Ethics: A Pluralistic Approach to Moral Theory

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2012 - Education - 400 pages
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ETHICS: A PLURALISTIC APPROACH TO MORAL THEORY, FIFTH EDITION provides a comprehensive yet clear introduction to the main traditions in ethical thought, including virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and deontology. Additionally, the book presents a conceptual framework of ethical pluralism to help students understand the relationship among various theories. Lawrence Hinman, one of today's most respected and accomplished educators in ethics and philosophy education, presents a text that gives students plentiful opportunities to explore ethical theory and their own responses to them, using fascinating features such as the Ethical Inventory sections that appear at the beginning and the end of the text. End-of-chapter discussion questions, and the use of current issues and movies help students retain what they've learned and truly comprehend the subject matter.
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Contents

The Moral Point of View
1
Understanding the Diversity of Moral Beliefs Relativism Absolutism and Pluralism
24
The Ethics of Divine Commands Religious Moralities
56
The Ethics of Selfishness Egoism
94
The Ethics of Consequences Utilitarianism
122
The Ethics of Duty Immanuel Kant
157
The Ethics of Rights Contemporary Theories
186
Justice From Plato to Rawls
218
The Ethics of Character Aristotle and Our Contemporaries
248
The Ethics of Diversity Gender
281
The Ethics of Diversity Race Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
309
Conclusion Applying Ethical Theories Abortion Capital Punishment and Euthanasia
343
Glossary
359
Index
367
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Lawrence M. Hinman is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Values Institute at the University of San Diego. In addition to numerous articles in philosophy, he is the author of ETHICS: A PLURALISTIC APPROACH TO MORAL THEORY (Wadsworth) and CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES (McGraw-Hill).

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