I'm looking for an introductory text into philosophical inquiry of ethics.

I need this text to be exceedingly accessible (i.e. high school or undergraduate level) but still sufficiently philosophically rigorous.

I would like to use it as a required summer reading for second year philosophy students, so it can assume some basic philosophical background, but I don't want it to be overly technical (i.e. Kantian, lol.)

I'd prefer a text that takes a survey-like approach, probably one that touches upon the three major frameworks: virtue ethics, consequentialism, and deontology. Any suggestions?

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    Introduction to Ethics. – Mauro ALLEGRANZA May 11 '18 at 14:05
  • @MauroALLEGRANZA Okay, I was looking for a recommendation, not an education in how to conduct a Google search. I suspect some of the texts algorithmically suggested by Google do not meet my stated requirements. I was hoping that, you know, someone had read one and could recommend (or recommend against) it. But thanks? – simpatico May 11 '18 at 14:25
  • But you can use the search result to find useful info: the author is often owner of a Wiki's entry (e.g. Bernard Williams): you can read it and have useful infos. You can browse the ToC of books and read the Intros, to have some "feeling" about the content. – Mauro ALLEGRANZA May 11 '18 at 14:29
  • The Very Short Intros are often brief ans clear. – Mauro ALLEGRANZA May 11 '18 at 14:30
  • Yes, I am a fan of VSI. Have you read that one on ethics or you're just recommending the series in general? – simpatico May 11 '18 at 14:30

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