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Ethics: History, Theory, and Contemporary Issues, Seventh Edition, features fifty-nine selections organized into three parts, providing instructors with great flexibility in designing and teaching a variety of courses in moral philosophy. Spanning 2,500 years of ethical theory, the first part,
Historical Sources, ranges from Plato to Nietzsche. The second part, Modern Ethical Theory, includes many of the most important essays of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The third part, Contemporary Moral Problems, presents the current debates over such issues as abortion, social justice,
environmentalism, affirmative action, and sexual harassment. Nearly forty percent of the modern readings are authored by women. The book is enhanced by part introductions, selection introductions, and study questions. The seventh edition includes twelve new essays.
The most comprehensive collection of its kind, Ethics: History, Theory, and Contemporary Issues, seventh edition, is essentially three books in one. Its fifty-nine selections offer instructors the opportunity to construct courses in ethics combining, as wished, the history of moral philosophy, modern ethical theory, and contemporary moral problems. The readings are reprinted, wherever possible, without omissions. Historical works presented unabridged are Plato’s Euthyphro, Defence of Socrates, and Crito, Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, Mill’s Utilitarianism, Dewey’s Theory of Valuation, and Sartre’s
Existentialism Is a Humanism.
NEW TO THIS EDITION
• Joseph Butler, “Sermon IX”
• Substantial excerpts from Henry Sidgwick, Methods of Ethics
• Articles by Tom Regan and Henry Shue on environmentalism
• Articles by Nomy Arpaly on moral worth and Travis Timmerman on famine relief
• Articles by Karen Hanson, Laurence Thomas, and Celia Wolf-Devine on affirmative action
• Articles by N. Ann Davis and Margaret Crouch on sexual harassment
• Newer selection by T. M. Scanlon on contractualism
• More essays (over one-third in Parts II and III) by women
READINGS ADDED TO THIS EDITION
• Joseph Butler, “Sermon IX”
• Henry Sidgwick, from The Methods of Ethics
• T. M. Scanlon, from What We Owe to Each Other
• Nomy Arpaly, “Moral Worth”
• Travis Timmerman, “A Reply to Singer”
• Tom Regan, “We Are What We Eat”
• Henry Shue, “Global Environment and International Inequality”
• Karen Hanson, “Facing Facts and Responsibilities”
• Laurence Thomas, “What Good Am I?”
• Celia Wolf-Devine, “Proportional Representation”
• N. Ann Davis, “Sexual Harassment in the University”
• Margaret Crouch, “Sexual Harassment in Public Places”
A selection by Camus and essays by T. M. Scanlon, Joel Feinberg, Nicholas L. Sturgeon, John McDowell, Mary Anne Warren, Rosalind Hursthouse, John Arthur, Elliot Sober, Henry Shue, and Daniel J. Hill from the previous edition are omitted.
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS
This book is supported by a variety of supplemental materials. For instructors, there are PowerPoint lecture outlines and an Instructor’s Manual with summaries and fifteen multiple-choice, ten true/false, and four essay questions per reading. For students, there are three study questions designed to check their basic understanding of key points. These resources, along with an interoperable LMS cartridge, are available through OUP’s Ancillary
Resource Center: https://oup-arc.com/. For more information, please contact your Oxford
University Press representative or call 1-800-280-0280.
The idea for such an inclusive volume developed from conversations with Robert Miller, executive editor at Oxford University Press, and we remain grateful for his initial encouragement and continuing support. We also wish to express our thanks to editorial assistants
Sydney Keen, Anna Deen, Molly Zimetbaum, and associate editor Alyssa Palazzo for their generous help, to senior production editor Marianne Paul for her conscientiousness, and to other members of the staff at Oxford University Press for valuable assistance throughout production.
Changes to the seventh edition in part reflect recommendations made by our colleagues as well as reviewers chosen by the publisher. These reviewers include: Paul Hughes (University of Michigan—Dearborn), David Murphy (Truman State University), Thanassis Samaras (University of Georgia), Gary Jaeger (Vanderbilt University), Karin Brown (San Jose State University), L. Dean Allen (Northwest Florida State College), Jami Anderson (University of Michigan—Flint), Joseph Grcic (Indiana State University). We appreciate their thoughtful advice.
We wish to acknowledge again the contribution of Christa Davis Acampora (City University of NewYork, Hunter College and the Graduate Center), who provided the abridgment of Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals. Finally, we are especially grateful to Andrew Forcehimes for offering valuable suggestions about the contents and structure of the book as well as helping to formulate introductions and study questions.