Book Title: Applied Ethics Primer
Book Description: Every applied ethics course requires some brief introduction, survey, or primer on ethical theory and moral decision making. At the same time, spending too much time on argumentation and normative ethical theory can take precious course time away from the applied issues that are the focus of the course. The Applied Ethics Primer offers a concise introduction to both basic argumentation and normative ethical theory. Somewhat more inclusive than many similar resources, this primer offers students a taste of the truly global history of ethics, while still being squarely focussed on providing practical tools for ethical decision making and is appropriate for any introductory applied ethics course.
Every applied ethics course requires some brief introduction, survey, or primer on ethical theory. Without a robust introduction to and serious engagement with ethical theory, applied ethics courses risk merely teaching students how to rationalize their prejudices and preferences rather than teaching them how to critically assess and engage in ethical decision-making. At the same time, spending too much time on normative ethical theory can take precious course time away from the applied issues that are the focus of the course. A number of authors have developed ethics primers as parts of textbooks, but these tend to have two flaws. First, they tend to be specific to their applied ethics subdiscipline. This may make it harder for students to see the connections between the ethical challenges that arise in the particular profession or applied ethics context and those that arise in daily life. Second, they tend to be Eurocentric. Teaching applied ethics in a way that tacitly supports the view that all important and sophisticated ethical theory comes from Europe is fundamentally counterproductive, if not outright contradictory. It normalizes Eurocentric thinking in a pedagogical context that is meant to raise ethical awareness, enhance ethical reflection, and guide decision-making. The Applied Ethics Primer is written in a way that makes it possible to integrate it into any applied ethics course and the content is global, drawing on ethical theories and practices from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Indigenous traditions of North America, as well as feminist theory.
Applied Ethics Primer by Letitia Meynell and Clarisse Paron is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
Educational: Philosophy and ethics