New to this EditionBuilds upon the theory that morality can be "hard-wired,?
and discusses the momentum naturalism
is gaining in today's moral philosophy.Takes a deeper look at Martha Nussbaum's impact on contemporary moral philosophy
, especially her conviction that well-written fictional stories can provide as strong a context for examining moral issues as actual events.Encourages discussion of fundamental cultural differences
and filters it through ethical relativism, hard universalism, soft universalism, and moral nihilism by examining the film Avatar
.Expands upon the convention of "heroes?
to explore the actions of the Ft. Hood army civilian police officers who reacted in the 2010 on-base shooting and the workers who elected to stay and cool the Fukushima reactors.Contains a new reading "Is Empathy Necessary for Morality?"
by Jesse Prinz which investigates whether we require empathy in order to make sound ethical decisions.Examines how the absence of eye contact
in the world of Internet social networks and other communication may have hampered our ability to feel compassion for others.Correlation Guide:
This convenient guide matches the issues in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Moral Issues, 13/e, Expanded with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Environmental Philosophy textbooks by Bonevac, Rosenstand, and Rachels/Rachels.
Retained FeaturesComplete and standard coverage of all major ethical theories
, and the text places ethics and storytelling in the context of cross-cultural moral education and discussion. Narrative features
throughout use the plots of dozens of relevant films, stories, novels, and popular television shows to illustrate moral theories, issues, and dilemmas.