Compiled by Brian Stiltner; Updated May 2001 WEB SITES AND MULTIMEDIA Ethics Updates. http://ethics.acusd.edu(Maintained by Larry Hinman. A great place to start for ethics on the web. Includes bibliographic material on ethical theories and applied ethics; links to ethics centers, journals, and on-line essays; a small number of case studies and discussion questions; and a growing number of ethics lectures in Real Video.) Case studies links at Chowan College Center for Ethics. http://www.chowan.edu/acadp/ethics/studies.htm Cornell Law School. http://www.law.cornell.edu(One source for judicial opinions, including all Supreme Court opinions since 1990.) A course on ethics and literature. http://www.depaul.edu/ethics/gerde.html Medical Humanities at NYU. http://endeavor.med.nyu.edu/lit-med/medhum.html (A well-organized database of literature, art, and films that treat moral issues in medicine.)
EMAIL: Some journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, will email their contents to you weekly. The Communitarian Movement sends out a free email newsletter.
Ethics in America video series. (Eleven programs from PBS; roundtable discussions of ethical issues.) [SHU] VIDEOS: Other than the above, the SHU library does not have a lot. To track down your own, Films for the Humanities and Social Sciences is a good starting place.
Ethics in America sound recording. (Three audiocassettes introducing ethical traditions and ethical reasoning.) [SHU] Andersen, David, et al. A Right to Die? The Dax Cowart Case. CD-ROM. Routledge, 1996. (Case study of a burn victim who wanted to die. User makes choices and answers questions with saved answers.) Cavalier, Robert, et al. The Issue of Abortion in America. CD-ROM. Routledge, 1998. (Similar to the prior item. A better interface, with a number of case studies and background information.)
REFERENCE WORKS AND JOURNALS See Larry Hinman’s recommendations in the appendix, “Reading, Writing, and Constructing Philosophical Arguments” (in the reading packet) and on the Ethics Updates web site. Those that I have found particularly helpful, or that I would add to Hinman’s list, are the following:
Reference works: A Companion to Ethics (Oxford U., 1991, ed. Peter Singer); Encyclopedia of Ethics (2 vols., Garland, 1992, ed. Lawrence and Charlotte Becker); Encyclopedia of Bioethics (5 vols.); Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics Journals: Ethics; Philosophy and Public Affairs; Journal of Religious Ethics; The Responsive Community; Science and Engineering Ethics; Computers and Society
TEXTBOOKS/ANTHOLOGIES There are numerous anthologies in philosophical and/or applied ethics that each do fairly much the same thing. Take a look at the philosophy catalogue of any large publisher and you can find a volume to examine or purchase as a personal resource. The next two are good examples:
Hinman, Lawrence. Contemporary Moral Issues: Diversity and Consensus. Prentice-Hall, 1996.
Boss, Judith. Analyzing Moral Issues. Mayfield, 1999.
Bly, Carol. Changing the Bully Who Rules the World: Reading and Thinking about Ethics. Milkweed, 1996. (An off-beat, somewhat psychological, somewhat literary approach.) Pojman, Louis P. The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature. Oxford Univ., 2000.
On Doctoring. (Short stories and poems that prompt reflection on the medical profession.) On Moral Medicine; On Moral Business; From Christ to the World. Three large anthologies of readings in Christian ethics from Eerdmans Press.
Series of readers with pro and con articles: “Contemporary Issues” from Prometheus Books; “Taking Sides” from Dushkin Press; “Opposing Viewpoints” from Greenhaven Press. The last also sells pamphlets on narrower topics.
Poetry books in the Everyman’s Library series might prompt reflection on the relevant themes: Love Poems; War Poems; Friendship Poems; Animal Poems.
CASE STUDIES AND PEDAGOGY Case studies are everywhere, more often in ethics textbooks than in books specifically billed as case study collections.
Brown, Marvin T. Working Ethics. Jossey-Bass, 1990. (On business ethics by the author of The Ethical Process!)
Stivers, Robert L., et al. Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach. 2nd ed. Orbis, 1994 (Sixteen detailed cases with commentary; most involve Christian themes.) Wolfe, Regina Wentzle and Christine Gudorf, eds. Ethics and World Religions: Cross-Cultural Case Studies. Orbis, 1999 (Several detailed case studies, each with two commentaries from two religious perspectives; in all, many world religions are represented..) Strike, Kenneth and Pamela Moss. Ethics and College Student Life. Allyn and Bacon, 1997. (Case studies and commentary about issues college students may face. Could work as a reader in a course.) Strike, Kenneth and Jonas Soltis. The Ethics of Teaching. 3rd ed. Teachers College Press, 1998. (Case studies and commentary about issues college professors may face. Good for generating discussion with colleagues.) GENERAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACHES Carter, Stephen. Integrity and other works
Gaarder, Jostein. Sophie’s World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy. Faarar, Straus & Giroux, 1994. (A brilliant idea, wonderfully executed; a fun way to add to a philosophy education.) Halberstam, Joshua. Everyday Ethics: Inspired Solutions to Everyday Dilemmas. New York: Penguin Books, 1994. (A popularized introduction to the topic by a philosopher.) MacIntyre, Alasdair. A Short History of Ethics.
MacIntyre, Alasdair. After Virtue. 1981. (The most significant English-language work in philosophy since Rawls, and a challenge to much of what his system represents.) Nussbaum, Martha. The Fragility of Goodness. Cambridge Univ., 1986. (A powerful investigation of Greek tragedy and ethics. Nussbaum’s prolific works are worth study.) Nussbaum, Martha. Poetic Justice (1997) and Love’s Knowledge (1992) discuss the moral role of literature and offer readings of various literary texts.
Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. Harvard, 1973. (The dominant work of political philosophy of the 1970s; his influence still widely felt today. Represents the Kantian and social contract traditions that have shaped Western liberalism.) Taylor, Charles. The Ethics of Authenticity.
Wattles, Jeffrey. The Golden Rule. Oxford Univ., 1996. (A useful historical and cross-cultural study.) RELIGIOUS APPROACHES Carmody, Denise L. and John Tully Carmody. How to Live Well: Ethics in the Worlds Religions. Wadsworth, 1988.
Jersild, Paul. Making Moral Decisions: A Christian Approach to Personal and Social Ethics. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1990. (A slim volume introducing Christian ethics.)
SOCIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES Bellah, Robert N., et al. Habits of the Heart and The Good Society Etzioni, Amitai. The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society. New York: Basic Books, 1996. (A sociologist who founded the “communitarian movement” in 1990.) Kohlberg, Lawrence, Essays on Moral Development, vol. 1 (Harper and Row, 1981) and Carol Gilligan, In a Different Voice (Harvard Univ., 1982).
Wilson, James Q. The Moral Sense.
Wolfe, Alan. One Nation, After All. 1998.
APPLIED AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS Baase, Sara. The Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Computing. Prentice-Hall, 1997.
Beauchamp, Tom and James F. Childress. Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 5th ed. Oxford Univ., 2001. (A highly influential textbook. A good set of cases in previous editions were incorporated into the text in the 4th ed., making them harder to find, but now 10 of them are restored to an appendix. Chapter 1 has an excellent summary overview and assessment of consequentialist and deonotological ethics.) Johnson, Deborah G. and John Nissenbaum. Computers, Ethics, and Social Values. Prentice-Hall, 1995. (Chapter 3 is about intellectual property.) Pence, Gregory. Classic Cases in Medical Ethics. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2000. (Very good bioethics textbook, organized around famous cases.) [SHU]
Vallance, Elizabeth. Business Ethics at Work. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995. (A state-of-the-field by a British philosopher.) [SHU]