With a clear presentation, Ethics: Theory and Practice educates readers about ethical theory and has them apply what they learn to specific classic and contemporary moral problems (lying, cheating, establishing ethical business practices, honoring ethical obligations in medicine, etc.).
Jacques P. Thiroux first wrote this text 1977 in order to educate readers about ethical theory and its applications in a way that beginning students could understand. The result was an accessible text that isn't too technical and doesn't plunge into complex readings without sufficient background. The text is fully updated with global issues and non-Western ethical views. Keith W. Krasemann now continues Thiroux's efforts of making Ethical Ideas accesible to students. Besides updating the foundations of the text, Krasemann incoporates new and relevant material, most of which is often unique only to this text.
The theory section begins with an introductory chapter ("what is morality?"), then covers teleological and deontological theories of morality, absolutism vs. relativism, freedom vs. determinism, and reward and punishment<-->each of the six chapters includes review and discussion questions. In the practice section, eight chapters with case studies discuss issues such as capital punishment, suicide, war and terrorism, mercy killing and mercy death, abortion, breaking promises, premarital sex, masturbation, bioethics, honesty in business, media ethics, animal rights, and protection of endangered species. Between the sections is a pivotal chapter that encourages students to establish their own ethical system, then shows them how. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)