Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction

Harry J Gensler

December 7, 2017 by Routledge
Textbook - 244 Pages
ISBN 9780815378679 - CAT# K339004
Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

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Features

• 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

Summary

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. 

Key Features:

  • 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 www.harrycola.com/ec or www.harryhiker.com/ec).

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