Contemporary Moral Dilemmas:
For Further Reading
Here are some interesting and fun-to-read books related to a few of the topics discussed in class. None of these is required or expected for the course, but if you are curious about a topic and would like to explore it some more, these are some fun places to start.
The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer, (Random House, 2010) - about global poverty
Living High and Letting Die by Peter Unger, (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1996) - about our economic obligations to others
Morality and the Law ed. by Richard Wasserstrom, (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1971) - classic debate over the relationship of morality to the law
Making Mortal Choices by Hugo Adam Bedau, (Oxford University Press, 1997) - applies a variety of moral principles to three cases of life and death
The Fetal Position by Chris Meyers, (Prometheus, 2010) - Great discussion of issues regarding abortion, including many not discussed in our class
Some good anthologies covering both sides of particular issues:
Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics ed. by Andrew Cohen and Christopher Wellman, (Blackwell, 2005).
The Abortion Controversy: A Reader, ed. by Louis Pojman and Francis Beckwith (Jones & Bartlett, 1998)
Tom Beauchamp, ed., Intending Death: The Ethics of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (Prentice Hall, 1995)
Robert Baird and Stuart Rosenbaum, Same-Sex Marriage: The Moral and Legal Debate (Prometheus, 2004)
Baird and Rosenbaum have edited a series of accessible anthologies on issues in applied ethics for Prometheus Books.
Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? by Michael J. Sandel, (New York, NY: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009) - with excellent examples, includes discussion of utilitarianism, Kant's theory, etc., in the context of economic systems.
The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory, Second Ed., ed. by Hugh LaFollette, (Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2013) - a useful survey of different ethical theories.
"If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permitted?" by Elizabeth Anderson, in The Portable Atheist, ed. by Christopher Hitchens, (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2007)
Consequentialism by Julia Driver, (New York, NY: Routledge, 2012) - surveys issues arising for contemporary utilitarian ethical theories.
Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? by Russ Shafer Landau, (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003) - discusses moral skepticism and the objectivity of morality.