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21st Century Ethical Toolbox

21st Century Ethical Toolbox - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0195309676

Cover of 21st Century Ethical Toolbox 2ND 08 (ISBN 978-0195309676)
ISBN13: 978-0195309676
ISBN10: 0195309677
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 08
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2008
International: No

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21st Century Ethical Toolbox - 2ND 08 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195309676

Anthony Weston

ISBN13: 978-0195309676
ISBN10: 0195309677
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 08
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2008
International: No

A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox offers a uniquely practical and hands-on introduction to ethics. Thoroughly optimistic, the book invites students to approach ethical issues with a reconstructive intent--to ''break out of the box'' in order to make room for more and better options than the rigid''pro'' and ''con'' positions that have developed around tough problems like abortion and environmental ethics. In this book, ethics is treated not as an invitation to issue summary moral judgments or to construct and evaluate moral theories, but as an ongoing set of real-life challenges that call formultiple, integrated, and open-ended kinds of intelligence. Anthony Weston covers the skills that are vital to making real progress in ethics, including critical thinking, creative problem-solving, moral vision, mindful speech, and many more. Readers will find refreshing examples of real people andcommunities who have made progress in reframing and resolving ethical dilemmas by thinking and acting in constructive and innovative ways. Instructors can readily use the experiential and applied activities inspired by this ''toolbox'' of skills to design an interactive and collaborative ethicscourse, and students will find the resources and the encouragement to carry those skills into practice. A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox addresses a broad spectrum of compelling ethical issues, including abortion, sexual choices, what and how we eat, crime and punishment, fair trade, environmental justice, and many others. Provocative selections from a wide range of philosophers, essayists,community activists, and students are interwoven with Weston's own discussions. The text is enhanced by an extensive ''Exercises and Notes'' section at the end of each chapter and a detailed appendix that offers instructors advice on how to use this book in the classroom. New to the Second Edition: * A reorganized structure that covers a wider range of topics, grouped into four parts: Getting Started; Moral Values; Ethical Practice; and Making a Difference * A more diverse selection of sources that pays more attention to multicultural representation and religious ethics * New and additional readings from moral philosophers, first-rate writers, community activists, and college students, including Alice Walker, Ursula LeGuin, Bertrand Russell, Kwasi Wiredu, Aldo Leopold, and many others * A new chapter on ''Mindful Speech'' by Spoma Jovanovic, a leading figure in Communication Ethics * An all-new Part IV on how to make a real ethical difference * Ten review questions in each chapter that can also be used as test questions * A second appendix, ''Experiential Teaching in Ethics,'' by Sharon Hartline of Radford University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Welcome to the Ethical Toolbox 1
I Getting Started
1 Ethics as a Learning Experience 9
2 Ethics and Religion 33
II Values
3 Paying Attention to Values 49
4 Families of Moral Values 68
5 Some Traditional Ethical Theories 83
6 When Values Clash: Theoretical Approaches 103
7 When Values Clash: Integrative Approaches 117
III Tools for Critical Thinking in Ethics
8 Finding the Facts 137
9 Watching Words 147
10 Judging Like Cases Alike 160
IV Tools for Creativity in Ethics
11 Multiplying Options 179
12 Problem-Shifting 190
V Putting Ethics into Action
13 Picking the Right Tools 203
14 Dialogue: Learning by Talking 218
15 Service: Learning by Helping 238
VI Contemporary Issues
16 Sexuality 257
17 Abortion 279
18 Business and Professional Ethics 299
19 Poverty and Welfare 321
VII The Expanding Circle
20 Animals 345
21 Environmental Ethics 364
Notes for Teachers: The Toolbox in the Classroom 383
Index 404