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Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy
Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy (March 2014)
David Wong and His Critics
Yang Xiao - Editor
Yong Huang - Editor

A wide-ranging consideration of the work of contemporary ethicist David Wong.

Original, influential, and often controversial, ethicist David Wong defends forms of moral relativism. His 1984 Moral Relativity was a study of this concept, and his 2006 Natural Moralities presented a new and sophisticated account of it. Wong’s vision is of a pluralistic moral relativism; he does not defend all f...(Read More)
Hans Jonas's Ethic of Responsibility
Hans Jonas's Ethic of Responsibility (December 2013)
From Ontology to Ecology
Theresa Morris - Author

Articulates the fundamental importance of ontology to Hans Jonas’s environmental ethics.

Despite his tremendous impact on the German Green Party and the influence of his work on contemporary debates about stem cell research in the United States, Hans Jonas’s (1903–1993) philosophical contributions have remained partially obscured. In particular, the ontological grounding he gives his ethics, based ...(Read More)
Moments of Disruption
Moments of Disruption (December 2013)
Levinas, Sartre, and the Question of Transcendence
Kris Sealey - Author

Explores the ethical and political implications of Levinas’s and Sartre’s accounts of human existence.

In Moments of Disruption, Kris Sealey considers Emmanuel Levinas and Jean-Paul Sartre together to fully realize the ethical and political implications of their similar descriptions of human existence. Focusing on points of contact and difference between their writings on transcendence...(Read More)
Wonder and Generosity
Wonder and Generosity (June 2013)
Their Role in Ethics and Politics
Marguerite La Caze - Author

A compelling understanding of equality and difference in public life.

Wonder and Generosity provides a fresh account of how the passions of wonder—based on accepting others’ differences—and generosity—based on self-respect and mutual respect—can supplement each other to establish an ethics and politics of respect for sexual and cultural differences. Drawing on the work of bo...(Read More)
Issues in Military Ethics
Issues in Military Ethics (May 2013)
To Support and Defend the Constitution
Martin L. Cook - Author

Reflections on, and analysis of, ethical issues facing military service in the United States.

Reflecting on a seventeen-year career teaching at military educational institutions of the Air Force, the Army, and the Navy, Martin L. Cook finds a powerful but underappreciated basis for military ethics in the oath to the Constitution that members of the armed services pledge. In Issues in Military Ethics, Coo...(Read More)
John Dewey and the Ethics of Historical Belief
John Dewey and the Ethics of Historical Belief (April 2013)
Religion and the Representation of the Past
Curtis Hutt - Author

Uses the thought of John Dewey to address the ethics of historical belief within religious and critical historiographical traditions.

John Dewey and the Ethics of Historical Belief addresses the ethics of the representation of the past with a focus on the justification of historical belief within religious and critical historiographical traditions. What makes a belief about the past justified? What ma...(Read More)
On the Ethics of Torture
On the Ethics of Torture (April 2013)
Uwe Steinhoff - Author

A detailed, clear, and comprehensive overview of the current philosophical debate on torture.

The question of when, and under what circumstances, the practice of torture might be justified has received a great deal of attention in the last decade in both academia and in the popular media. Many of these discussions are, however, one-sided with other perspectives either ignored or quickly dismissed with minimal ar...(Read More)
Rethinking Autonomy
Rethinking Autonomy (January 2013)
A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics
John W. Traphagan - Author

Provides a critique of and alternative to the dominant paradigm used in biomedical ethics by exploring the Japanese concept of autonomy.

This groundbreaking book offers a critical examination of the concept of autonomy, one with major implications for biomedical ethics. Working from the perspectives of ethnography and medical anthropology, John W. Traphagan argues that the notion of autonomy as a foundational ...(Read More)
The Thou of Nature
The Thou of Nature (January 2013)
Religious Naturalism and Reverence for Sentient Life
Donald A. Crosby - Author

Explores the spiritual obligations of humans to animals from a religious naturalist’s perspective.

Humans share the earth with nonhuman animals who are also capable of conscious experience and awareness. Arguing that we should develop an I-thou, not an I-it, relationship with other sentient beings, Donald A. Crosby adds a new perspective to the current debates on human/animal relations ...(Read More)
Valuing Diversity
Valuing Diversity (December 2012)
Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future
Peter D. Hershock - Author

Uses Buddhist philosophy to discuss diversity as a value, one that can contribute to equity in a globalizing world.

Diversity matters. Whether in the context of ecosystems, education, the workplace, or politics, diversity is now recognized as a fact and as something to be positively affirmed. But what is the value of diversity? What explains its increasing significance? Valuing Diversity is a groundbrea...(Read More)
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