Ethical Process, The

Series
Prentice Hall
Author
Marvin T. Brown  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
3
Language
English
Total pages
88
Pub.-date
May 2002
ISBN13
9780130988898
ISBN
0130988898
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Description

For courses in all disciplines that use decision-making strategies to explore controversial issues.

This hands-on workbook helps students develop conceptual tools and argumentative strategies to move beyond merely having opinions to discovering and evaluating the information, values, and assumptions that underlie different positions on controversial issues and cases. Moves students from contentious debates to productive dialogues, and how to increase a group's resources so they can make better decisions.

Features

  • NEW - Stronger integration of descriptive and normative steps-Connects the different stages of Understanding Alternative Points of View and Evaluating Arguments from Different Ethical Approaches.
    • Links the steps of understanding and evaluation closer together, and places the worksheet on developing modified proposals at the end of the whole process.

  • NEW - Expanded and relocated presentation of disagreement (Ch. 1).
    • Introduces students to the topic of disagreement as a condition for engaging in the ethical process, and enables students to explore their experiences of, and attitudes toward, disagreement.

  • NEW - Revised chapter on the ethical process (Ch. 1).
    • Sets the conditions for engaging in the process, and gives students a new assessment page for competence in ethical reflection.

  • NEW - Expanded chapter on Understanding Alternative Points of View (Ch. 3).
    • Gives students a chart for exploring different levels of issues-the individual, organization, and social-and a page that shows an application of these three levels to the issue of business conduct in different cultures.

  • NEW - Expanded treatment of assumptions-Illustrated by displaying the democratic and feudalistic views of social relations.
    • Shows students another way of exploring assumptions-through already known world views, and encourages their involvement more than before.

  • NEW - Emphasis on the relationship between the three ethical approaches and feminist ethics.
    • Highlights how a relational perspective strengthens the application of the three ethical approaches.

  • NEW - Summary of the normative standards of conduct for business and other organizations.
    • Illustrates the connections between the three ethical approaches, organizational resources, and the virtues of integrity, fairness, and responsibility.

  • Treatment of ethics as a step-by-step process-Rather than as a set of moral principles.
    • Gives students an analysis for cases in accordance with the logic of argumentation.

  • Detailed worksheets and several exercises-Guides students through the process of exploration and evaluation of the reasons that support different views on controversial issues.
    • Gets students involved in exploring their own views and evaluating them in dialogue with others.

  • Extensive coverage of the three ethical approaches-Provides comprehensive background material and many aids in applying the approaches to controversial issues.
    • Shows how to use the ethical approaches in interpreting the material developed on the worksheets.

  • A demonstration of how to use argument as a form of analysis.
    • Presents the logic of argument in a dialogical context that encourages learning rather than posturing.

  • Emphasis on disagreement as a resource for learning-Promotes listening, analyzing, and critical thinking skills.
    • Teaches students the skills needed to deal with disagreement in a meaningful manner, so that their responses will not only help them make better decisions but also help them enrich the meaning of addressing controversial issues.

  • Both descriptive and normative analysis-Begins with students' opinions, explores them, and then uses ethical theory to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their everyday arguments.
    • Outlines a method to analyze students' current positions and then connects their positions with different ethical traditions-instead of first teaching theory and then trying to apply it to cases.

  • Integration of rationality and relationships.
    • Discusses the masculine ethic of justice and reason, and the feminine ethic of care and relationship-through a method that combines argument and dialogue.

  • Interwoven theme of the availability of multiple resources for making decisions-e.g., the different types of resources that support proposals-observations, value judgments, and assumptions.
    • Assembles the various aspects of human conduct-the context, the agents who must decide, the act of deciding, and the purpose for deciding.

New to this Edition

  • Stronger integration of descriptive and normative steps-Connects the different stages of Understanding Alternative Points of View and Evaluating Arguments from Different Ethical Approaches.
    • Links the steps of understanding and evaluation closer together, and places the worksheet on developing modified proposals at the end of the whole process.

  • Expanded and relocated presentation of disagreement (Ch. 1).
    • Introduces students to the topic of disagreement as a condition for engaging in the ethical process, and enables students to explore their experiences of, and attitudes toward, disagreement.

  • Revised chapter on the ethical process (Ch. 1).
    • Sets the conditions for engaging in the process, and gives students a new assessment page for competence in ethical reflection.

  • Expanded chapter on Understanding Alternative Points of View (Ch. 3).
    • Gives students a chart for exploring different levels of issues-the individual, organization, and social-and a page that shows an application of these three levels to the issue of business conduct in different cultures.

  • Expanded treatment of assumptions-Illustrated by displaying the democratic and feudalistic views of social relations.
    • Shows students another way of exploring assumptions-through already known world views, and encourages their involvement more than before.

  • Emphasis on the relationship between the three ethical approaches and feminist ethics.
    • Highlights how a relational perspective strengthens the application of the three ethical approaches.

  • Summary of the normative standards of conduct for business and other organizations.
    • Illustrates the connections between the three ethical approaches, organizational resources, and the virtues of integrity, fairness, and responsibility.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction to the Ethical Process.


2. The Resources for the Ethical Process.


3. Understanding Alternative Points of View.


4. Evaluating Arguments from Different Ethical Approaches.


5. The Ethical Process as an Argumentative Dialogue.


Appendix 1: How to Use the Syllogism to Uncover Implicit Value Judgments.


Appendix 2: Argumentative Dialogue on Drug Testing.

Back Cover

This new edition of The Ethical Process serves as an excellent supplement for courses in applied ethics and controversial issues. Employing a "workbook" presentation, the text provides students with a method of understanding the ethical dimension of issues and for making ethical decisions. The text's method helps students identify and sort out competing values and assumptions and critically examine their normative significance.

New to the Third Edition
  • New material on the 'ethic of care'
  • Additional material on interpretation
  • New material on the nature of disagreement
  • Enhanced use of the dialogical approach in previous editions

Reader Review(s)


"As a supplemental text, its content is superb! The text's emphasis on dialogue rather than debate ...is needed. Other texts do not contain this information. The students found the content of the text extremely helpful in getting to the 'heart' of issues as well as helping them to articulate their analysis more effectively." - Joy Benson, University of Illinois at Springfield