Ethics The Basics

ISBN-10: 1405189932

ISBN-13: 9781405189934

Edition: 2009

Authors: John Mizzoni
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Description: This book provides an ethical framework for undergraduate college students to use to think about ethical issues. The main instructional strategy that defines the structure of the book is to provide students with the fundamental components of ethics laid out for them in a convenient format. In my teaching experience, I have found it highly effective to present a grouping of living ethical traditions, each with an associated key set of ethical concepts and ethical principles. The material in this book has been class tested. Every year I teach ethics to a minimum of seventy students. The eleven diagrams I have sprinkled throughout the chapters derive from diagrams I have used on a chalkboard in my classrooms. When the book is published I plan to adopt it for my ethics courses.Adopting a consistent structure in moving through the ethics material is a strategy that aids student understanding. One way in which I have maintained continuity throughout the book is by integrating the issue of relative ethics versus universal ethics-introduced in chapter one-in each of the subsequent chapters. Also, throughout the book the descriptions of the ethical theories are kept consistent and standardized, always with the word `ethics' coming second, e.g., Deontological ethics, Care ethics, Utilitarian ethics, Universal ethics, Relative ethics, etc. The last chapter is unique in the way that it tries to illustrate how all of the concepts, principles, theories and traditions can be applied to particular ethical issues. I use the metaphor of an ethical toolbox to explain how this collection of ethical concepts, principles, theories, and traditions can help us to highlight the important ethical aspects of both private and public ethical issues.

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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Introduction
Relative Ethics or Universal Ethics?
Relative Ethics
Universal Ethics
Cultural Relativism or Ethical Relativism?
Cultural Relativism and Universal Ethics
Ethics and Human Nature
Ethics and Human Rationality
Relative Ethics or Universal Ethics?
Conclusion
Concepts, Theories, and Traditions Introduced in Chapter 1
Review Questions
Discussion Questions
Virtue Ethics
What Are Virtues?
Aristotle, Happiness, and the Virtues
A Developmental Model
Universalism and Relativism Again
Virtue Ethics: a Guide to Good Behavior
Pros and Cons of Virtue Ethics
Conclusion
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Introduced in Chapter 2
Concepts, Theories, and Traditions Reviewed in Chapter 2
Review Questions
Discussion Questions
Natural Law Ethics
What Is Natural Law and Where Does It Come From?
The Natural Law and Universal Ethics
Natural Law Ethics and Human Nature
Natural Law Ethics and Virtue Ethics
When Following the Natural Law Is Unclear: Use the Pauline Principle
When Following the Natural Law Is Unclear: Use the Principle of Double Effect
Conclusion
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Introduced in Chapter 3
Concepts, Theories, and Traditions Reviewed in Chapter 3
Review Questions
Discussion Questions
Social Contract Ethics
Continuities and Discontinuities with Natural Law Ethics
The Principle of Self-Interest (Ethical Egoism)
The State of Nature
A Contract Involves Cooperation
A Contract Involves Rationality
Common-sense Morality (Properly Understood)
Social Contract Ethics Applied
Conclusion
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Introduced in Chapter 4
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Reviewed in Chapter 4
Review Questions
Discussion Questions
Utilitarian Ethics
Ethics Is Based on Feelings
Is <$$$> Ought: Shorthand for Hume's Theory of Moral Sentiments
Feelings, Utility, and Consequences
Utility and Happiness
Utilitarianism: Relativist or Universalist?
Utility and Equality
Utilitarian Applications
Conclusion
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Introduced in Chapter 5
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Reviewed in Chapter 5
Review Questions
Discussion Questions
Deontological Ethics
Duty-centered Ethics
Ethics of Freedom and Rationality
The Main Deontological Principle: The Categorical Imperative
One Form of the Categorical Imperative: The Principle of Autonomy
Another Form of the Categorical Imperative: The Principle of Universality
Duties Correlate with Rights (Usually)
Deontology: Relativist or Universalist?
Deontological Applications
Conclusion
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Introduced in Chapter 6
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Reviewed in Chapter 6
Review Questions
Discussion Questions
Care Ethics
Ethics Is Based on Feelings
Humans Are Relational Beings
Ethics of Principles
Virtue Ethics and Partiality
Feminine Ethics
Care Ethics: Relativist or Universalist?
Care Ethics Applications
Conclusion
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Introduced in Chapter 7
Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions Reviewed in Chapter 7
Review Questions
Discussion Questions
Conclusion: Using the Tools of Ethics
Living Ethical Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions
Ethical Issues, Both Private and Public
Useful Ethical Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions
Ethical Tools Are Not Mechanical Tools
How to Use Ethical Tools
Pitfalls and Practice
Wrap Up
Review Questions
Discussion Questions
Ethical Concepts, Principles, Theories, and Traditions
Ethical Principles
Suggested Readings
Metaethics
Select Bibliography
Glossary
Index
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