A Practical Companion to Ethics

Paperback | October 16, 2010

byAnthony Weston

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A Practical Companion to Ethics, Fourth Edition, is a concise and accessible introduction to the basic attitudes and skills that make ethics work, like thinking for oneself, creative and integrative problem-solving, and keeping an open mind. This unique volume illuminates the broad kinds ofpractical intelligence required in moral judgment, complementing the narrower theoretical considerations that often dominate ethics courses. It offers practical instruction in problem-solving by demonstrating how to frame an ethical problem and deal effectively with ethical disagreements. The bookalso presents ethics as an ongoing learning experience, helping students to engage constructively with both the complexities of their individual lives and with the larger issues that exist in the world around them. The fourth edition retains the most popular features of the previous edition, including challenging and relevant end-of-chapter exercises and brief text boxes that define key terms and review core strategies. The optimistic tone and brisk pace of the narrative provide an entertaining and intelligentguide to "everyday" morality. Ideal for introductory courses in ethics and applied ethics, A Practical Companion to Ethics, Fourth Edition, can also be used in any course related to critical thinking.

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A Practical Companion to Ethics, Fourth Edition, is a concise and accessible introduction to the basic attitudes and skills that make ethics work, like thinking for oneself, creative and integrative problem-solving, and keeping an open mind. This unique volume illuminates the broad kinds ofpractical intelligence required in moral judgm...

Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy at Elon University, where he has been named both Teacher of the Year and Scholar of the Year. He is the author of ten other books, including A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox, Creative Problem-Solving in Ethics, and Creativity for Critical Thinkers, all published in 2007 by Oxford University Pres...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019973058X

ISBN - 13:9780199730582

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Each chapter ends with "For Practice" and "Notes" sections1. Getting StartedWho Needs Ethics?What is Ethics?The Dogmatist and the RationalizerEthics and DiversityEthics as a Learning Experience2. Beyond AuthorityThe Limits of RulesThe Limits of CommandmentsLet the Stories Be Stories!Thinking for Yourself3. Ethical TheoriesSystematizing Moral ValuesThree Ethical TheoriesEthical Theories at WorkShouldn't One Theory Rule?4. When Values ClashConflicts: A Second LookIntegrating ValuesMoral VisionA Master Visionary5. Creative Problem-Solving in EthicsCreativity and the Essence of EthicsExpanding PossibilitiesReframing ProblemsBeyond Dilemma-ism6. Making a DifferenceChanging Your LifeChanging the WorldWriting to Make a DifferenceMaking Change Together