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Social and Personal Ethics

Social and Personal Ethics
Author: William H. Shaw
ISBN 13: 9780538452564
ISBN 10: 538452560
Edition: 7
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2010-02-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 472
List Price: $239.95

Looking for a book that combines ethical theory with today's most relevant and compelling issues? SOCIAL AND PERSONAL ETHICS provides you with a sound introduction to ethical theory and issues through engaging readings on today's most hotly debated topics including war, marriage and sexual morality, business ethics, and a new section on voting and democracy.


This reader is designed for an introductory ethics course that places an emphasis on contemporary moral issues and problems of applied ethics. Two essays discuss the nature of morality and the major theories and concepts of normative ethics, followed by edited extracts from the works of Aristotle, Kant, and Mill, and perspectives from three recent writers. Essays on applied ethics reflect the tension between Kantian and utilitarian concerns, and raise theoretical issues such as the nature of rights, the extent of moral obligation, and the meaning of justice. Readings have been selected to create a dialogue among the writers on each topic. Shaw is affiliated with San Jose State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)