A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox

Paperback | November 21, 2012

byAnthony Weston

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Thoroughly optimistic, A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox, Third Edition, invites students to think beyond the rigid "pro" and "con" positions of tough ethical problems and develops creative problem solving skills, moral vision, and opens a genuine dialogue. Provocative selections from a widerange of philosophers, essayists, community activists, and students are interwoven with Weston's own discussions to equip students with the tools they need to think critically about contentious issues.

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Thoroughly optimistic, A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox, Third Edition, invites students to think beyond the rigid "pro" and "con" positions of tough ethical problems and develops creative problem solving skills, moral vision, and opens a genuine dialogue. Provocative selections from a widerange of philosophers, essayists, community acti...

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 Mobilizin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:November 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Each chapter ends with "For Review" and "Exercises and Notes" sections.Preface: PART I. EMBRACING ETHICS1. Ethics as a Learning ExperienceWhat Is Ethics?Why Study Ethics?Readings: Alice Walker, "Am I Blue?"Ted Kerasote, from Bloodties2. Ethics-Avoidance DisordersFlying by InstinctOffhand Self-JustificationDogmatismRelativismUsing Your Tools #1: "Is Food the New Sex?"Readings: Mary Eberstadt, "Is Food the New Sex?"Maggie Castor, "Food and Sex Reconsidered"3. Ethics and ReligionAn Approach to Religious EthicsLet the Stories Be Stories!Thinking for YourselfReading: Jamal Rahman, "Making Peace with the Sword Verse"PART II. MORAL VALUES4. Taking Values SeriouslyVarieties of ValuesFamilies of Moral ValuesAttending to ValuesReading: Rayna Rapp, "XYLO"Using Your Tools #2: Values on the EdgeReading: Edward Abbey, "The Great American Desert"5. The Ethics of the PersonValuing PersonsReading: Philip Hallie, "Le Chambon"Kant's Categorical ImperativeReading: Immanuel Kant, from Foundations of the Metaphysics of MoralsRights, Equality, JusticeReading: The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights6. The Ethics of HappinessHedonismReading: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, from FlowUtilitarianismReadings: John Stuart Mill, from UtilitarianismBertrand Russell, from "The Harm That Good Men Do"Can Utility Be the Single Measure of Value?Using Your Tools #3: A Utilitarian Approach to PovertyReading: Peter Singer, "The Solution to World Poverty"7. The Ethics of VirtueAn Abundance of VirtuesA Greek View of VirtueReading: Aristotle, from Nicomachean EthicsA Chinese View of VirtueReading: Lao Tzu, from the Tao Te ChingCultivating the VirtuesReading: John Sullivan, from Living Large8. The Ethics of RelationshipCare EthicsReading: Nel Noddings, from CaringEthics and CommunityReading: Kwasi Wiredu, from "The Moral Foundations of an African Culture"The Expanding CircleReading: Aldo Leopold, from "The Land Ethic"Using Your Tools #4: Building a Student Code of EthicsPART III. SKILLS FOR ETHICAL PRACTICE9. Critical ThinkingFacts and SourcesInferencesDefinitionsQuick Reference: Critical-Thinking Basics10. Judging Like Cases AlikeConsistency Is a ChallengeHow to Restore ConsistencyHypothetical CasesReading: Colin McGinn, "Speciesism"Quick Reference: Judging Like Cases AlikeUsing Your Tools #5: Exploring the Welfare Question11. DialogueHow to Have a Fruitless DebateHow to Have a Useful DiscussionReadings: Mary Jacksteit and Adrienne Kaufmann, "The Common Ground Network for Life and Choice"Spoma Jovanovic, "Deepening Ethical Dialogue"Quick Reference: Ethical Dialogue12. When Values ClashRight versus RightIntegrating ValuesBig DecisionsReading: Roger Gottlieb, "Can We Talk? Understanding the 'Other Side" in the Animal Rights Debates"Quick Reference: When Values ClashUsing Your Tools #6: Can We Talk . . . about Marriage," Martin Fowler13. Creative Problem-SolvingThe Space for Inventiveness in EthicsCreative ExplorationsCreative ProvocationsQuick Reference: Creativity Basics14. Reframing ProblemsOpening Up a ProblemReading: Fran Peavey, "Strategic Questioning"Three MethodsCan the Abortion Debate be Reframed?Quick Reference: Reframing ProblemsUsing Your Tools #7: Reframing Bioethical Issues: Or, Where Ethics Meets Politics15. Moral VisionWorking from a VisionEnvironmental VisionsReading: Bill Thomas, from What Are Old People For?Quick Reference: Moral VisionPART IV. CHALLENGES16. Response-abilitySelf-PossessionSexual ChoicesReadings: Keith Clark, from Being Sexual and CelibateCarol Queen, from Real Live Nude GirlUsing Your Tools #8: Personal Ethical Mission Statements, by Nim Batchelor17. Making a DifferenceThe Power of OneBecoming a Change-MakerCommunities Making ChangeJoining a Change-Making Community18. The Future of EthicsThree Doubts about EthicsEthics Is InescapableTurning CriticalReading: William McDonough, "Design for a New World"Using Your Tools #9: Ethical Change ProjectsThe Toolbox in the ClassroomExperiential Teaching in Ethics, by Sharon Hartline, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Radford University