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Perspectives on Ethicsby Judith A Boss
Synopses & Reviews
The broadest-based ethical theory reader available, Perspectives on Ethics anchors moral theory in real life through the use of discussion questions, case studies, and the integration of selections from non-Western traditions and other disciplines.
About the Author
Judith A. Boss earned her PhD in 1990 from Boston University, her MA from Dalhousie University in Canada in 1971, and her BA from the University of Western Australia in 1969. Prior to pursing a career in academia, she worked as a writer/researcher for the Nova Scotia Museum. She was on the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island from 1988 to 1995 and worked as Assistant Director of Curriculum Affairs at Brown University School of Medicine until 2004 when she "retired" to return to full-time writing and became a visiting scholar with the philosophy department at Brown University. She continued, until last year, to teach one course a semester at the University of Massachusetts. In addition to her philosophical interests, she completed a MS in Human Development at URI in 1991 and has led faculty workshops and written extensively on the topic of college student development. She was recipient of a URI Foundation Grant to study the effects of community service learning on students' moral development and has served as a grant application reviewer for the Corporation for National Service. The author of nine books, her publications include ANALYZING MORAL ISSUES and ETHICS FOR LIFE, both with McGraw-Hill. Her textbook THiNK, also with McGraw-Hill, just came out in 2009. She is published in, among other, The Journal of Moral Education, Public Affairs Quarterly, The Journal of Medical Ethics, Academic Medicine, Educational Theory, Free Inquiry, and The Journal of Experiential Education. During her spare time she volunteers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and is active in the Appalachian Mountain Club. An avid traveler, she has traveled with students from the University of Rhode Island and Brown Medical School to work with underserved, indigenous people in Guatemala and Mexico. Her favorite travel destination, however, is Antarctica, and she is currently looking for a publisher for a suspense/thriller she wrote that is set in Antarctica. She lives in Rhode Island with her daughter, son-in-law and twin granddaughters.
Table of Contents
* indicates new to this edition
*Aristotle, "Nicomachean Ethics"
Christina Hoff Sommers, "Where Have All the Good Deeds Gone?"
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "Emile"
Jacob Javits and A.M. Rosenthal, "Study of the Sickness Called Apathy"
*J.L. Mackie, "The Subjectivity of Values"
3. Cultural Relativism
Marilyn Frye, "Oppression"
*Henry David Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience"
Mohandas K. Gandhi, "The Moral Teaching of the Bhagavad Gita"
Lippman Bodoff, "God Tests Abraham, Abraham Tests God"
Kai Nielsen, "Religious Ethics Versus Humanistic Ethics"
5. Beyond Relativism: Moral Development
Carol Gilligan, "In a Different Voice"
*Laurence Thomas, "Moral and Psychological Development"
Plato, "The Republic"
Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead"
Jean Hampton, "The Wisdom of the Egoist: The Moral and Political Implications of Valuing the Self"
John Stuart Mill, "Utilitarianism, Liberty, and Representative Government"
Peter Singer, "Animal Liberation"
Immanuel Kant, "Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Ethics"
Sissela Bok, "Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life"
John Rawls, "A Theory of Justice"
9. Rights Ethics
Karl Marx, "The Jewish Question"
United Nations, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
*"U.S. Bill of Rights"
10. Virtue Ethics
P. Don Premasiri, "The Relevance of the Noble Eightfold Path to Contemporary Society"
Nel Noddings, "Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education"