A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox / Edition 2

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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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"A highly accessible introduction to basic moral philosophy, particularly applied ethics. Weston effectively shows students how to develop and sustain critical and constructive thinking in ethics in the face of many temptations to follow instinct, plead relativism, or get dogmatic instead. I LOVE the pedagogical tools and extensive resources listed throughout the text and in 'The Toolbox in the Classroom' section at the end."—Karla Pierce, Florida State College at Jacksonville

"What is especially strong about the text is the pedagogy, its tone—which is quite suitable for students new to studying ethics—and its organization. Significant portions are dedicated to establishing how ethics is thought out and how one may integrate one's ethical thinking into one's life."—Kathryn Valdivia, University of San Diego and Cuyamaca College

"I find the book's most attractive features to be its short, readable sections, its optimistic tone, and its attempt to present many sides of a moral issue in a sympathetic light. The pedagogical devices are excellent, and I relied on them extensively in my teaching of the material."—Russell DiSilvestro, California State University, Sacramento

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195309676
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Elon University. He is the author of twelve other books including A Practical Companion to Ethics, Fourth Edition (2010), Creativity for Critical Thinkers (2007), and Creative Problem-Solving in Ethics (2007), all published by Oxford University Press, and Mobilizing the Green Imagination (2012).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Welcome to the Ethical Toolbox 1
I Getting Started
1 Ethics as a Learning Experience 9
2 Ethics and Religion 33
II Values
3 Paying Attention to Values 49
4 Families of Moral Values 68
5 Some Traditional Ethical Theories 83
6 When Values Clash: Theoretical Approaches 103
7 When Values Clash: Integrative Approaches 117
III Tools for Critical Thinking in Ethics
8 Finding the Facts 137
9 Watching Words 147
10 Judging Like Cases Alike 160
IV Tools for Creativity in Ethics
11 Multiplying Options 179
12 Problem-Shifting 190
V Putting Ethics into Action
13 Picking the Right Tools 203
14 Dialogue: Learning by Talking 218
15 Service: Learning by Helping 238
VI Contemporary Issues
16 Sexuality 257
17 Abortion 279
18 Business and Professional Ethics 299
19 Poverty and Welfare 321
VII The Expanding Circle
20 Animals 345
21 Environmental Ethics 364
Notes for Teachers: The Toolbox in the Classroom 383
Index 404
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