Free Ethics Textbooks

The Random House Dictionary defines ethics as “that branch of philosophy dealing with virtues relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.” Some refer to ethics as moral philosophy. What makes this field so interesting is that various cultures would define what is right and what is wrong quite differently.

Many professionals are faced with moral dilemmas every day. Ethics textbooks that may have been written for students in a particular field of study will be included here, rather than scattering them throughout The Free Textbook List. At them moment, there are ethics texts on our list that would be applicable to students studying information technology, medicine and business management.

List of Free Ethics Textbooks

European Textbook on Ethics in Research

European Textbook on Ethics in Research. Free textbook for researchers and ethics committee members with 21 case studies and discussions.

Information Technology, the Internet, Ethics, Society and Human Values

Written by: Philip Pecorino, Ph.D. (Queensborough Community College)

An exploration of computer and ethics – how computers and information technology have impacted us in ways recognize and in ways we have yet to discover.

Introduction to Ethical Studies

Written by: Lee Archie and John G. Archie

A free online ethics textbook by Lee Archie and John G. Archie of Lander University. Check out table of contents and where the complete text can be found.

Medical Ethics

Written by: Philip A. Pecorino, Ph.D. (Queensborough Community College)

Philosophy professor Philip A. Pecorino wants you to think critically about the moral dilemmas facing those in medical research and who provide medical care.

Perspectives on Death and Dying

Written by: Philip A. Pecorino, Ph.D.(Queensborough Community College)

Philosophy textbook on death and dying – grief, the definition of death, transplantation and other used for dead bodies, and end of life decisions.

The Anatomy of Ethical Leadership

Written by: Lyse Langlois

This ethical leadership textbook, written by Lyse Langlois, explores the corporate pursuit of performance and productivity without regard for the consequences.

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