Revealing Ethics: Theory & Issues

Revealing® Ethics: Theory & Issues covers the basics of ethical theory and its application to contemporary issues that are often taught in introductory ethics and applied ethics courses. The text is written to provide user-friendly, broad, and balanced discussions of representative ethical arguments about key ethical issues that are prominent today. Learning is reinforced immediately with interactive exercises, open-response questions, and a large bank of review questions. Students keep a running journal of their developing thoughts as they work through the courseware.

The major ethical theories discussed in the first four modules are clearly applied to each ethical issue discussed in subsequent modules. Revealing® Ethics: Theory & Issues explores not only central philosophical theories such as egoism, utilitarianism, rights and justice, and natural law, but also up-to-date treatments of virtue theory and religious ethics. Instructors can easily choose which ethical theories to focus upon for each ethical issue. Each issue module provides historical and legal context of the issue, as well as a balanced application of the ethical theories to that issue. The final module reflects on the value of ethics and considers issues relevant to the future. Content is updated on an annual basis, expanding existing material with new developments related to each issue.

Revealing® Ethics: Theory & Issues Modules:

  • What Is Ethics?
  • Egoism & Utilitarianism
  • Justice & Virtue
  • From Nature to God
  • Abortion
  • LGBTQ
  • Capital Punishment
  • Euthanasia
  • Environment: Rights & Duties
  • Environment: Moving Forward
  • Future Ethics

About the Author: Paul Custodio Bube, Ph.D. (Lyon College)

Paul Custodio Bube is the W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion at Lyon College, Arkansas. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and his A.B. from the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Bube has written books and articles in the areas of religious ethics, environmental ethics, and process theology. Since 2014, he has been travelling to China working with a group of scholars and activists who are promoting social and spiritual change toward achieving ecological civilization. He has taught courses in applied ethics for over thirty years.

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What Is Ethics?

Loving Wisdom & Doing Right
  • Goals: Loving Wisdom & Doing Right
  • Conversation: Individuals & Their Ethics
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Nature of Philosophy
  • Branches of Philosophy
  • Putting It All Together
  • Summary: Loving Wisdom & Doing Right
  • Try It: Loving Wisdom & Doing Right
Saying What We Mean
  • Goals: Saying What We Mean
  • Facts, Values, Ethics
  • Conversation: Facts, Values, Ethics
  • Judgments
  • Non-normative Judgments
  • Normative Judgments
  • Moral Judgments & Ethics
  • Summary: Saying What We Mean
  • Try It: Saying What We Mean
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Egoism & Utilitarianism

If It Is Good for Me, It Is Right
  • Goals: If It Is Good for Me, It Is Right
  • Conversation: A Moral Argument
  • Ends Justify the Means
  • Ethical Egoism
  • Psychological Egoism
  • Hobbes & Rand
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Interests
  • Problems with Ethical Egoism
  • Summary: If It Is Good for Me, It Is Right
  • Try It: If It Is Good for Me, It Is Right
If It Is Good for Most, It Is Right
  • Goals: If It Is Good for Most, It Is Right
  • Utilitarianism
  • Bentham & Mill
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Preference Utilitarianism
  • Rule Utilitarianism
  • Criticisms of Utilitarianism
  • How Do You Make Moral Arguments?
  • Summary: If It Is Good for Most, It Is Right
  • Try It: If It Is Good for Most, It Is Right
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Justice & Virtue

Matter of Principle
  • Goals: Matter of Principle
  • Deontological Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Categorical Imperative
  • Conflicting Duties
  • Criticisms of Kantian Ethics
  • Theory of Justice
  • Criticisms of Rawls
  • Another Approach to Justice
  • Summary: Matter of Principle
  • Try It: Matter of Principle
In Search of Excellence
  • Goals: In Search of Excellence
  • Background on Virtue Theory
  • Virtue Theory vs. Other Approaches
  • Being Virtuous
  • Beyond Aristotle
  • Criticisms of Virtue Ethics
  • Summary: In Search of Excellence
  • Try It: In Search of Excellence
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From Nature to God

