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EthiCola is a program to help students learn moral philosophy. It was last modified on 11 January 2018 to fit the new third edition of my ethics textbook. If you ever have problems updating the program within EthiCola, just come back to this page to re-install it.

Click here to install it on Macintosh, or here to install it on Linux.

To install EthiCola in Windows:

After you click, you'll be asked: Do you want to RUN or SAVE this file? Click RUN; and keep insisting, if asked, that yes you do want to run this file. (If you get dire warnings about this being an unknown program that may harm your computer, you'll have to click your way around these warnings.) Soon this dialog box will appear:

Or click here to install EthiCola in Windows

Teachers: Check the box to install the score processor.

After you install EthiCola, click the cola-can icon to start the program:
If you installed to your flash drive, open it using MY COMPUTER so you can get to the EthiCola icon.
Cola-can icon
If you installed to your computer, the icon will be on your desktop or on your Start-menu program list.

Formal Ethics Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction, third edition BOOKS: EthiCola goes with two of Gensler's Routledge books: Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (2018, 2011, and 1998 - click here for third-edition improvements) and Formal Ethics (1996).

TOUCHSCREENS AND TABLETS: You can do EthiCola using only touch, or using mouse-and-keyboard. EthiCola works nicely on Window tablets.

CLOUD SYNC: If you want to install EthiCola on multiple computers (not on a flash drive) and keep EthiCola scoring and configuration data in sync on all these computers, install a free Dropbox on each computer's desktop and turn on Cloud Sync using EthiCola's OPTIONS menu.

Cloud sync uses Dropbox. Click here to get free 2-GB cloud storage.

FURTHER UPDATES: If I modify EthiCola, you can repeat the setup process to update your program. But it's easier to update using TOOLS | UPDATE ETHICOLA on EthiCola's menu bar. Updating either way preserves your scores.

NON-WEB INSTALL: Not using the Web, you can install EthiCola to a flash drive from any computer that has EthiCola installed, using TOOLS | COPY SCORES OR PROGRAM TO FLASH DRIVE on EthiCola's menu bar. Or you can just copy the EthiCola.exe program file to another computer (for example, to the desktop).

WINDOWS VERSIONS: The current Windows EthiCola should work with Windows XP-Vista-7-8-or-10, whether 32- or 64-bit. For earlier Windows or DOS, use these zipped forms of my earlier MultiCola program for the Ethics and Formal Ethics books and the corresponding score processing program. EthiCola uses a different score format than the earlier MultiCola program; for EthiCola, you need to use the newer EthiSkor score processing program that installs with the EthiCola if you check the box to install it.

MACINTOSH & LINUX: You can also run EthiCola in Macintosh or Linux.

iPads: You can run EthiCola on an iPad (or even an iPhone or iPod Touch) using a "remote server." Open the app store, get the free PocketCloud app, and follow the directions to set up PocketCloud on a Windows computer (on which you install EthiCola). Then you can run EthiCola on your iPad through this remote computer; however it's very slugglish and each remote computer can service only one iPad at a time. But could this basic idea over time evolve into something more usable?

BLACKBOARD: You can set up Blackboard so that students can submit scores as WebCT assignments; see Chris Weigand's YouTube video and written instructions (both are about LogiCola scores, but EthiCola scores work the same way).

SHIRTS: Get a Golden Rule shirt (many styles available).

HANDOUT: Here's a handout about downloading EthiCola that teachers can give to their students - and here's one about running EthiCola on a Macintosh.

OLDER BROTHER: EthiCola has an older brother, LogiCola, about logic.

CHROMEBOOKS and ANDROID DEVICES: Codeweavers is working on a program that would let EthiCola (and most other Windows programs) run on Chromebooks and Android devices that use an Intel processor. I've tried a preliminary version of their program on an Acer R11 Chromebook and EthiCola works somewhat using it, but it's not yet fully usable (maybe later!).

These are SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS you can access also from EthiCola's HELP menu:

FOR THE THIRD EDITION of Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction, you can get a teacher manual and classroom slides for individual chapters: Introduction, Cultural Relativism, Subjectivism, Supernaturalism, Intuitionism, Emotivism, Prescriptivism, GR Logic, GR Applications, GR Frameworks, Consequentialism, Nonconsequentialism, Synthesis Chapter.

FOR ETHICOLA: EthiCola News, EthiCola help file, EthiSkor help file, how to download EthiCola, and running EthiCola on a Macintosh.

ON THE GOLDEN RULE: GR Web Page (with lots of goodies), GR video (51 minutes, YouTube), GR video (shorter 17 minute version, YouTube), GR history video (26 minutes, YouTube), GR shirts (Web page), GR in World Religions slide-poster, GR poster for printing on 8.5x11 inch paper, GR poster for printing on 11x17 inch paper, GR poster for printing on A4 paper (210x297 mm), GR in many thinkers slide-poster, and Get Paul McKenna's poster (Web page).

FOR OLDER EDITIONS of Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction, you can get a teacher manual (second edition or first edition), and classroom slides for individual chapters: Introduction, Cultural Relativism, Subjectivism, Supernaturalism, Intuitionism, Emotivism, Prescriptivism, Consistency, The Golden Rule, Moral Rationality, Consequentialism, Nonconsequentialism, Virtue, Natural Law, Synthesis Chapter.

