Originally published in 1986, this book examines the extent to which existing ethical theory can provide an adequate framework for the resolution of practical moral issues. The contributors, all leading moral philosophers, provide an authoritative and comprehensive account of developments in ethical theory, with emphasis on issues in applied ethics. They explain the dominant ethical theories, survey major field of applied ethics and speculate about the future of ethics.
1. The Challenge of Applied Ethics Richard M. Fox and Joseph P. DeMarco Part 1: Contemporary Ethical Theory 2. Utilitarianism and its Applications J. J. C. Smart 3. A Contractualist Alternative T. M. Scanlon 4 Recent Thomistic Ethics Vernon J. Bourke 5. Existentialist Ethics Charles Guignon 6. Marxism, Morality and Moral Philosophy Kai Nielsen 7. Pragmatic Sensibility: The Morality of Experience John J. McDemott Part 2: Fields of Applied Ethics 8. Biomedical Ethics: A Precocious Youth Mary B. Mahowald 9. Business Ethics Norman E. Bowie 10. Reverse Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Robert Fullinwider 11. The Ethics of Nuclear Strategy James P. Sterba 12. Applied Ethics and the Vocation of Social Science Bruce Jennings Part 3: The Future of Ethics 13. Why Do Applied Ethics R. M. Hare 14. The Future of Ethics R. B. Brandt 15. Ethical Theory in the Twenty-First Century Michael D. Bayles 16. How Medicine Save the Life of Ethics Stephen Toulmin 17. Ethics, Science and Moral Philosophy Marcus G. Singer 18. Moral Philosophy and the Future William K. Frankena 19. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice: On the Terms of their Relation Abraham Edel