Just Act Naturally
  • Goals: Just Act Naturally
  • Background of Natural Law
  • Applying Natural Law
  • Criticisms of Natural Law
  • Summary: Just Act Naturally
  • Try It: Just Act Naturally
Is God Relevant?
  • Goals: Is God Relevant?
  • Nature of Religion
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Religious Ethics – Caveat
  • Approaches to Religious Ethics
  • Divine Command Theory
  • Covenantal Ethics
  • Putting It Together
  • Summary: Is God Relevant?
  • Try It: Is God Relevant?
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Abortion

Just the Facts
  • Goals: Just the Facts
  • Three Abortion Cases
  • From Cases to Generalities
  • Basic Terms
  • When Does Life Begin?
  • Medical Facts
  • Legal Background
  • Summary: Just the Facts
  • Try It: Just the Facts
Who Gets Hurt & Who Benefits?
  • Goals: Who Gets Hurt & Who Benefits?
  • Conversation: Abortion & Crime
  • Conflicting Results
  • Egoist Approach to Abortion
  • Inadequacies of Ethical Egoism
  • Utilitarianism & Abortion
  • Utilitarianism against Abortion
  • Utilitarianism for Abortion
  • Weighing Costs & Benefits
  • Being a Critical Reader
  • Summary: Who Gets Hurt & Who Benefits?
  • Try It: Who Gets Hurt & Who Benefits
Right to Life vs Right to Choose
  • Goals: Right to Life vs Right to Choose
  • Thought Experiment
  • Conversation: Rights of Women & Fetuses
  • Rights Arguments against Abortion
  • Rights Arguments for Abortion
  • Pro-Life & Pro-Choice in Dialogue
  • Rawlsian Justice & Abortion
  • Radical Justice & Abortion
  • Summary: Right to Life vs Right to Choose
  • Try It: Right to Life vs Right to Choose
Life Purpose & Being Prudent
  • Goals: Life Purpose & Being Prudent
  • Virtue & Abortion
  • Common Virtues & Worthwhile Life
  • Moral Wisdom & Abortion
  • Abortion & the Relativity of Virtue
  • Summary: Life Purpose & Being Prudent
  • Try It: Life Purpose & Being Prudent
May We Ever Kill Innocent Life?
  • Goals: May We Ever Kill Innocent Life?
  • Natural Law against Abortion
  • Natural Law for Abortion
  • Principle of Forfeiture
  • Principle of Double Effect
  • Summary of Natural Law Position
  • Summary: May We Ever Kill Innocent Life?
  • Try It: May We Ever Kill Innocent Life?
Commands, Covenants, Abortion
  • Goals: Commands, Covenants, Abortion
  • What Do Religious Americans Believe?
  • American Religions & Abortion
  • Reflecting: Religions & Abortion
  • Commands of God in the Bible
  • Covenantal Ethics & Abortion
  • Truthful Narrative in a Community of Virtue
  • Summary: Commands, Covenants, Abortion
  • Try It: Commands, Covenants, Abortion
Beyond Stereotypes?
  • Goals: Beyond Stereotypes?
  • Facts & Concepts
  • Status of the Fetus
  • Few Absolutists
  • Areas of Agreement
  • The Other Question
  • Summary: Beyond Stereotypes?
  • Try It: Beyond Stereotypes?
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LGBTQ

