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Toward Better Problems: New Perspectives on Abortion, Animal Rights, the Environment, and Justice [NOOK Book]

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"Toward Better Problems is a work of considerable merit.... [Weston] is effective in showing how the 'theoretical' approach obscures the real values at issue and hinders their realization."


--James Gouinlock, Emory University





In Toward Better Problems, Anthony Weston develops a pragmatic approach to the pressing moral issues of our time. Weston seeks to address practical problems in the spirit of John Dewey: that is, by focusing on specific human concerns and multiple, overlapping values rather than on ...
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Toward Better Problems: New Perspectives on Abortion, Animal Rights, the Environment, and Justice

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Overview

"Toward Better Problems is a work of considerable merit.... [Weston] is effective in showing how the 'theoretical' approach obscures the real values at issue and hinders their realization."


--James Gouinlock, Emory University





In Toward Better Problems, Anthony Weston develops a pragmatic approach to the pressing moral issues of our time. Weston seeks to address practical problems in the spirit of John Dewey: that is, by focusing on specific human concerns and multiple, overlapping values rather than on abstract philosophical principles. Weston showcases his method in sustained discussion of four highly controversial areas: abortion, animal rights, environmentalism, and justice.





Weston takes up uncomfortable issues, such as how we raise food animals; test medicines, cosmetics, and chemicals on animals; and justify speciesism. He engages philosophically the treatment of land and seas as limitless garbage dumps, the creation of radioactive wastes and their disposal, and fundamental problems of social justice. But Weston's aim is not to "solve" such problems as if they were some kind of puzzle. The aim instead is to creatively transform such problematic situations into something more promising and tractable, thereby leaving us with "better problems."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439903544
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2010
  • Series: Ethics And Action
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 204
  • File size: 275 KB

Meet the Author

Anthony Weston teaches Philosophy at State University of New York, Stony Brook and is the author of A Rulebook for Arguments.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Practical Ethics in a New Key 1
Ch. 2 Pragmatic Attitudes 9
From Puzzles to Problematic Situations 12
Reconstructive Strategies 22
Integrative Strategies 28
Ch. 3 Rethinking the Abortion Debate 37
Against Drawing Lines 39
Multiple Relevant Values 47
Deciding the Question: An Integrative Approach 53
Social Reconstruction and the Abortion Debate 60
Ch. 4 Other Animals 69
"Speciesism" 71
Outlines of an Integrative Approach 77
Reconstructing the Human Relation to Other Animals 89
Ch. 5 The Environment 99
The Need for Environmental Ethics 101
"Intrinsic Values" in Nature? 107
Integrating Environmental Values: Toward an Ecology of Values 114
Reconstruction in Environmental Ethics 124
Ch. 6 Justice 133
Justice in Problematic Situations: Between the Prevailing Paradigms 135
Some Integrative Methods 148
A Reconstructive View: Beyond the Justice Debate 158
Ch. 7 Conclusion 165
The Question of Critical Standpoint 167
The Question of Optimism 174
Notes 183
Index 209
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