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A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox Paperback – December 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0195309676 ISBN-10: 0195309677 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195309677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195309676
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Exactly the kind of text needed for practical use by students. Weston speaks directly and concisely, using language that is easily understood by students, especially those in the sciences."--Terry Derting, Murray State University

"Excellent text. This book practices what it preaches. It's a fresh approach to an old problem--teaching ethical and ethical decision-making."--Harvey James, University of Hartford

"An exhaustive resource book which covers the range of experience, issues, and critical thinking that would suit a classroom format for the understanding of the ethical enterprise."--Daniel Rogich, State University of New York at Utica

"Looks great! Finally, a text that speaks to the needs of ordinary students in the typical ethics class."--R. Acampora, Hofstra University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Anthony Weston is a Professor of Philosophy at Elon University.

Customer Reviews

Anthony Weston did a superb job of describing the complex realm of Ethics.
J. Juarez
First off, I am not philosophy major, I am reading this book for a required class that I am taking, I think that it is well written and for the most part a easy read.
Christopher J. Geller
I have read through Chapter 8, and I knew I found a book that I could use in my class room.
Herschel Greenberg

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Beyer on September 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Most introductory ethics textbooks focus on the usual suspects: relativism, egoism, and the major competing ethical theories. In most, a discussion of ethical reasoning is limited to the first chapter of the book. In this expanded version of his previously published *A Practical Companion to Ethics*, Weston provides us with an introduction to ethics that places ethical *reasoning* at the forefront. The traditional material is also given some air time, but always in line with Weston's goal of teaching his readers how to *think* ethically.
Weston's book is a treasure for anyone coming to ethics in a formal manner for the first time. Much of what we see concerning "ethics" is, at best, intellectually sloppy. Weston's book provides us with a set of skills that can be adopted to make ethical reasoning a lot less sloppy, to the sure advantage of everyone. Some of the topic areas include: use of loaded language, how to reframe ethical problems, how to reconclie conflicting values, how to keep ethical debate from bogging down in the mire, how to use theories to make ethical decisions, and how to form novel solutions to ethical problems. His pedagogy is strengthened by his focus, in the last section of the book, on several current ethical issues, which are analyzed using the skills Weston provides in the earlier sections.
Some say skills can't be taught by reading, but Weston's book comes awfully close to putting the lie to this old saw. The activities at the end of each chapter provide both students, teachers, and laypersons with much meat on which to chew, making this an ideal textbook on ethical reasoning. Anyone interested in thinking better about ethics, which should be everyone, can profit greatly from this book, whatever their experience. But for those coming to the field for the first time, Weston's book is indispensible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Herschel Greenberg VINE VOICE on August 9, 2008
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I am a Community College professor. I teach many Critical Thinking classes in the English Department. In those classes, I cover Ethical Theories by introducting my students to the concepts of Egoism, Kantian Theories, Utilitarianism and Care Ethics (I know there are others, but we focus on those four). Knowledge of these theories help my students to think critically about situations in their lives, the world, and how other people behave. The theories compliment many of my other assignments. However, I teach these theories on my own without any book as reference. But Weston's book might change all of that.

I have used other books by Anthony Weston in other classes, so when I came across this book, I bought it immediately. I have read through Chapter 8, and I knew I found a book that I could use in my class room. Yes, I am writing a review without finishing the book. It is that good.

First, Weston's approach to organization is different than most ethics text books. He really wants to help the reader (usually the student) become active in their approach to ethics. It is more than just a bunch of theories--it is possible to put these theories into practice. Although Weston discusses the theories I mentioned above, there are no dedicated chapters just for them. Instead, the book is about how to think about ethics in the real world. He breaks the traditional classifications into a more "student friendly" approach. Instead of a chapter on just Egoism, he offers a chapter called "The Ethics of Happiness," which covers Hedonism and Utilitarianism. This will really help connect the core ideas, the foundations of the theories, together for my students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne B. Kinsey on December 14, 2006
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I submitted the following review for a class I was in, but thought it might be helpful to people here as well. I cut and pasted from word and not everything transfered, though I think you can get the main idea.

Anthony Weston is a professor of philosophy, environmental studies, and global studies at Elon University in North Carolina . Weston received his BA from Macalester College and his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan . He has authored several books including, A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox, A Rulebook for Arguments, A Practical Companion to Ethics, Toward Better Problems, Back to Earth, and An Invitation to Environmental Philosophy .

A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox, the focus of this review, is a clear and comprehensive introduction to ethical reasoning and application. Weston states the following concerning his aim in this work.

"The aim of this book is therefore to offer you the skills--the tools--to make more creative and constructive thinking possible in ethics as well. You should leave this book better able to understand what is at stake with moral issues, quicker to seek out the factual or conceptual or imaginative resources you need to make progress on them, and better able to contribute constructively, in both word and deed, to the ongoing debate about them. In a word, this book is meant as a contribution to your ethical intelligence--recognizing, as psychologists are now telling us, that "intelligence" takes many forms besides the mere recall of facts. A well-rounded person needs them all.
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