Ethics: Theory and Contemporary Issues, Concise, 2nd Edition

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Closely examine the major areas of ethical theory as well as a broad range of contemporary moral debates using MacKinnon's ETHICS: THEORY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES–CONCISE EDITION, 2E. Illuminating overviews and frank language make even complex philosophical concepts reader-friendly. Comprehensive, clear-sighted introductions to general and specific areas of ethical debate cover major ethical theories, including feminist ethics, contract theory, and ethical relativism, before delving into issues ranging from euthanasia and sexual morality to war and globalization. Increased coverage of contemporary dilemmas highlights issues of widespread interest, including torture and terrorism, "partial birth" abortion, cloning, same-sex marriage, and global distributive justice. An innovative online resource center offers, among other things, animated simulations. These simulations allow the reader to personally engage with dilemmas and thought experiments commonly presented in introductions to ethics.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth; 2nd edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133049745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133049746
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great even for a beginner exploring many of today’s ethical issues

27 people found this helpful.
 on February 5, 2006
By jules
I used this textbook in an undergraduate Communication Ethics course last year. It very helpful in introducing me to the study of ethics and how it fits into today’s issues.

Great Resource for Intro Ethics

21 people found this helpful.
 on September 1, 2006
By esselle
I choose MacKinnon’s 4th edition of this text, while in search of one that would work well for online instruction. I have since moved on to the current edition, which contains a few, but what I consider, significant and useful changes and expansions from the 4th.

Well Written and Very Complete Book on Ethics

14 people found this helpful.
 on December 4, 2007
By Frederick S. Goethel
My daughter took an ethics course at a local community college this semester and this book was the textbook. As I was interested, I read along with the class (and even more) as the semester progressed.

Review of MacKinnon

5 people found this helpful.
 on August 12, 2012
By fcalicura
Review of MacKinnion’s

There’s not much you can do to mess up an ethics book, but . . .

6 people found this helpful.
 on December 6, 2008
By Amazon Customer
College ethics texts are similar and have been for decades. About half the book presents basic ethical theories. The other half presents current ethical conundrums. The books must be kept up to date to keep up with controversies of society. The last half of the book gives the students the chance to practice with what they have learned in the first half.

This was required at my daughters school.

 on June 26, 2015
By Jeff Stanley
This was a requirement for my daughters school and as such its content is irrelevant. It got five stars because it filled the requirement precisely. With teachers the way they are now, who knows what the content was designed to convey.

Solid Helpful Book

 on December 6, 2012
By Will Sharp
I have experience with only a few Intro Ethics textbooks, but this is definitely my favorite of the bunch. Mackinnon’s use of myriad up-to-date examples to which various systems can be applied is great. She walks the reader through gracefully and withOUT holding the reader’s hand.

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