A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox / Edition 2

A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox / Edition 2

by Anthony Weston
     
 

"Taking a hands-on approach to introductory ethics, A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox provides students with a set of tools to help them understand and make a constructive difference in real-life moral controversies. Thoroughly optimistic, it invites students to approach ethical issues with a reconstructive intent, making room for more and better options than the… See more details below

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"Taking a hands-on approach to introductory ethics, A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox provides students with a set of tools to help them understand and make a constructive difference in real-life moral controversies. Thoroughly optimistic, it invites students to approach ethical issues with a reconstructive intent, making room for more and better options than the traditional "pro" and "con" positions that have grown up around tough problems like abortion and animal rights." "Ideal for introductory and applied ethics courses, this unique text does not treat ethics as a purely academic, historical, or theoretical subject, but as a wide-ranging and ongoing set of challenges that calls for multiple and interwoven kinds of intelligence. It covers the skills that are most vital to making real progress in ethics, including paying careful attention to the values at stake on all sides of an issue; looking for creative opportunities within difficult problems; critical-thinking skills such as defining key terms and making sure to judge similar cases alike; and learning how to engage in constructive dialogue." "Instructors can readily use the experiential and applied activities inspired by this "toolbox" of practical skills to design an interactive and collaborative ethics course. Students can carry these essential skills directly from this book into such projects as campaigning for environmental awareness and staffing local homeless shelters." "In addition to his own discussion, Weston includes gripping and provocative short selections from essayists, activists, and philosophers, and also cites his own students. Extensive "Exercises and Notes" sections end each chapter, and a detailed appendix offers instructors advice on how to use the Toolbox in the classroom."--BOOK JACKET.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195309676
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/26/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Welcome to the Ethical Toolbox1
IGetting Started
1Ethics as a Learning Experience9
2Ethics and Religion33
IIValues
3Paying Attention to Values49
4Families of Moral Values68
5Some Traditional Ethical Theories83
6When Values Clash: Theoretical Approaches103
7When Values Clash: Integrative Approaches117
IIITools for Critical Thinking in Ethics
8Finding the Facts137
9Watching Words147
10Judging Like Cases Alike160
IVTools for Creativity in Ethics
11Multiplying Options179
12Problem-Shifting190
VPutting Ethics into Action
13Picking the Right Tools203
14Dialogue: Learning by Talking218
15Service: Learning by Helping238
VIContemporary Issues
16Sexuality257
17Abortion279
18Business and Professional Ethics299
19Poverty and Welfare321
VIIThe Expanding Circle
20Animals345
21Environmental Ethics364
Notes for Teachers: The Toolbox in the Classroom383
Index404

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