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Doing Practical Ethics

Ian Stoner and Jason Swartwood

Publication Date - July 2021

ISBN: 9780190078447

256 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

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Doing Practical Ethics is the first book to offer a framework for acquiring the skills required to do applied ethics.


Stoner and Swartwood's Doing Practical Ethics is the first book to offer a framework for acquiring the component skills required to philosophize about applied ethics. The book accomplishes this by providing clear Explanations and models of basic argument and critical thinking skills, Demonstration Exercises with solutions that provide clear and immediate feedback, and further Practice Exercises for honing skills.

This skill-focused textbook can be used in any intro to ethics or intro to contemporary moral problems course. It is equally useful for any applied ethics course, such as Bioethics, Business Ethics, and Environmental Ethics. It teaches students, through practice, how to analyze, evaluate, and construct moral arguments. Most instructors would also assign a reader or a set of custom readings.


  • Offers a clear framework (Explanation, Demonstration, Practice) for developing philosophical and critical thinking skills essential to studying ethics, skills that will also serve students in other course areas.
  • Abundant Demonstration and Practice exercises: gives students a wealth of opportunities to practice-and in many cases check their work-analyzing, evaluating, and constructing moral arguments.
  • Ideal complement to any reader or textbook in Intro to Ethics, Contemporary Moral Problems, or any applied ethics course where students need to analyze, evaluate, and construct moral arguments.
  • Accessible to students in both format and price.

About the Author(s)

Ian M. Stoner is Instructor of Philosophy at Saint Paul College. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota and is the author of articles in Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Res Philosophica, Metaphilosophy, and Teaching Philosophy.

Jason D. Swartwood is Instructor in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Paul College. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota and has received several teaching awards, including being a nominee for the 2018 Minnesota State Educator of the Year. His published work focuses on practical wisdom, moral reasoning, and philosophical pedagogy and has appeared in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, The Journal of Moral Education, Teaching Ethics, Philosophical Explorations, Think: Philosophy for Everyone, The Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom (edited by Robert Sternberg and Judith Glück), and Wisdom: An Introduction (forthcoming, edited by Sternberg and Glück).

Table of Contents

    Introduction: How and why to use Doing Practical Ethics

    Section I: Basic Skills and Techniques

    Chapter 1: Recognizing Moral Arguments

    Chapter 2: Generating Illustrative Examples

    Chapter 3: Generating Counterexamples

    Chapter 4: Representing Arguments in Standard Form

    Section II: Argument from Principle

    Chapter 5: Analyzing Arguments from Principle

    Chapter 6: Evaluating Arguments from Principle

    Chapter 7: Developing an Argument from Principle

    Section III: Argument from Analogy

    Chapter 8: Analyzing Arguments from Analogy

    Chapter 9: Evaluating Arguments from Analogy

    Chapter 10: Developing an Argument from Analogy

    Section IV: Moral Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE)

    Chapter 11: Analyzing IBE

    Chapter 12: Evaluating IBE

    Chapter 13: Developing an IBE


    Appendix: Overview of Argument Forms