Contemporary Moral and Social Issues: An Introduction through Original Fiction, Discussion, and Readings (Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies)

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9781118625217: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues: An Introduction through Original Fiction, Discussion, and Readings (Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies)

Contemporary Moral and Social Issues is a uniquely entertaining introduction that brings ethical thought to life. It makes innovative use of engaging, topically oriented original short fiction, together with classic and influential readings and editorial discussion as a means of helping students think philosophically about ethical theory and practical ethical problems.

  • Introduces students to ethical theory and a range of practical moral issues through a combination of key primary texts, clear editorial commentary, and engaging, original fiction
  • Includes discussion of topics such as world poverty, abortion, animals, the environment, and genetic engineering, containing “Facts and Factual Issues” for each topic to give students an up-to-date understanding of related factual issues.
  • Uses immersive, original short works of fiction as a means to engage students to think philosophically about serious ethical issues
  • Sample Course Framework available

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Contemporary Moral and Social Issues makes innovative use of short fiction—together with primary readings and editorial commentary—as a means of engaging students to think philosophically about ethical issues, better enabling instructors to initiate meaningful discussion. The text presents a combination of ethical theory and practical ethical problems brought to life by a range of pointed, pertinent stories. These stories are entertaining and readable in themselves, and provide a valuable springboard for philosophical discussion.

Each chapter combines original fiction, editorial discussion, and in-depth readings, to explore a range of moral issues. Chapters delve into topics related to value theory, moral theory, and applied moral issues in politics, world poverty, abortion, animal welfare, the environment, and genetic engineering. The text uniquely combines the overall guidance of a single-author discussion with the breadth of a reader, while engaging students with entertaining original fiction stories to illustrate each issue.

About the Author:

Thomas D. Davis taught at the University of Michigan, Grinnell College, the University of Redlands, San Jose State University, and De Anza College. In addition to writing four editions of Philosophy: An Introduction Through Original Fiction, Discussion and Readings (fourth edition, 2004), he is the author of three published novels: Suffer Little Children (1991), Murdered Sleep (1994), and Consuming Fire (1996).

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