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A Practical Companion to Ethics [Paperback]

Anthony Weston
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September 16, 2010 019973058X 978-0199730582 4
A Practical Companion to Ethics, Fourth Edition, is a concise and accessible introduction to the basic attitudes and skills that make ethics work, like thinking for oneself, creative and integrative problem-solving, and keeping an open mind. This unique volume illuminates the broad kinds of practical intelligence required in moral judgment, complementing the narrower theoretical considerations that often dominate ethics courses. It offers practical instruction in problem-solving by demonstrating how to frame an ethical problem and deal effectively with ethical disagreements. The book also presents ethics as an ongoing learning experience, helping students to engage constructively with both the complexities of their individual lives and with the larger issues that exist in the world around them.

The fourth edition retains the most popular features of the previous edition, including challenging and relevant end-of-chapter exercises and brief text boxes that define key terms and review core strategies. The optimistic tone and brisk pace of the narrative provide an entertaining and intelligent guide to "everyday" morality. Ideal for introductory courses in ethics and applied ethics, A Practical Companion to Ethics, Fourth Edition, can also be used in any course related to critical thinking.


* A new chapter (3) covers ethical theories and better outlines the place of practical ethics within philosophy
* Significantly revised and expanded chapters (4 and 5) on conflicts of value and creative problem-solving in ethics offer additional guidance
* A new concluding chapter (6) on "Making a Difference" explains how students can incorporate ethical thinking and practice into their daily lives and includes a text box on "Writing to Make a Difference"

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Editorial Reviews


"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.

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 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Companion 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking of Ethics March 27, 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Supplementary Text October 16, 2006
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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