Vocabulary, History & Facts
  • Goals: Vocabulary, History & Facts
  • A National Controversy
  • Homosexuality: Basic Terms
  • Historical Views of Homosexuality
  • Psychological & Sociological Views
  • Nature or Nurture?
  • Legal Overview
  • Recent LGBTQ Issues
  • Summary: Vocabulary, History & Facts
  • Try It: Vocabulary, History & Facts
Being Gay: Harms & Benefits
  • Goals: Being Gay: Harms & Benefits
  • Conversation: Consequences
  • Consequences of Homosexuality
  • Egoists, Psychology, Homosexuality
  • Utilitarians, Psychology, Homosexuality
  • Egoists, Health, Homosexuality
  • Utilitarians, Health, Homosexuality
  • Egoists, Society, Homosexuality
  • Utilitarians, Society, Homosexuality
  • Exploring Teleological Issues
  • Summary: Being Gay: Harms & Benefits
  • Try It: Being Gay: Harms & Benefits
Discrimination, Hate & Marriage
  • Goals: Discrimination, Hate & Marriage
  • Conversation: Fairness & Discrimination
  • Homosexual Rights
  • Gay Bashing & Hate Crimes
  • Protection against Discrimination
  • Same Sex Union & Marriage
  • Homosexuality & Adoption
  • Justice & Homosexuality
  • Teleology vs. Deontology
  • Summary: Discrimination, Hate & Marriage
  • Try It: Discrimination, Hate & Marriage
Can Homosexuals Be Virtuous?
  • Goals: Can Homosexuals Be Virtuous?
  • Two Imaginary Towns
  • Virtue & Homosexuality
  • Virtuous Community & Homosexuality
  • Moral Models
  • Summary: Can Homosexuals Be Virtuous?
  • Try It: Can Homosexuals Be Virtuous?
What Is Natural Sex?
  • Goals: What Is Natural Sex?
  • Conversation: Sex in Nature
  • Sex in Nature
  • Orientation vs. Behavior
  • Moral Purpose of Sex
  • Purpose of Sex in Human Beings
  • Natural Law for Homosexuality
  • Summary: What Is Natural Sex?
  • Try It: What Is Natural Sex?
Commands, Covenants, Gays
  • Goals: Commands, Covenants, Gays
  • Religion & Homosexuality
  • Bible & Homosexuality
  • Christian Scriptures & Homosexuality
  • Creation, Idolatry, Homosexuality
  • What Does God Command?
  • Covenantal Ethics & Homosexuality
  • Convergence & Divergence
  • Summary: Commands, Covenants, Gays
  • Try It: Commands, Covenants, Gays
Seeking Common Ground
  • Goals: Seeking Common Ground
  • Evangelicals & Homosexuality
  • Evangelicals Concerned
  • Exodus
  • Common Concerns
  • Summary: Seeking Common Ground
  • Try It: Seeking Common Ground

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Capital Punishment

From Stoning to Lethal Injection
  • Goals: From Stoning to Lethal Injection
  • Parents on Death Penalty
  • Death Penalty: Key Terms
  • History of Death Penalty
  • Methods of Execution
  • Execution Complications
  • Students on Death Penalty
  • Update: Lethal Injection Protocols
  • Summary: From Stoning to Lethal Injection
  • Try It: From Stoning to Lethal Injection
Death Penalty: Costs & Benefits
  • Goals: Death Penalty: Costs & Benefits
  • Conversation: Deterrence, Prevention, Cost
  • Deterrence, Prevention, Cost
  • Death Penalty & Deterrence
  • Death Penalty vs. Life Imprisonment
  • Egoists & Death Penalty
  • Utilitarianism & Death Penalty
  • Questions for Teleological Ethics
  • Summary: Death Penalty: Costs & Benefits
  • Try It: Death Penalty: Costs & Benefits
Balancing Scales & Right to Life
  • Goals: Balancing Scales & Right to Life
  • Conversation: Retribution, Rights, Fairness
  • Retribution, Rights, Fairness
  • Kantian View of Retribution
  • Right to Life & Death Penalty
  • Wrongful Conviction & Death Penalty
  • Justice, Discrimination, Death Penalty
  • Summary: Balancing Scales & Right to Life
  • Try It: Balancing Scales & Right to Life
Stories of Two Fathers
  • Goals: Stories of Two Fathers
  • Personal Stories on the Death Penalty
  • A Father Seeks the Death Penalty
  • A Father Opposes the Death Penalty
  • Virtues & Death Penalty
  • What Would You Want?
  • Summary: Stories of Two Fathers
  • Try It: Stories of Two Fathers
Right to Punish & Right to Life
  • Goals: Right to Punish & Right to Life
  • Death Penalty: A Quote
  • Natural Law & Death Penalty
  • RIghtful Authority
  • Protection & Deterence
  • Moral Reform
  • Retribution
  • Summary: Right to Punish & Right to Life
  • Try It: Right to Punish & Right to Life
Bible, Covenants & Execution
  • Goals: Bible, Covenants & Execution
  • Religion & Death Penalty
  • Bible & Death Penalty
  • Covenantal Ethics & Death Penalty
  • Physician-Patient Covenant
  • Summary: Bible, Covenants & Execution
  • Try It: Bible, Covenants & Execution
Reconciling Differences
  • Goals: Reconciling Differences
  • Families of Murder Victims
  • Victims’ Rights
  • Retributive Justice & Restorative Justice
  • Right to Life, Abortion, Death Penalty
  • Summary: Reconciling Differences
  • Try It: Reconciling Differences
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Euthanasia

