From the Inside Flap
Since the 1970s philosophers have devoted much attention to exploring the practical issues of personal morality such as abortion, euthanasia, and famine relief. Numerous collections of writings on such topics are easily available.
Over the same period much less attention has been paid to examining the ethical problems of public policy such as school vouchers, gun control, immigration, drug legalization, and same-sex marriage. The important work that has been done is for the most part uncollected and relatively inaccessible.
This book brings together challenging essays that address moral issues inherent in the policies of government. We hope thereby to encourage more philosophers to write about these matters and include them for discussion in courses devoted to applied ethics.
Throughout history philosophers have helped bring clarity and rigor to thinking about rights and wrongs in public affairs. We prize that tradition and seek to extend and enrich it.
From the Back Cover
Anthologies in applied ethics have devoted substantial attention to practical issues of personal morality, such as abortion, euthanasia, and famine relief. Much less attention has been given to examining ethical problems of public policy, such as school vouchers, gun control, immigration, drug legalization, and same-sex marriage. And much of the important work that has been done on these topics is for the most part uncollected and relatively inaccessible.
This anthology breaks new ground in bringing together challenging essays which deal with these and other moral issues inherent in the policies of government. The focus of this new anthology is on a wide range of topics, all of which raise compelling ethical problems, and all of which are hotly contested in contemporary public discourse. The selected readings are current, many written by leading philosophers, and the authors provide helpful introductions to each of the readings.