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Author of the Month: Julie Van Camp

Published: February 15, 2010

Applying Ethics: A Text with Readings

Julie C. Van Camp, Philosophy (with Jeffrey Olen and Vincent Barry)

Published in 2010 by Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, this 10th edition of Applying Ethics: A Text with Readings represents the publisher’s best-selling text in applied ethics. The current edition has been updated extensively by Van Camp to include an all-new chapter on globalization and social justice with readings and case studies on sweatshops, illegal immigrants, health care and female mutilation. She has also added new readings on the ethics of care, gay marriage, women and euthanasia and class discrimination as well as new readings by such philosophers as Dan Brock, Virginia Held, John Rawls, Michael Sandel and Michael Walzer. The text features numerous case presentations so students can apply theoretical philosophical material to contemporary issues. New cases in this edition focus on stopping the sweatshops, the right to health care, the right of illegal immigrants to education, asylum for victims of female mutilation and punishing child rapists. Other units in the text address abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, genetic engineering, animal rights, environmental ethics, discrimination and computer ethics. The first seven editions of this text were prepared by Jeffrey Olen and Vincent Barry. When they retired, the publisher invited Van Camp to take over the editing responsibilities. She produced the eighth edition in 2004, the ninth edition in 2007 and this new 10th edition. She is also the author of Ethical Issues in the Courts: A Companion to Philosophical Ethics (2000, 2005, Wadsworth/Thomson). She is one of four winners of the 1998-99 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. Her Web site, “Freedom of Expression at the National Endowment for the Arts”, has been online since 1996 thanks to funding from the National Endowment of the Arts. She was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1980 and to the State Bar of California in 1986 and remains on active status with both. She received an A.B. cum laude in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University in Philadelphia, specializing in philosophy of art. She holds a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University, where she specialized in art law. The Huntington Beach resident joined the university in 1990.

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