What Is a Good Death?
  • Goals: What Is a Good Death?
  • Decisions at the End of Life
  • What Is Euthanasia?
  • What Is Death?
  • Brain Injuries
  • Futility
  • Legalities & Euthanasia
  • Quinlan & Cruzan
  • Repercussions: Advance Directives
  • Death with Dignity Act
  • Summary: What Is a Good Death?
  • Try It: What Is a Good Death?
Choosing Death: Harms & Benefits
  • Goals: Choosing Death: Harms & Benefits
  • Conversation: Physician Assisted Suicide
  • Conversation: Withdrawing Life Support
  • Egoists, Utilitarians, Euthanasia
  • Egoism & PAS
  • Egoism & PVS
  • Utilitarianism & PAS
  • Utilitarianism & PVS
  • Teleology & Euthanasia
  • Summary: Choosing Death: Harms & Benefits
  • Try It: Choosing Death: Harms & Benefits
Right to Life vs Right to Die
  • Goals: Right to Life vs Right to Die
  • Conflicting Rights
  • Rights Arguments against PAS
  • Questions about anti-PAS Rights Arguments
  • Alternative Kantian Approach to PAS
  • Kant against Removing Tube Feeding
  • Kant for Removing Tube Feeding
  • Rawlsian Justice for PAS
  • Rawlsian Justice against PAS
  • Surrogate Decisions & Advance Directives
  • Radical Justice & Euthanasia
  • Rights, Justice & Euthanasia
  • Summary: Right to Life vs Right to Die
  • Try It: Right to Life vs Right to Die
Four Stories of Euthanasia
  • Goals: Four Stories of Euthanasia
  • Euthanasia in the Headlines
  • Nancy Cruzan
  • Terri Schiavo
  • Virtues & Vices
  • Professional Integrity
  • Dr. Jack Kevorkian
  • Dr. Timothy Quill
  • Professional Virtues & Vices
  • Compassion, Foresight, Concord, Privacy
  • Summary: Four Stories of Euthanasia
  • Try It: Four Stories of Euthanasia
When Is Dying Natural?
  • Goals: When Is Dying Natural?
  • Conversations: Euthanasia
  • Three Euthanasia Cases
  • Euthanasia & Double Effect
  • Extraordinary & Ordinary Means
  • Natural Law & PAS
  • Natural Law in Medical Ethics
  • Summary: When Is Dying Natural?
  • Try It: When Is Dying Natural?
Is Euthanasia Playing God?
  • Goals: Is Euthanasia Playing God?
  • Religion & Euthanasia
  • Religious Insight into Euthanasia
  • Genesis, Exodus, Corinthians
  • Other Biblical References
  • Divine Command & PVS
  • Covenantal Ethics & Euthanasia
  • Covenant & PVS
  • Religion & Death
  • Summary: Is Euthanasia Playing God?
  • Try It: Is Euthanasia Playing God?
Responses to Euthanasia
  • Goals: Responses to Euthanasia
  • Shared Concerns & Responses
  • Advance Directives
  • Summary: Responses to Euthanasia
  • Try It: Responses to Euthanasia
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Environment: Rights & Duties

