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A Contemporary Introduction, 1st Edition

By Harry J. Gensler


224 pages

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Ethics introduces the issues and controversies of contemporary moral philosophy to undergraduate students who have already done an introductory course in philosophy. It will help students to think more clearly about how to form their moral beliefs in the wisest and most rational way. The basic approaches to metaethics and normative ethics are related to specific issues, particularly those of racism, education, and abortion. Written in a clear and concise way by an experienced textbook author, Ethics will also be of interest to the general reader.

Unique features of the textbook:

* boxed key ideas

* Glossary of philosophical terms

* Chapter summaries and study questions

* Annotated further reading and Internet Web resources

There is an associated website for teachers and students at


'I liked this book. It is written in an interactive manner that relates ethical concepts and ideas to real life issues. Moral philosophy can often appear overtly abstract and removed from the reality of everyday living, but this author has presented it in an a creative, accessible and entertaining format.' - Nursing Ethics

`An outstanding introduction to ethics…short, structured, very readable, argumentatively a very clear and convincing introduction. German publishing houses could take this introductory series as an example for themselves.' - Dieter Schoenecker, Berliner Tagesspiegel

About the Author

Harry J. Gensler is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Scranton. He is the author of Logic: Analyzing and Appraising Arguments (1989), Symbolic Logic: Classical and Advanced Systems(1990) and Formal Ethics (1996)

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

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.

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