3 Volumes
1,773 Pages
1,007 Essays
Web Sites
Ready-Reference Top Matter
Applied Ethics Sidebars
List of Organizations
Category List
Biographical Directory

Child Soldiers
Daoist Ethics
Deep Ecology
The Principles of Morals
Genocide and Democide
International Red Cross
Kant, Immanuel
Medical Research

Other Elements
Publisher's Note
Table of Contents

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The Salem encyclopedia is more student than scholar oriented, with an accessible format, fairly short articles, and visual appeal.. this excellent revision should definitely be considered. Its relatively reasonable price should appeal to high-school, public, and academic libraries alike.


This well-organized, highly useful work will be popular with researchers and general readers... continues to provide accessible entry points for those grappling with ethical issues and concerns.

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Ethics, Revised Edition
Editor: John K. Roth, Claremont McKenna College
December 2004 · 3 volumes · 1,773 pages · 8"x10"

ISBN: 978-1-58765-170-0
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Ethics, Revised Edition

Ethics, Revised Edition is the first revision of Salem Press's highly praised Ethics, which was published in 1994. The revised edition adds more than 200 completely new essays to the original 817 essays and updates and expands many of those original essays. The main thrust of this revised edition is on applied ethics, with a particular emphasis on current issues.

This set expands the earlier work's coverage by addressing the many ethics issues that have come to prominence over the past decade. These include such religious topics as church-state separation, faith healers, Islamic ethics, the jihad concept, religion and violence, the Roman Catholic priests sexual abuse scandal, Scientology, and televangelists. The set also gives particular attention to business and labor ethics, with new articles on such topics as advertising, computer misuse, corporate compensation, downsizing and outsourcing, and the tobacco industry. New topics on political and economic issues include Congress, distributive justice, famine as an instrument of oppression, care of the homeless, lobbying, lotteries, minimum wage laws, and the fairness of taxes. Personal and social ethics issues are the subject of a similar number of new essays, which include topics ranging from cell-phone etiquette and workplace dress codes to premarital sex and professional resumes.

Some of the most important topics of the new essays concern the burgeoning field of bioethics; the new topics include biometrics, assisted suicide, cloning, genetic engineering, and stem-cell research. International relations is another field that is constantly raising new ethics questions. Among the topics covered in new essays in this field are the Bosnia conflict, globalization, Iraq, and terrorism. New topics dealing with ethics questions relating to more purely military issues include biological warfare and bioterrorism, the just war theory, mercenary soldiers, peacekeeping missions, and war crimes trials. Finally, there are new essays on recent figures whose ethical behavior--whether positive or negative--has been in the news, such as William Bennett, Bill Clinton, Louis Farrakhan, Saddam Hussein, Jesse Jackson, Martha Stewart, and Desmond Tutu.

Every essay begins with ready-reference top matter entries providing such information as dates and places of birth and death for important personages; dates of important events; an entry that provides the "type of ethics" to which the topic relates; and a brief statement of the significance of the topic to the field of ethics. In addition, each entry contains cross-references in the form of a "see also" line that guides readers to related entries contained in the set. All essays of 500 or more words include bibliographies. The bibliographies of all the original articles in the set have been updated through mid-2004.

Appendices include an annotated list of organizations devoted to ethics issues, with addresses and Web site information; a comprehensive categorized Bibliography; a Glossary of basic ethics terminology; a Biographical Directory of people mentioned in the essays and a Categorized List of Topics organized by types of ethics. There is also a detailed subject index.

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