Goals: Ecology, Pollution, Extinction
  • Goals: Ecology, Pollution, Extinction
  • Conversation: Environmental Footprints
  • Environment: Key Terms
  • Air Pollution
  • Global Warming
  • Water Pollution
  • Land Pollution
  • Plant & Animal Extinction
  • Summary: Ecology, Pollution, Extinction
  • Try It: Ecology, Pollution, Extinction
Goals: Do Nonhumans Have Rights?
  • Goals: Do Nonhumans Have Rights?
  • Conversation: Rights & Nonhumans
  • Rights & Nonhumans
  • Kant & Environment
  • Land Ethic
  • Deep Ecology
  • Rawls & Environment
  • Ecofeminism
  • Summary: Do Nonhumans Have Rights?
  • Try It: Do Nonhumans Have Rights?
Nature & Human Nature
  • Goals: Nature & Human Nature
  • Conversation: Environmental Responsibility
  • Humans & Nature
  • Our Relationship with Nature
  • Superiority of Human Nature
  • Humans as Part of Nature
  • Natural Law & Population Growth
  • Natural Law Interpretations
  • Summary: Nature & Human Nature
  • Try It: Nature & Human Nature

Fill the earth & subdue it.

  • Goals: Fill the earth & subdue it.
  • Religion & the Ecological Crisis
  • Response of American Religions
  • Stewardship
  • Divine Command & Environment
  • Biocentrism
  • Theocentrism
  • Implications
  • Summary: Fill the earth & subdue it.
  • Try It: Fill the earth & subdue it.
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Environment: Moving Forward

Overconsumption & Energy Crisis
  • Goals: Overconsumption & Energy Crisis
  • Resource Consumption
  • Bio-Fuels
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Geothermal & Wind Energy
  • Hydroelectric Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Future of Energy
  • Moral Responsibility & Environment
  • Summary: Overconsumption & Energy Crisis
  • Try It: Overconsumption & Energy Crisis
Saving People or Saving a Planet?
  • Goals: Saving People or Saving a Planet?
  • An Ecological Parable
  • Tragedy of the Commons
  • Egoist Solutions
  • Limits of Egoism
  • Utilitarianism & Environment
  • Utilitarianism & Sentient Beings
  • Summary: Saving People or Saving a Planet?
  • Try It: Saving People or Saving a Planet?
Story of an Environmentalist
  • Goals: Story of an Environmentalist
  • Virtue & Environment
  • Aldo Leopold
  • Legacy of Aldo Leopold
  • Virtues of Aldo Leopold
  • Ecological Role Model
  • Summary: Story of an Environmentalist
  • Try It: Story of an Environmentalist
Environment: Attitudes & Actions
  • Goals: Environment: Attitudes & Actions
  • Approaches to the Environment
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • American Attitudes
  • Lifestyle Choices
  • Doomed to the Tragedy?
  • Summary: Environment: Attitudes & Actions
  • Try It: Environment: Attitudes & Actions
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Future Ethics

A Bit of Crystal Gazing
  • Goals: A Bit of Crystal Gazing
  • The Future of Our Ethics
  • Issues in the Near Future
  • Issue of the Moment: #MeToo
  • Issues in the Distant Future
  • Summary: A Bit of Crystal Gazing
  • Try It: A Bit of Crystal Gazing
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