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Contemporary Moral Issues:
This anthology provides a comprehensive selection of readings on eleven contemporary social issues revolving around three general themes: Matters of Life and Death, Matters of Equality and Diversity, and Expanding the Circle (duties beyond borders, living together with animals, and environmental ethics). Each group of readings is accompanied by narrative selections that present the moral issues from a first person point of view; an extensive introduction surveys the problems and issues; and a bibliographical essay to relevant additional literature. Each selection is accompanied by pre- and post-reading questions. An ethical self-inventory--with pre-test and post-test--helps readers track changes in their own beliefs as they work through the readings, and a special section shows readers step-by-step how develop a personal position on ethical issues. A Pluralistic Approach to Moral Problems. How to Develop a Position on Ethical Issues. MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH: Abortion; Genetic Manipulation and Cloning; Euthanasia; Punishment and the Death Penalty. MATTERS OF EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY: Race and Ethnicity; Gender; Sexual Orientation; Poverty and Welfare; EXPANDING THE CIRCLE: Duties Beyond Borders; Living Together with Animals; Environmental Ethics. For anyone interested in Ethics, Social Ethics, and Contemporary Moral Problems. [via]