Teaching Practical Ethics

TitleTeaching Practical Ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsEnglehardt, EE, Pritchard, MS
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Date PublishedFall2013
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0739098X
Keywords1710-1796 , 1794-1866 , applied , Bernard , C. , COMMON , conduct , DAVIS , Dugald , duties , ethics , GERT , HARRIS , Michael , Philosophical , Practical , PRINCIPLE , REID , Study , systems , theory , Thomas , WHEWELL , William
AbstractA common view is that, whether taught in philosophy departments or elsewhere, practical ethics should include some introduction to philosophical ethics. But even an entire course cannot afford much time for this and expect to do justice to ethical concerns in the practical area (for example, business, engineering, or medicine). The concern is that ethical theories would need to be "watered down," or over-simplified. So, we should not expect that this will be in good keeping with either the theories or the practical concerns. In addressing this problem, we turn to philosopher Thomas Reid ( 1710-1796). He insisted that, because morality is for everyone, one needn't be a philosopher to understand its requirements. Although it can be useful to organize our moral thinking around a few basic principles, a system of morality is more like a system of botany or mineralogy than geometry. Noting this can guide us in constructing effective courses in practical ethics. 
NotesEnglehardt, Elaine E. 1 Pritchard, Michael S. 2; Affiliation: 1: Utah Valley University 2: Western Michigan University; Source Info: Fall2013, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p161; Subject Term: APPLIED ethics; Subject Term: CONDUCT of life; Subject Term: ETHICS -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: STUDY & teaching; Author-Supplied Keyword: Bernard Gert; Author-Supplied Keyword: C. E. Harris; Author-Supplied Keyword: common sense ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Dugald Stewart; Author-Supplied Keyword: duties; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics across the curriculum; Author-Supplied Keyword: Michael Davis; Author-Supplied Keyword: philosophical ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: practical ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: principle of universalizability; Author-Supplied Keyword: systems of morals; Author-Supplied Keyword: theory of morals; Author-Supplied Keyword: Thomas Reid; Author-Supplied Keyword: William Whewell; People: DAVIS, Michael; People: GERT, Bernard; People: HARRIS, C. E.; People: REID, Thomas, 1710-1796; People: WHEWELL, William, 1794-1866; Number of Pages: 13p; Document Type: Article