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The Right Thing To Do: Basic Readings in Moral Philosophy

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This collection of readings in moral theory and moral issues from major Western philosophers is the ideal companion reader for James Rachels' text The Elements of Moral Philosophy. The anthology explores further the theories and issues introduced in that volume, in their original and classic formulations. The collection can stand on its own as the text for a course in mora ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published April 26th 2006 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages (first published 1989)
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Tazar Oo
Jul 14, 2014 Tazar Oo rated it liked it
မာတငလူသာကငး ကြယလြနၿပီး ွစေပါငးမားစြာအၾကာ ဒနနီယယအဲဗကစ ငွကေပာသီးေကာကစားရတုနး၊ မာကစတို ဒီဗူးဘြားတို ကြယလြနၿပီး ွစေပါငးမားစြာအၾကာ သနးၾကြယသူေဌးေတြ ေဘာလံုးကနတဲပြဲနဲ တုိကဆိုငေနလို ေကာငးသူေလးေတြ အစုလိုကအျပံဳလိုက ျပနေပးဆြဲခံရတဲကိစၥကို လူေတြေမေနၿပီး တိမျမဳပေနရတုနး၊ ပစၥညးဥစၥာပိုငဆိုငခြငဟာ အေျခခံလူအခြငအေရးပါလို အားလံုးလကခံထားၾကၿပီး လူလတတနးစားေတြ ဘယလိုမွအိပမမကိုငတဲ ေစးေတြကို "အေကာငးဆံုးေစးေတြကိုေတြရမယ အိမျခံေျမလမးညန"ဆိုၿပီး Facebook News feed ထိပဆံုးမွာ ခပတညတည ခပေျပာငေျပာင ေၾကာျငာေနရဲတုနး၊ (ျမငးကေစးႀကီးလို) ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, I was not a fan.

All of the readings are taken out of context with very poor background information. Everything felt like it was delivered through a very biased, filtered view; it was very clear where Rachels stood from the very beginning. His portrayals of egoism seemed anything but fair. Two stars because it explores a variety of views, but nothing more.
Lane Wilkinson
May 21, 2008 Lane Wilkinson rated it it was ok
I have used this book and its companion volume for my intro to ethics courses. I would recommend the texts for instructors who want to make use of case-studies in applied ethics. However, I have to supplement the text insofar as primary source material is overlooked. Stuart Rachels has a pretty good suggested syllabus on his website.

Pros: good for applied ethics, intuitive presentation, appropriate for 100-level courses,

Cons: lack of primary source material, no meta-ethics, poor presentations o
Jun 27, 2007 V. rated it liked it
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In designing a syllabus for an undergraduate Intro to Ethics seminar, I needed a book that would collect together some seminal works in normative ethics. The challenge is to find a volume which includes readings from the most important thinkers, does so in an accessible way, and includes enough of the original texts to give some context for the ideas being put forward. Oh, and if the book doesn't cost students a fortune, that is great, too. Rachels' anthology fit the bill perfectly.
Michael Chavinda
Jul 03, 2014 Michael Chavinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great selection of essays and articles on applied and meta- ethics. While the articles are largely cohesive they would be better understood with a little more narration and reflection at the end of the chapters. the introductory chapter, while being informative feels insufficient.
This review refers to the 2010 (5th) edition. Appropriate read for the beginner who has at least some experience with philosophical debate.
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James Rachels, the distinguished American moral philosopher, was born in Columbus, Georgia, and graduated from nearby Mercer University in 1962. He received his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, studying under Professors W. D. Falk and E. M. Adams. He taught at the University of Richmond, New York University, the University of Miami, Duke University, and the Univers ...more
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