Ethical Choices: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy with Cases

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Ideal for students with little or no background in philosophy, Ethical Choices: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy with Cases provides a concise, balanced, and highly accessible introduction to ethics. Featuring an especially lucid and engaging writing style, the text surveys a wide range of ethical theories and perspectives including consequentialist ethics, deontological ethics, natural and virtue ethics, the ethics of care, and ethics and religion.

Each chapter of Ethical Choices also includes compelling case studies that are carefully matched with the theoretical material. Many of these cases address issues that students can relate directly to their own lives: the drinking age, student credit card debt, zero tolerance policies, grade inflation, and video games. Other cases discuss current topics like living wills, obesity, human trafficking, torture "lite," universal health care, and just-war theory. The cases provide students with practice in addressing real-life moral choices, as well as opportunities to evaluate the usefulness and applicability of each ethical theory. Every case study concludes with a set of Thought Questions to guide students as they reflect upon the issues raised by that case.

Ethical Choices is enhanced by several pedagogical features. These include summaries at the end of each section, lists of key terms, questions For Reflection and Discussion at the end of each chapter, Guidelines for a Case Study Analysis, and suggestions For Further Reading that include Internet sources. Starred sections indicate more advanced material that may be included at the instructor's discretion. A companion website at contains additional resources for both students and instructors: chapter outlines, flashcards of key terms, sets of Helpful Hints to further aid students in mastering the material, and an additional chapter on our Moral Obligations Towards the Future.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195332954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195332957
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great learning tool for an intro into Ethics

 on July 18, 2016
By Mike M
Read this for a class I was taking. I must say you do learn quite a bit about Morality, Philosophy, Ethics, all in a concise and simple way with one philosophy flowing into another, each being compared and contrasted against one another. In the end Kantian ethics wins out according to the authors, at least that’s how I perceived it. But it’s all one gray area, very subjective, yet this book tries to remove subjectivity from the discussion, although it does, in fact, raise a few questions that are never completely answered which I believe every person must decide whether or not his or her own morality dictates a certain philosophy is indeed the morally righteous way to go.

Five Stars

 on April 22, 2017
By Maria Celesté
It is like sparkle notes only on paper!

Five Stars

 on September 1, 2016
By Miles
Interesting read!

Five Stars

 on June 25, 2017
By Netta
Great looking book! Just want I needed!

Four Stars

 on January 18, 2017
By NoTrouble
Great book, no protection around it during shipping.

Five Stars

 on November 14, 2015
By The Armando Love
Not price gouging. Unique for college textbooks.

One of the best textbooks I’ve

 on November 29, 2017
By oh-hello
Very accessible introduction to ethics. One of the best textbooks I’ve had

Read for an intro to ethics course

 on December 29, 2015
By Brandy M. Thielen
It is very well written but just a little dry. The summaries throughout each chapter are excellent though. They helped me get through the book.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on December 17, 2014
By Joann stone
Probably the only text book that I’ve purchased and was able to read more then two chapters of.

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