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Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction introduces the issues and controversies of contemporary moral philosophy. It gets students to struggle with the big questions of morality while it also relates these questions to practical issues, especially racism, global warming, moral education, and abortion. Providing a practical method for thinking about moral issues--a method based largely on the golden rule--it is written simply and clearly throughout. College students who are new to philosophy or who have already taken an introductory-level course will benefit from its use.
• Serves as either the sole textbook for a lower-level introduction to ethics/moral philosophy course or a supplementary text for a more advanced undergraduate ethics course
• Provides clear, direct writing throughout, making each chapter easily accessible for an engaged undergraduate student
• Offers a philosophically rigorous presentation of the golden rule
• Includes helpful study aids, including: bolded technical terms; boxes for key ideas; summaries, study questions, and suggested readings for each chapter; and a comprehensive glossary/index at the back of the book
Key Additions to the Third Edition:
• Each chapter now offers additional, optional sections on more advanced topics for students wishing to dig deeper into the material (advanced topics include: Kohlberg’s moral psychology, whether morality is gendered, types of relativism, early Greek ethics, Hume, and the prisoner’s dilemma)
• Other improvements include: better chapter organization, clearer explanations, improved examples, new names for key arguments, and a better Kindle version
• An updated and improved EthiCola instructional program (with a score-processing program, teacher’s manual, and class slides), which can be downloaded from the Web for free (from http://www.harrycola.com/ec or http://www.harryhiker.com/ec).
"A broad and keen scholar and an engaging and crystal-clear teacher, Harry Gensler introduces ethics with an approach that is truly fresh. He shows how the golden rule of treating others only in ways that are consistent with how we want to be treated can be developed into a rational framework for ethics; and he treats an ample range of problems in theoretical and applied ethics."
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Cultural Relativism
Chapter 2: Subjectivism
Chapter 3: Supernaturalism
Chapter 4: Intuitionism
Chapter 5: Emotivism
Chapter 6: Prescriptivism
Chapter 7: GR Logic
Chapter 8: GR Applications
Chapter 9: GR Frameworks
Chapter 10: Consequentialism
Chapter 11: Nonconsequentialism
Chapter 12: Synthesis Chapter
An innovative, well structured series, the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy are designed for students who already have completed an introductory-level course in philosophy. Each book introduces a core general subject in contemporary philosophy and offers students an accessible but substantial transition from introductory to higher-level college work in that subject. The series is accessible to non-specialists and each book clearly motivates and expounds the problems and positions introduced. An orientating chapter briefly introduces its topic and reminds readers of any crucial material they need to have retained from a typical introductory course. Considerable attention is given to explaining central philosophical problems of a subject and the main competing solutions and arguments for those solutions. The primary aim is to educate students in the main problems, positions and arguments of contemporary philosophy rather than to convince students of a single position.