This is the preface for the third edition of my Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Press, 2018), which can be ordered from Amazon or Routledge.
This third edition of Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction, while building on the strengths of earlier editions, has some major improvements.

The basic plan is the same, but enhanced. Get students to struggle with the big questions about morality. Start with a dreadful view that so many of them like - that good is relative to culture, that "good" means "socially approved." Use a fictional Ima Relativist student to present the view convincingly; then demolish the view. Push students to think critically instead of just accepting what sounds good. Get them to ask how, in such a diverse world, we can think out moral issues together in the wisest and most rational way. Study views that base ethics on feelings, God's will, or reason; focus on good points and flaws in the views. Then move toward a sophisticated version of earth's most global general moral perspective - the golden rule, "Treat other as you want to be treated." Emphasize the importance of knowing how your action affects others, imagining yourself on the receiving end of the action, and treating others only as you're willing to be treated in the same situation. Apply this to areas like racism and sexism, global warming, teaching morality to children, animal treatment, immigration, and professional ethics. Explore how the golden rule is global and connects to world religions and evolution. Then investigate utilitarianism and nonconsequentialism, and issues about virtue and justice. To wrap up, apply the various views in the book to the hotly disputed topic of abortion. Along the way, be clear, concise, and direct - and provide great examples, class slides, and computer instructional software.

I'm happy with how earlier editions were received. I've got much positive feedback from teachers, students, and general readers. And I'm gratified that the book was translated into French, Chinese, Thai, and Persian.

I've taught this book and the intro ethics course regularly the last few years. And I've written two further books on related topics: Ethics and the Golden Rule (Routledge 2013) and Ethics and Religion (Cambridge 2016). Both experiences gave me ideas on how to improve this book.

This third edition is better organized and flows more smoothly. Its division into four main parts is now clearer. I reorganized the golden-rule part into chapters on GR logic, GR applications, and GR frameworks. I cut out the separate chapters on virtue and on natural law, which interrupted the flow of ideas, and put these themes into other chapters in a more integrated way.

This third edition adds optional sections on advanced topics; teachers can choose to cover these in class, ignore them (the book makes sense without them), or just encourage interested students to read them. These sections extend the range of the book, now making it suitable for introductory to intermediate ethics courses. To see what these optional sections are about, look for "(optional)" in the Contents; the first six deal with Kohlberg's moral psychology, whether morality is gendered, types of relativism, early Greek ethics, Hume, and the prisoner's dilemma.

There are lots of other improvements. These include clearer explanations, better examples, names for key arguments, a better Kindle version, and a greater emphasis on consistency, global warming, multiculturalism, ethical universals, evolution and biology, and groupism.

I improved the companion EthiCola software, which runs on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. I adapted the program to Windows touchscreens and tablets, I made it easier to set up on a Macintosh, and I brought the chapter exercises up to date. EthiCola (with a score-processing program, teacher manual, and class slides) can be downloaded for free from either of these Web addresses (harrycola.com and harryhiker.com are clones of each other - so if one fails then try the other): http://www.harryhiker.com/ec or http://www.harrycola.com/ec. The teacher manual and class slides are conveniently accessible from EthiCola's HELP menu; so I suggest that you just install EthiCola (teachers should check the option to install the score processor too).

I wish to thank all who have somehow contributed to this third edition. I thank Andy Beck at Routledge and his staff and reviewers, who made good suggestions. I thank my ethics students, especially those whose puzzled looks pushed me to make things clearer. And I thank the many teachers, students, and self-learners who have e-mailed me over the years.

I hope you enjoy the book. I hope it deepens your appreciation of the golden rule. And I hope it helps you think more clearly about one of life's central questions: "How can we form our moral beliefs in the wisest and most rational way?"

Harry J. Gensler
Philosophy Department
Loyola University
Chicago, IL 60660 USA

Some quotes from reviewers

"No one weds philosophical rigor to undergraduate pedagogy like Gensler. His comprehensive explanations remain exceptionally accessible for any reader, while the addition of optional sections on advanced topics and greater emphasis on issues like global warming and multiculturalism have amplified the book's instructional power."

Joseph Steineger, Lindenwood University

"A broad and keen scholar and an engaging and crystal-clear teacher, Harry Gensler introduces ethics with an approach that is truly fresh. He shows how the golden rule of treating others only in ways that are consistent with how we want to be treated can be developed into a rational framework for ethics; and he treats an ample range of problems in theoretical and applied ethics."

Jeffrey Wattles, Kent State University, Emeritus

"Harry Gensler's Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction is one of the very best books of its kind. It is widely used and has been translated into four different languages. This new and improved version of Gensler's textbook is notable for its clarity and rigor. It is particularly helpful in the way it sets out strong arguments for and against many important views and theories. Students who use this book will learn a great deal about logic and critical thinking."

Thomas Carson, Loyola University Chicago

"Fr. Gensler makes significant modifications to his Second Edition in this his Third Edition of his incisive introduction to philosophy. He retains his focus on the golden rule, but now applies its ethical reasoning to more cases and also includes more advanced topics. Students will benefit in particular from the upgraded Ethicola instructional program that is included with the text."

James Swindal, Duquesne University