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The Ethics Toolkit provides an accessible and engaging compendium of concepts, theories, and strategies that encourage students and advanced readers to think critically about ethics so that they can engage intelligently in ethical study, thought, and debate.

  • Written by the authors of the popular The Philosophers’ Toolkit (Blackwell, 2001); Baggini is also a renowned print and broadcast journalist, and a prolific author of popular philosophy books
  • Uses clear and accessible language appropriate for use both inside and beyond the classroom
  • Enlivened through the use of real-world and hypothetical examples
  • Cross-referencing of entries helps to connect and contrast ideas
  • Features lists of prominent ethics organizations and useful websites
  • Encourages readers to think critically about ethics and teaches them how to engage intelligently in ethical study, thought, and debate
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...Baggini and Fosl have provided an admirably no-nonsense tourthrough the crowded landscape of contemporary philosophicalethics." –Metapsychology Online Reviews

"The Ethics Toolkit is a truly innovative introduction toethics. Students will have the opportunity to gain familiarity withthe tools of ethics (concepts, principles, critiques, anddefinitions) before they are asked to build their own grand theoryof ethics. Far better than a dictionary or encyclopedia of ethics,The Ethics Toolkit provides readers with an appreciation of thecrucial role ethics plays in our lives." –Rosemarie Tong,UNC Charlotte

"This Toolkit is very appropriate for various pedagogical usesin university philosophy courses in ethics. Used thoughtfully inconjunction with other possible course readings, it will provideaccessible, reliable content helpful for clarifying assignments byfaculty and for furthering student learning." –EdSankowski, University of Oklahoma

"Very good sense, so clearly and neatly expressed, about ideasin and around ethics worth disagreeing about." –Prof. TedHonderich, University College London

"The Ethics Toolkit is a great resource for teachers, students,and general readers, and makes an extremely valuable accompanimentto primary texts in introductory ethics courses. It is much moreengaging than standard philosophical handbooks, which means thatone can read it cover-to-cover in addition to using it as areference for a wide and eclectic range of concepts that arecrucial to clear thinking about ethics." –Avery Kolers,University of Louisville

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405132312
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/2/2007
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 271,487
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Baggini is editor and co-publisher of ThePhilosophers’ Magazine. He is the author or co-author ofover a dozen books on philosophy. His journalism also appears innewspapers and magazines such as the Guardian, TimesHigher Education Supplement, and Times EducationalSupplement. His PhD was awarded by University College London in1996.

Peter S. Fosl is Professor of Philosophy at TransylvaniaUniversity in Lexington, KY, and recipient of the 2006 Acorn Awardfor Kentucky’s outstanding university teacher of the year.Educated at Bucknell University, Emory University, the LondonSchool of Economics, and the University of Edinburgh, Fosl is acontributing editor to The Philosophers’ Magazine andco-editor of the Dictionary of Literary Biography volumes onBritish philosophers. He has published on Hume, skepticism, thephilosophy of religion, and topics in the history ofphilosophy.

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Table of Contents



I The Grounds of Ethics.

1.1 Aesthetics.

1.2 Agency.

1.3 Authority.

1.4 Autonomy.

1.5 Care.

1.6 Character.

1.7 Conscience.

1.8 Evolution.

1.9 Finitude.

1.10 Flourishing.

1.11 Harmony.

1.12 Interest.

1.13 Intuition.

1.14 Merit.

1.15 Natural Law.

1.16 Need.

1.17 Pain and pleasure.

1.18 Revelation.

1.19 Rights.

1.20 Sympathy.

1.21 Tradition and history.

II Frameworks for Ethics.

2.1 Consequentialism.

2.2 Contractarianism.

2.3 Cultural critique.

2.4 Deontological ethics.

2.5 Discourse Ethics.

2.6 Divine command.

2.7 Egoism.

2.8 Hedonism.

2.9 Naturalism.

2.10 Particularism.

2.11 Perfectionism.

2.12 Pragmatism.

2.13 Rationalism.

2.14 Relativism.

2.15 Subjectivism.

2.16 Virtue ethics.

III Central Concepts in Ethics.

3.1 Absolute/Relative.

3.2 Act/Rule.

3.3 Bad/evil.

3.4 Beneficence/non-maleficence.

3.5 Cause/reason.

3.6 Cognitivism/non-cognitivism.

3.7 Commission/omission.

3.8 Consent.

3.9 Facts/values.

3.10 The Golden Mean.

3.11 Honour/shame.

3.12 Individual/collective.

3.13 Injury.

3.14 Intentions/consequences.

3.15 Internalism/externalism.

3.16 Intrinsic/instrumental Value.

3.17 Legal/moral.

3.18 Liberation/oppression.

3.19 Means/ends.

3.20 Metaethics/normative ethics.

3.21 Moral subjects/moral agents.

3.22 Prudence.

3.23 Public and private.

3.24 Stoic cosmopolitanism.

IV Assessment, Judgement & Critique.

4.1 Alienation.

4.2 Authenticity.

4.3 Consistency.

4.4 Counterexamples.

4.5 Fairness.

4.6 Fallacies.

4.7 Impartiality and Objectivity.

4.8 The ‘is/ought’ gap.

4.9 Justice and lawfulness.

4.10 Just war theory.

4.11 Paternalism.

4.12 Proportionality.

4.13 Reflective equilibrium.

4.14 Restoration.

4.15 Sex and gender.

4.16 Speciesism.

4.17 Thought Experiments.

4.18 Universalisability.

V The Limits of Ethics.

5.1 Akrasia.

5.2 Amoralism.

5.3 Bad faith and self-deception.

5.4 Casuistry and Rationalisation.

5.5 Fallenness.

5.6 False consciousness.

5.7 Free Will and Determinism.

5.8 Moral Luck.

5.9 Nihilism.

5.10 Pluralism.

5.11 Power.

5.12 Radical particularity.

5.13 Scepticism.

5.14 The Separateness of Persons.

5.15 Standpoint.

5.16 Supererogation.

5.17 Tragedy

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