Doing Practical Ethics

Doing Practical Ethics

Doing Practical Ethics

Doing Practical Ethics


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Stoner and Swartwood's Doing Practical Ethics is the first book to offer a framework for acquiring the component skills required to philosophize about applied ethics. The book accomplishes this by providing clear Explanations and models of basic argument and critical thinking skills, Demonstration Exercises with solutions that provide clear and immediate feedback, and further Practice Exercises for honing skills.

This skill-focused textbook can be used in any intro to ethics or intro to contemporary moral problems course. It is equally useful for any applied ethics course, such as Bioethics, Business Ethics, and Environmental Ethics. It teaches students, through practice, how to analyze, evaluate, and construct moral arguments. Most instructors would also assign a reader or a set of custom readings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190078447
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2021
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.26(w) x 6.25(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Ian M. Stoner is Instructor of Philosophy at Saint Paul College. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota and is the author of articles in Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Res Philosophica, Metaphilosophy, and Teaching Philosophy.

Jason D. Swartwood is Instructor in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Paul College. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota and has received several teaching awards, including being a nominee for the 2018 Minnesota State Educator of the Year. His published work focuses on practical wisdom, moral reasoning, and philosophical pedagogy and has appeared in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, The Journal of Moral Education, Teaching Ethics, Philosophical Explorations, Think: Philosophy for Everyone, The Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom (edited by Robert Sternberg and Judith Glück), and Wisdom: An Introduction (forthcoming, edited by Sternberg and Glück).

Table of Contents

Introduction: How and why to use Doing Practical Ethics

Section I: Basic Skills and Techniques

Chapter 1: Recognizing Moral Arguments

Chapter 2: Generating Illustrative Examples

Chapter 3: Generating Counterexamples

Chapter 4: Representing Arguments in Standard Form

Section II: Argument from Principle

Chapter 5: Analyzing Arguments from Principle

Chapter 6: Evaluating Arguments from Principle

Chapter 7: Developing an Argument from Principle

Section III: Argument from Analogy

Chapter 8: Analyzing Arguments from Analogy

Chapter 9: Evaluating Arguments from Analogy

Chapter 10: Developing an Argument from Analogy

Section IV: Moral Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE)

Chapter 11: Analyzing IBE

Chapter 12: Evaluating IBE

Chapter 13: Developing an IBE


Appendix: Overview of Argument Forms
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