The Elements of Moral Philosophy

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McGraw-Hill College, 1999 - Ethics - 232 pages
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Firmly established as the standard text for undergraduate courses in ethics, this concise, lively book combines clear explanations of the main theories of ethics with discussions of interesting examples. Topics covered include famine relief, euthanasia, homosexuality, and the treatment of animals. The text's versatility allows it to be widely used not only in ethical theory courses, but also in applied ethics courses of all kinds.

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This is an exceptional introduction to academic moral philosophy. It begins by addressing many of the "common sense" concerns about attempting to develop a better understanding of morality at all, (including, "isn't it all relative," "doesn't it depend on religion," and "doesn't everyone do what is in his or her own best interest"?) The writing is clear and the arguments are well presented. Rachels provides compelling accounts of all the leading moral theories, then ends with a chapter on what an ideal moral theory would be like.  

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Contents

WHAT IS MORALITY?
1
THE CHALLENGE OF CULTURAL RELATIVISM
20
SUBJECTIVISM IN ETHICS
37
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

James Rachels is University Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of Moral Problems (1990), Created for Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism (1991), and The Elements of Moral Philosophy (1993).

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