled teachers, Louis P. Pojman, and now revised by best-selling author and editor of the INTERNET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY, James Fieser. ETHICS: DISCOVERING RIGHT AND WRONG, Sixth Edition, provides you with a concise yet comprehensive overview of the fundamental objectives and outlooks of ethical theory. Written in a conversational manner with strong learning aids and numerous classical and contemporary examples, this book teaches you how to develop your own moral theories and competently reason through ethical problems for yourself. The text even-handedly raises critical questions with its non-dogmatic style and generous presentation of various positions. This edition offers more feminist as well as multicultural ethical perspectives. Initial chapters discuss general concerns about meta-ethics before presenting major moral theories. Later chapters address special topics in personal and religious ethics as well as the most recent developments in moral theory. A helpful appendix teaches how to write ethics papers, while study questions for each chapter and useful bibliographies further assist you in review and additional exploration of topics. A companion website offers additional support with essay questions and numerous interactive learning aids.
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Contents

What Is Ethics?
1
Ethical Relativism
14
Moral Objectivism
30
Value and the Quest for the Good
46
Social Contract Theory and the Motive to Be Moral
64
Egoism SelfInterest and Altruism
81
Utilitarianism
100
Kant and Deontological Theories
121
Virtue Theory
146
Religion and Ethics
170
The FactValue Problem
188
Moral Realism and the Challenge of Skepticism
209
How to Read and Write a Philosophy Paper
224
Glossary
228
Index
233
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Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Pojman passed away in 2005.

Best-selling author James Fieser is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his B.A. from Berea College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University. He is author, co-author, or editor of ten textbooks, including PHILOSOPHY THROUGH THE AGES (2001), A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (2003), and SOCRATES TO SARTRE AND BEYOND (Eighth Edition, 2008). After teaching briefly at the University of Rio Grand and Christopher Newport University, he arrived at UT Martin in 1993. In 2004, he was awarded UT Martins Cunningham Teaching and Scholarship award. Dr. Fieser has edited and annotated the ten-volume EARLY RESPONSES TO HUME, Second Edition (2005) and the five-volume Scottish COMMON SENSE PHILOSOPHY (2000). He is founder and general editor of the INTERNET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY website (http://www.iep.utm.edu). He has published articles on the topics of David Hume, moral skepticism, rights theory, environmental ethics, business ethics, virtue theory, and natural law.

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