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A Practical Companion to Ethics Paperback – September 16, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199730582 ISBN-10: 019973058X Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019973058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199730582
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Practical Companion to Ethics is an elegant book, both in concept and execution. Weston's approach to the material is engaging, and the book is clearly written. The examples are real and challenging."--Robert Jensen, University of Texas at Austin


"This book provides an outstanding bridge between the student and the study of ethics. It is brief and accessible and stimulates readers to pursue each topic further."--Daniel Campana, University of La Verne


About the Author


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 Press.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Jett, CMA on March 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love the approach of this book. I've always thought and taught that ethics are action or behavior oriented. That it's not enough to have good intentions. Mr. Weston presents an excellent argument that ethics goes "beyond living out our values to thinking them through." He encourages everyone to look critically at the both sides of issues and look for commonalities that unite rather than differences that divide.

A Practical Companion to Ethics is not only a quick and easy read, it also provides concise examples that clearly illustrate points that are more complex. If you are even remotely interested in ethics or values or where you stand on larger issues you will find value in the many approaches that are logically organized within its 94 pages. - Karen L. Jett, CMA author of Grow Your People, Grow Your Business
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2000
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I used this book as a basic introduction to Ethics with an introductory class. The easy to read and concise nature of the author was very helpful. The book wouldn't stand alone, but very useful as a supplementary text. Good sections in back for students and teachers. The section on Values Conflict is also good. I definitely would use this book again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Makinster on October 16, 2006
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I use this book as a supplementary text for a few of the philosophy courses I teach. As an introductory-level, supplementary text, it is quite helpful. One of Weston's core themes is how to promote constructive dialog, and how to avoid dialectical dead-ends. In a world beset with simplistic moral dualism, this is a handy toolkit.
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Take note of the title: A Practical ***Companion*** to Ethics. This book will not hold its own, and can hardly even be considered an introduction to the field. It's almost laughably thin; when I saw that it was on my senior-level journalism ethics class's syllabus, I almost wondered if it was a mistake.

As the shortest book I have ever used in a college-level class, this book serves as a glossing over of the subject, hitting the high points but not going into depth on any of them. If this book was designed to be used on its own, that would have dropped this down to two-stars, but as it is written to be used in tandem with a meatier, more course-specific book, it fits its role well. The student can use this to get a general handle on a topic without become overwhelmed, and this book manages to convey its points effectively; an early chapter provides an excellent debunking of using "Because the Bible says so" as an ethical justification.

Within its role, this book performs well. By itself it will not ensure a passing grade in an ethics class, but if it's on the "recommended" list don't skip it: it's definitely helpful.
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