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The Ethics Toolkit: A Compendium of Ethical Concepts and Methods

The Ethics Toolkit: A Compendium of Ethical Concepts and Methods

Julian Baggini, Peter S. Fosl

ISBN: 978-1-405-13230-5 August 2007 Wiley-Blackwell 276 Pages

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The Ethics Toolkit provides an accessible and engaging compendium of concepts, theories, and strategies that encourage students and advanced readers to think critically about ethics so that they can engage intelligently in ethical study, thought, and debate.
  • Written by the authors of the popular The Philosophers’ Toolkit (Blackwell, 2001); Baggini is also a renowned print and broadcast journalist, and a prolific author of popular philosophy books
  • Uses clear and accessible language appropriate for use both inside and beyond the classroom
  • Enlivened through the use of real-world and hypothetical examples
  • Cross-referencing of entries helps to connect and contrast ideas
  • Features lists of prominent ethics organizations and useful websites
  • Encourages readers to think critically about ethics and teaches them how to engage intelligently in ethical study, thought, and debate

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Acknowledgements.

INTRODUCTION.

I The Grounds of Ethics.

1.1 Aesthetics.

1.2 Agency.

1.3 Authority.

1.4 Autonomy.

1.5 Care.

1.6 Character.

1.7 Conscience.

1.8 Evolution.

1.9 Finitude.

1.10 Flourishing.

1.11 Harmony.

1.12 Interest.

1.13 Intuition.

1.14 Merit.

1.15 Natural Law.

1.16 Need.

1.17 Pain and pleasure.

1.18 Revelation.

1.19 Rights.

1.20 Sympathy.

1.21 Tradition and history.

II Frameworks for Ethics.

2.1 Consequentialism.

2.2 Contractarianism.

2.3 Cultural critique.

2.4 Deontological ethics.

2.5 Discourse Ethics.

2.6 Divine command.

2.7 Egoism.

2.8 Hedonism.

2.9 Naturalism.

2.10 Particularism.

2.11 Perfectionism.

2.12 Pragmatism.

2.13 Rationalism.

2.14 Relativism.

2.15 Subjectivism.

2.16 Virtue ethics.

III Central Concepts in Ethics.

3.1 Absolute/Relative.

3.2 Act/Rule.

3.3 Bad/evil.

3.4 Beneficence/non-maleficence.

3.5 Cause/reason.

3.6 Cognitivism/non-cognitivism.

3.7 Commission/omission.

3.8 Consent.

3.9 Facts/values.

3.10 The Golden Mean.

3.11 Honour/shame.

3.12 Individual/collective.

3.13 Injury.

3.14 Intentions/consequences.

3.15 Internalism/externalism.

3.16 Intrinsic/instrumental Value.

3.17 Legal/moral.

3.18 Liberation/oppression.

3.19 Means/ends.

3.20 Metaethics/normative ethics.

3.21 Moral subjects/moral agents.

3.22 Prudence.

3.23 Public and private.

3.24 Stoic cosmopolitanism.

IV Assessment, Judgement & Critique.

4.1 Alienation.

4.2 Authenticity.

4.3 Consistency.

4.4 Counterexamples.

4.5 Fairness.

4.6 Fallacies.

4.7 Impartiality and Objectivity.

4.8 The ‘is/ought’ gap.

4.9 Justice and lawfulness.

4.10 Just war theory.

4.11 Paternalism.

4.12 Proportionality.

4.13 Reflective equilibrium.

4.14 Restoration.

4.15 Sex and gender.

4.16 Speciesism.

4.17 Thought Experiments.

4.18 Universalisability.

V The Limits of Ethics.

5.1 Akrasia.

5.2 Amoralism.

5.3 Bad faith and self-deception.

5.4 Casuistry and Rationalisation.

5.5 Fallenness.

5.6 False consciousness.

5.7 Free Will and Determinism.

5.8 Moral Luck.

5.9 Nihilism.

5.10 Pluralism.

5.11 Power.

5.12 Radical particularity.

5.13 Scepticism.

5.14 The Separateness of Persons.

5.15 Standpoint.

5.16 Supererogation.

5.17 Tragedy

"...Baggini and Fosl have provided an admirably no-nonsense tour through the crowded landscape of contemporary philosophical ethics." –Metapsychology Online Reviews


"The Ethics Toolkit is a truly innovative introduction to ethics. Students will have the opportunity to gain familiarity with the tools of ethics (concepts, principles, critiques, and definitions) before they are asked to build their own grand theory of ethics. Far better than a dictionary or encyclopedia of ethics, The Ethics Toolkit provides readers with an appreciation of the crucial role ethics plays in our lives." –Rosemarie Tong, UNC Charlotte

"This Toolkit is very appropriate for various pedagogical uses in university philosophy courses in ethics. Used thoughtfully in conjunction with other possible course readings, it will provide accessible, reliable content helpful for clarifying assignments by faculty and for furthering student learning." –Ed Sankowski, University of Oklahoma

"Very good sense, so clearly and neatly expressed, about ideas in and around ethics worth disagreeing about." –Prof. Ted Honderich, University College London

"The Ethics Toolkit is a great resource for teachers, students, and general readers, and makes an extremely valuable accompaniment to primary texts in introductory ethics courses. It is much more engaging than standard philosophical handbooks, which means that one can read it cover-to-cover in addition to using it as a reference for a wide and eclectic range of concepts that are crucial to clear thinking about ethics." –Avery Kolers, University of Louisville

  • An engaging compendium of concepts (such as bad and evil) and theories (such as consequentialism) relevant to the philosophical practice of ethical reflection and criticism
  • Written by the authors of the popular The Philosophers’ Toolkit (Blackwell, 2001); Baggini is also a renowned print and broadcast journalist, and a prolific author of popular philosophy books
  • Uses clear and accessible language appropriate for use both inside and beyond the classroom
  • Enlivened through the use of real-world and hypothetical examples
  • Cross-referencing of entries helps to connect and contrast ideas
  • Features lists of prominent ethics organizations and useful websites
  • Encourages readers to think critically about ethics and teaches them how to engage intelligently in ethical study, thought, and debate