How to Arrive at a Considered Opinion: A Method of Analyzing Moral Issues in the Public Debates
- Publish Date: 1997-05-29
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Kenneth J. Zanca
This book is written for the non-philosophy major taking Contemporary Moral Issues or Intro to Ethics courses. It provides a method to research any complex moral issue in hundreds of print, periodical, and Internet research sources, and gives a model of the method applied to the question of capital punishment. It helps students to learn how to analyze a moral issue and teaches them valuable skills of evaluating evidence and discerning between right and wrong in cases where rights are in conflict.
Contents: Preface; Introduction: Basic Concepts and Terms; First Step: Define the Moral Issue; Second Step: Study the Issue's History; Third Step: Ask: What Do the Moral Philosophies Say? ; Fourth Step: Ask:^D< What Does Justice Require? ; The Method Applied: Is Capital Punishment Moral?; Appendix: Figures, Charts and Graphs; Index.