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Thoroughly optimistic, A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox, Third Edition, invites students to approach ethical issues with a reconstructive intent--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. Employing an accessible, consistently engaging writing style, Anthony Weston covers the skills that are vital to making real progress in ethics, including critical thinking, creative problem-solving, moral vision, genuine dialogue, and many more. 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 extensive "Exercises and Notes" sections at the end of each chapter, new "Using Your Tools" sections after every two chapters, and a detailed guide for teachers as an appendix. Join instructors and students around the country who are using the experiential and applied activities inspired by this "toolbox" of skills to design interactive and collaborative ethics courses.

About the Author

Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Elon University. He is the author of twelve other books including A Practical Companion to Ethics, Fourth Edition (2010), Creativity for Critical Thinkers (2007), and Creative Problem-Solving in Ethics (2007), all published by Oxford University Press, and Mobilizing the Green Imagination (2012).

Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with "For Review" and "Exercises and Notes" sections.



1. Re-Introducing Ethics

What Is Ethics?

Ethics as a Learning Experience


Alice Walker, "Am I Blue?"

Ted Kerasote, from Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt

2. Ethics-Avoidance Disorders

Flying by Instinct

Offhand Self-Justification



Using Your Tools #1: "Is Food the New Sex?"


Mary Eberstadt, "Is Food the New Sex?"

Maggie Castor, "Food and Sex Reconsidered"

3. Ethics and Religion

An Approach to Religious Ethics

Let the Stories Be Stories

Thinking for Yourself

Reading: Jamal Rahman, "Making Peace with the Sword Verse"


4. Taking Values Seriously

Varieties of Values

Families of Moral Values

Attending to Values

Reading: Rayna Rapp, "XYLO"

Using Your Tools #2: Values on the Edge

Reading: Edward Abbey, "The Great American Desert"

5. The Ethics of the Person

Valuing Persons

Reading: Philip Hallie, "Le Chambon"

Kant's Categorical Imperative

Reading: Immanuel Kant, from Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals

Rights, Equality, Justice

Reading: from The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

6. The Ethics of Happiness


Reading: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, from Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience



John Stuart Mill, from Utilitarianism

Bertrand Russell, from "The Harm That Good Men Do"

Can Utility Be the Single Measure of Value?

Using Your Tools #3: A Utilitarian Approach to Poverty

7. The Ethics of Virtue

An Abundance of Virtues

A Greek View of Virtue

Reading: Aristotle, from Nicomachean Ethics

Chinese Views of Virtue

Reading: Lao Tsu, from the Tao Te Ching

Cultivating Virtue

Reading: John Sullivan, from Living Large

8. The Ethics of Relationship

Care Ethics

Reading: Nel Noddings, from Caring

Ethics and Community

Reading: Kwasi Wiredu, from "The Moral Foundations of an African Culture"

The Expanding Circle

Reading: Aldo Leopold, from "The Land Ethic"

Using Your Tools #4: Building a Student Code of Ethics


9. Critical Thinking

Facts and Sources



Quick Reference: Critical-Thinking Basics

10. Judging Like Cases Alike

Consistency Is a Challenge

How to Restore Consistency

Invented Cases

Reading: Colin McGinn, "Speciesism"

Quick Reference: Judging Like Cases Alike

Using Your Tools #5: Exploring the Welfare Question

11. Dialogue

How to Have a Fruitless Debate

How to Have a Useful Discussion


Mary Jacksteit and Adrienne Kaufmann, The Common Ground Network for Life and Choice, "Common Ground Rules"

Spoma Jovanovic, "Deepening Ethical Dialogue"

Quick Reference: Ethical Dialogue

12. When Values Clash

Right Versus Right

Integrating Values

Big Decisions

Reading: Roger Gottlieb, "Can We Talk? Understanding the 'Other Side' in the Animal Rights Debates"

Quick Reference: When Values Clash

Using Your Tools #6: "Can We Talk . . . About Marriage?" by Martin Fowler

13. Creative Problem Solving

The Need for Inventiveness in Ethics

Creative Explorations

Creative Provocations

Quick Reference: Creative Problem Solving in Ethics

14. Reframing Problems

Opening Up a Problem

Reading: Fran Peavey, "Strategic Questioning"

Three Methods

Reframing the Abortion Debate

Quick Reference: Ways to Reframe Problems

Using Your Tools #7: Reframing Bioethical Issues: Or, Where Ethics Meets Politics

15. Moral Vision

Working from a Vision

Environmental Visions

Reading: Bill Thomas, from What Are Old People For?

Quick Reference: Working from a Vision


16. Response-ability


Sexual Choices


Keith Clark, from Being Sexual . . . and Celibate

Carol Queen, from Real Live Nude Girl


Using Your Tools #8: Personal Ethical Mission Statements by Nim Batchelor

17. Making a Difference

The Power of One

Reading: Ian Frazier, from On the Rez

Becoming a Change-Maker

Communities Making Change

Joining a Change-Making Community

18. The Future of Ethics

Three Doubts About Ethics

Ethics Is Inescapable

Turning Critical

Reading: William McDonough, "Design for a New World"

Using Your Tools #9: Ethical Change Projects

Appendix 1: The Toolbox in the Classroom

Appendix 2: Experiential Teaching in Ethics by Sharon Hartline


Product Details

Weston, Anthony
Oxford University Press
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Philosophy | Ethics & Moral Philosophy | Applied Ethics
Philosophy | Ethics
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