Moral Reasoning and Contemporary Issues
Author: Lewis Vaughn
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Used at over 130 schools in its first edition, Doing Ethics now offers more topics and more readings, the clearest, most helpful introductions and pedagogy, and the lowest price among applied ethics texts/readers. Doing Ethics is really three books in one: a clear and comprehensible introduction to ethical theory, a practical guide for applying critical thinking skills to contemporary moral issues, and an anthology of readings in applied ethics. Substantial pedagogy reinforces core concepts and spurs students’ own thinking throughout. The Second Edition includes 38 new readings and 2 new topics, but the price has remained the same as the First Edition, making Doing Ethics the best value by far, for students. FEATURES Clear and comprehensible Clarity of expression is perhaps the single most important feature of any successful philosophy text. Users and reviewers of Doing Ethics give Lewis Vaughn high marks for his clear and philosophically sound introductions. Summaries of major arguments and core concepts are thorough, balanced, and easy to understand. Stresses critical thinking In “Moral Reasoning,” a part-long introduction to the subject, students learn the rudiments of plain-language critical reasoning, including how to gauge the strength and soundness of moral arguments, how to test the moral premises of an argument, and how to spot (and avoid) bad arguments. “Critical Thought” boxes throughout the text ask students to examine their own assumptions or apply their critical-thinking skills to a moral argument. Features to reinforce core concepts “Cases for Analysis” are real-world examples “ripped from the headlines,” followed by questions designed to spur students’ own thinking. “Quick Review” boxes and end-of-chapter review questions all ensure that students understand the ideas as they’re reading.