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The Ethical Life


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Contents Preface A Note on the Companion Volume Introduction PART I The Good Life 1. John Stuart Mill Hedonism 2. Robert Nozick The Experience Machine 3. Chris Heathwood Faring Well and Getting What You Want 4. Brad Hooker The Elements of Well-Being 5. Susan Wolf Happiness and Meaning: Two Aspects of the Good Life PART II Normative Ethics Theories of Right Conduct 6. Plato Euthyphro 7. Thomas Aquinas Natural Law 8. John Stuart Mill Utilitarianism 9. Immanuel Kant The Good Will and the Categorical Imperative 10. Thomas Hobbes Leviathan 11. W. D. Ross What Makes Right Acts Right? 12. Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics 13. Hilde Lindemann What Is Feminist Ethics? PART III Metaethics The Status of Morality 14. David Hume Moral Distinctions not Derived from Reason 15. J. L. Mackie The Subjectivity of Values 16. Gilbert Harman Ethics and Observation 17. Mary Midgley Trying Out One's New Sword* 18. David Enoch Why I am an Objectivist about Ethics (and Why You Are, Too) 19. Sarah McGrath Moral Knowledge* PART IV Moral Problems 20. Kwame Anthony Appiah What Will Future Generations Condemn Us For? POVERTY AND HUNGER 21. Peter Singer The Singer Solution to World Poverty 22. Onora O'Neill A Kantian Approach to Famine Relief* EUTHANASIA AND A MODEST PROPOSAL 23 James Rachels The Morality of Euthanasia 24. John Harris The Survival Lottery IMMIGRATION 25. Christopher Heath Wellman Refugees and the Right to Control Immigration* 26. Michael Huemer Is There a Right to Immigrate?* ANIMALS 27. Peter Carruthers Against the Moral Standing of Animals* 28. Alastair Norcross Puppies, Pigs and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases THE ENVIRONMENT 29. John Broome The Public and Private Morality of Climate Change* 30. Thomas Hill, Jr. Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments ABORTION 31. Judith Jarvis Thomson A Defense of Abortion 32. Don Marquis Why Abortion is Immoral 33. Philippa Foot Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect THE DEATH PENALTY 34. Igor Primoratz Justifying Legal Punishment 35. Stephen Nathanson An Eye for an Eye? GUNS 36. Jeff McMahan Why Gun 'Control' Is Not Enough 37. Michael Huemer Is There a Right to Own a Gun? THE LEGACY OF RACISM 38. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham City Jail* 39. Daniel Hausman Affirmative Action: Bad Arguments and Some Good Ones 40. Elizabeth Anderson The Future of Racial Integration DRUGS 41. Douglas Husak In Favor of Drug Decriminalization* 42. Peter de Marneffe Against the Legalization of Drugs

About the Author

Russ Shafer-Landau is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author or editor of several books including The Fundamentals of Ethics, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2020), A Concise Introduction to Ethics (OUP, 2019), and Living Ethics (OUP, 2018). He is also the editor of Oxford Studies in Metaethics.


[This book] is an excellent companion to The Fundamentals of Ethics and a strong anthology in its own right. Indeed, I cannot envision a better anthology that meets similar length and price constraints. Shafer-Landau is an exceptionally clear writer." Robert Farley, Assistant Professor of Humanities at Hillsborough Community College "The writing style is excellent. Shafer-Landau does a very good job of summarizing the content of the individual readings. It covers a good mix of theoretical and applied topics, and provides a good mix of classic readings and newer readings, and that the price is right." Daniel Star, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston University The text is an excellent source of primary materials for an ethics course. The study questions require students to engage in more than a cursory reading or skimming of the text, forcing them to seriously weigh the content of the chapters they read. It is approachable for our student demographic, the ancillaries are exemplary, and the content if both text reflects how instructors may approach ethics, either historically or topically.>" John Holder, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pensacola State College

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