Morality Play: Case Studies in Ethics, Second Edition

Morality Play: Case Studies in Ethics, Second Edition

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 147860672X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Morality Play is an ideal supplement for ethics courses, offering a case study approach that is both flexible and practical. It provides three alternative methods of organization for universal teaching approaches: contemporary moral problems, ethical theories, and moral principles. The introduction illustrates how to effectively use case studies in the classroom and provides a short review of the fundamentals of argumentation and critical thinking.

Featuring ten new case studies, the latest edition continues to spotlight some of the most controversial, thought-provoking issues in ethics today. Themes such as crime and punishment, life and death, habitat and humanity, liberty and coercion, and value and culture are made relevant through insightful case studies drawn from newspaper accounts, legal opinions, and other factual sources. The cases present discrete problems designed to make readers examine their abstract notions about morality.

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abortion providers “to perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman, display the ultrasound images so that she may view them, and provide a medical description of the ultrasound images of the unborn child’s cardiac activity, if present and viewable” (Library of Congress Summary). The bill was not enacted. One of the controversial pieces of these “fetal heartbeat” bills is the issue of when and how fetal heartbeats will be detected. Although North Dakota’s House Bill 1456 bill does not

http://charactered.net/main/traits.asp Gilbert, Susan. 2003. “Scientists Explore the Molding of Children’s Morals.” New York Times, March 16, D5. The Josephson Institute of Ethics. n.d. http://charactercounts.org/ sixpillars.html Kagan, Jerome, and Sharon Lamb, eds. 1987. The Emergence of Morality in Young Children. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Nucci, Larry P. 2001. Education in the Moral Domain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Putnam, Robert D. 2000. Bowling Alone. New York:

every detail in the book is true matters little. First of all, Menchú did (accurately) describe her story as the story of all poor Guatemalans. Furthermore, whether or not every detail is true is less Pierce 2E.book Page 160 Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:24 PM 160 Chapter 5  Value and Culture important than the larger truth about repression and human rights violations. The fact remains that her book raised global awareness about profound human rights violations in Guatemala. DISCUSSION

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