Doing and Being: Selected Readings in Moral Philosophy, 1/e
Joram Graf Haber, Bergen Community College
Published July, 1992 by Prentice Hall Humanities/Social Science
Copyright 1993, 493 pp.
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Introduction to Ethics (Anthology)-Philosophy
Focusing on the field of Virtue Ethics, the book addresses compelling issues
through the use of both classic works and groundbreaking new selections, many
of which are anthologized here for the first time. Aristotle and Aquinas,
Baier and Stocker are among the philosophers whose works are represented.
Homosexuality, capital punishment, and wickedness are among the provocative
Part One, Doing, contains readings from classical and contemporary
sources representing the tradition of action-based ethics. Included are
standard theories such as relativism, egoism, utilitarianism, and Kantianism,
as well as practical issues such as animal rights, capital punishment, and
Part Three, Being, also contains theoretical and practical issues
from classical and contemporary sources, but unlike Part One, contains
readings representing the tradition of virtue-based ethics, with
representative selections from Aristotle, Aquinas, Anscombe, and Maclntyre.
Virtues and vices such as friendship, forgiveness, wickedness, and cruelty are
Part Two, Doing or Being, is a transitional section asking which of
the two approaches holds the most promise for the way we approach moral
philosophy. Each section contains introductions to the readings, selected
bibliographies, and discussion questions.
I. DOING: ACTION-BASED APPROACHES TO MORAL PHILOSOPHY: THEORIES
II. DOING OR BEING: RIVAL APPROACHES TO MORAL PHILOSOPHY.
III. BEING: VIRTUE-BASED APPROACHES TO MORAL PHILOSOPHY: THEORIES