Three Challenges to Ethics: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Multiculturalism

Paperback | August 15, 2000

byJames P. Sterba

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In this unique work, James P. Sterba argues that traditional ethics has yet to confront the three significant challenges posed by environmentalism, feminism, and multiculturalism. He maintains that while traditional ethics has been quite successful at dealing with the problems it faces, it hasnot addressed the possibility that its solutions to these problems are biased in favor of humans, men, and Western culture. In Three Challenges to Ethics: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Multiculturalism, Sterba examines each of these challenges. In the case of environmentalism, he argues thattraditional ethics must incorporate conflict resolution principles that favor nonhumans over humans in a significant range of cases. In terms of feminism, he maintains that traditional ethics should rule out gendered family structures and implement an ideal of androgyny. In regard tomulticulturalism, he contends that traditional ethics must endorse an ethics that is secular in character and that can survive an extensive comparative evaluation of both Western and non-Western moral ideals and cultures. The only textbook devoted to this topic, Three Challenges to Ethics is anengaging text for introductory courses in ethics and moral problems and is also interesting and provocative reading for scholars and general readers.

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In this unique work, James P. Sterba argues that traditional ethics has yet to confront the three significant challenges posed by environmentalism, feminism, and multiculturalism. He maintains that while traditional ethics has been quite successful at dealing with the problems it faces, it hasnot addressed the possibility that its solu...

James P. Sterba is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195124766

ISBN - 13:9780195124767

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Table of Contents

Preface1. INTRODUCTIONTraditional Ethics2. ENVIRONMENTALISMThe Human Bias in Traditional Ethics and How to Correct It3. FEMINISMThe Masculine Bias in Traditional Ethics and How to Correct it4. MULTICULTURALISMThe Western Bias in Traditional Ethics and How to Correct It5. CONCLUSIONA Peacemaking Way of Doing PhilosophyNotesBibliographyIndex

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"The blend of theory and factual content in Sterba's critical study of the relationship between traditional ethical theory and current concerns about ethical and social issues involving the environment, feminism, and the commitment to multiculturalism makes for a provocative and challengingcontribution to applied ethics."--E. Feingold, Pratt Institute