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Moral Soundings : Readings on the Crisis of Values in Contemporary Life - Dwight Furrow

Moral Soundings

Readings on the Crisis of Values in Contemporary Life

By: Dwight Furrow (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th April 2004
ISBN: 9780742533707
Number Of Pages: 328

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Moral Soundings takes a fresh new approach to introducing students and general readers to contemporary ethics. Rather than surveying the standard fare in a typical anthology format, Furrow collects diversified essays around a structured theme: does Western culture face a moral crisis of values? Prominent voices in the humanities and social sciences provide a range of perspectives on a concentrated set of ethical questions dealing with such topics as family values, the morality of capitalism, the benefits and dangers of new technologies, global conflict, and the role of religion. Unlike point/counterpoint books that often oversimplify the complexity of ethical questions, the readings in Moral Soundings provoke critical engagement and help students to recognize and emulate the logical development of arguments-all in engaging and easily accessible language. Readings are supplemented with helpful chapter introductions, study questions, and strategically placed editorial commentary to encourage further discussion and reflection. These features make Moral Soundings an ideal primary or supplementary text for undergraduate courses in ethics, contemporary moral issues, and social and political philosophy.

Framed to probe the issue of what lies beneath the troubled waters of Western life, Dwight Furrow's Moral Soundings bridges the gap between academic philosophy and the world of public intellectuals. Badly needed; it is a gift.--George Harris, chancellor professor of philosophy, College of William and Mary

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Morals and Moneyp. 1
The Spirit of Capitalism 2000p. 3
Study Questionsp. 23
Interventions: Autonomy, Humility, and Self-Directionp. 24
Markets and the Social Structure of Moralityp. 25
Study Questionsp. 33
Interventions: Autonomy as Self-Sufficiencyp. 35
Two Cheers for Capitalismp. 37
Study Questionsp. 45
Interventions: Does Capitalism Subvert or Support Autonomy?p. 47
The Promise of Equalityp. 49
Nihilism in Black Americap. 51
Study Questionsp. 58
Life, Liberty, Propertyp. 59
Study Questionsp. 66
Still the Land of Opportunity?p. 67
Study Questionsp. 79
Interventions: Are We Equal in Our Capacity to Make Our Own Decisions?p. 80
The Moral Demands of Global Justicep. 83
Study Questionsp. 91
Interventions: Is Personal Autonomy Compatible with Justice for All?p. 94
Where Love Meets Obligation: The Family in Turmoilp. 95
Philosophical Reflections on the Family at Millennium's Beginningp. 97
Study Questionsp. 106
Reconcilable Differences: What It Would Take for Marriage and Feminism to Say "I Do"p. 107
Study Questionsp. 115
Why Marriage?p. 117
Study Questionsp. 129
Interventions: Negotiating Dependence and Independencep. 130
Coping with Hi-Tech Cowboysp. 135
The Age of Genetic Technology Arrivesp. 137
Study Questionsp. 152
What's at the Bottom of the Slippery Slope: A Post-Human Future?p. 155
Study Questionsp. 171
Interventions: Can We Control Technology?p. 173
In God We Trust--or Do We?p. 175
Can We Be Good without Hell?p. 177
Study Questionsp. 183
Everything I Like about Religion I Learned from an Atheistp. 185
Study Questionsp. 189
Interventions: Is Obedience to God Compatible with Making My Own Decisions?p. 191
Global Conflictp. 195
The Future of "History": Francis Fukuyama vs. Samuel P. Huntingtonp. 197
Study Questionsp. 212
The Clash of Ignorancep. 215
Study Questionsp. 220
Interventions: Hybrid Identities and Autonomyp. 221
It's All Good: Life among the Relativistsp. 225
Are We Living in a Moral Stone Age?p. 227
Study Questionsp. 233
Of Cave Dwellers and Spirits: The Trouble with Moral Absolutesp. 235
Study Questionsp. 246
Interventions: Autonomy and Objectivityp. 247
Renewalsp. 251
Ecological Humanism: A Moral Image for Our Emotive Culturep. 253
Study Questionsp. 259
American National Pridep. 261
Study Questionsp. 269
Society in the Postmodern Erap. 273
Study Questionsp. 283
Interventions: How to Reconcile Moral Freedom and Moral Responsivenessp. 285
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 293
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780742533707
ISBN-10: 0742533700
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 28th April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 14.94  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.44

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