Ethical Argument: Critical Thinking in Ethics

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Designed to immediately engage students and other readers in philosophical reflection, the new edition of Ethical Argument: Critical Thinking in Ethics bridges the gap between ethical theory and practice. This brief introduction combines a discussion of ethical theory with fundamental elements of critical thinking - including informal fallacies and the basics of logic - and uses case studies and practical applications to illustrate concepts. Author Hugh Mercer Curtler presents a carefully formulated critique of ...
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Overview

Designed to immediately engage students and other readers in philosophical reflection, the new edition of Ethical Argument: Critical Thinking in Ethics bridges the gap between ethical theory and practice. This brief introduction combines a discussion of ethical theory with fundamental elements of critical thinking - including informal fallacies and the basics of logic - and uses case studies and practical applications to illustrate concepts. Author Hugh Mercer Curtler presents a carefully formulated critique of ethical relativism, encouraging students to reason along with him and to question his argument at every point. This approach enables students to think systematically about ethical issues and to acquire basic skills in argumentation at the same time. They will learn how to bring principles to bear on ethical conflict, how to weigh pros and cons, how to recognize good ethical reasons, and how to distinguish sound argumentation from rationalization.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557785138
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 150

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Southwest Minnesota State University
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface: To the Instructor
Introduction: To the Student
Setting the Stage: Opening Dialogue 1
1 Is It All a Matter of Opinion? Relativism versus Objectivism 8
2 The Framework 40
Interlude: Rick and Nina Revisited 76
3 Devising a Procedure 81
4 The Justification of Ethical Claims 127
5 Ethical Argument in Action 141
6 Cases for Discussion and Analysis 159
Glossary of Key Terms Used in This Text 179
Index 181
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