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Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy

Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy
Author: Francis J. Beckwith
ISBN 13: 9780534543358
ISBN 10: 534543359
Edition: 2
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2001-08-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 688
List Price: $206.95

Offering an outstanding balance of rigor and accessibility, DO THE RIGHT THING, 2E provides accessible, impartial introductions to an excellent collection of readings in contemporary social issues. Provocative study questions urge readers to get to the heart of the debates. Newly designed for this edition, DO THE RIGHT THING is organized into three sections. Part 1 introduces the reader to the leading ethical theories, while Parts 2 and 3 present the current issues including landmark court cases as well as differing viewpoints by not only leading philosophers, but also economists, legal scholars, and scientists.


Centering on contemporary moral debates, this collection features the work of philosophers, legal scholars, political scientists, doctors, and judges. It first outlines major moral theories, then presents conflicting perspectives on current controversies and landmark court cases. Among the controversies discussed are abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, affirmative action, censorship, and homosexuality. Religious and legal perspectives are foregrounded. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)