Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ethics in Action

Published a few months ago, Ethics in Action: A Case Based Approach is a collection of over forty case studies dealing with "real-life" ethical dilemmas in fields as diverse as health care, politics, and personal relationships. The cases are intended to help readers to develop critical abilities in the area of ethical decision making, and are ideally suited for use in class discussions. Each case is followed by an analysis made from three different perspectives: one commentator argues for a particular solution; the second argues against this solution and presents an alternative, and the third commentator shows why neither of these solutions are complete and provides an expanded analysis toward the morally preferable solution. As stated in the abstract of the book, "Through this, the reader is guided through a process of deliberation that leads to ethically defensible resolutions of moral dilemmas across a wide range of disciplines."

The approach taken in this book is modeled on the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, a academic competition that originated at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1993 and has grown into a nation-wide event that involves teams from around the country. You can find out more information about the Ethics Bowl, as well as how to participate in the 2009-2010 competition at our web site.

Ethics in Action: A Case-Based Approach by
Peggy Connolly, Becky Cox White, David R. Keller, and Martin C. Leever. Malden: MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Please stop by the CSEP Library if you would like to take a look at this new addition to our collection!

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