A Practical Guide to Ethics

Living and Leading with Integrity

Rita Manning; Scott R. Stroud

First Edition • December 25, 2007 • 272 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813343822 • $45.00 USD$58.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780786732562 • $25.99 USD$25.99 CAN


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This essential new text is designed for courses in contemporary moral issues, applied ethics, and leadership. Emphasizing personal choice in the study of ethics, the authors take the reader on a journey of self-discovery rather than a mere academic survey of the field of ethics.A Practical Guide to Ethics: Living and Leading with Integrity helps students develop their skills in ethical decision-making and put those decisions into effective practice. Its unique focus on leadership, especially the moral dimensions of understanding one’s own values, teaches students to understand and, through dialog and negotiation, communicate their own beliefs as a step to building coalitions with those who may hold different views. It is also distinctive in combining ethical theory with both multicultural ethics (Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, feminism) and a practical orientation to moral decision-making and leadership.

Rita Manning is professor and chair of philosophy at San Jose State University.

Scott Stroud is lecturer in communication studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

1. Introduction
2. Reasoning and Communicating about Values
3. Moral Perspectives: Consequences, Respect, Character
4. Moral Perspectives: Care, Fairness, Professional Codes
5. Ethics around the World
6. Justice
7. Communicating with Integrity
8. The World of Work
9. Family and Friends
10. Global Citizenship


“A Practical Guide to Ethics is precisely what it claims to be. Written with an eye to application, it discusses ethical decision-making procedures in a thorough and accessible way. One especially attractive feature of the book is that it not only emphasizes the ethical dimension of communication, it shows readers how to be effective, ethically responsible participants in the communicative process.” —Daniel E. Wueste, Director, Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics, Clemson University; President, Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum

“All philosophers know the joy of theory. But to have any effect on improving the human condition, ethical theory must be brought into practice. Manning and Stroud do a wonderful job showing how ethical theory ought to be integrated to everyday life. A Practical Guide to Ethics outlines how the tools of philosophy can be used to address the moral quandaries of home, the workplace, and the public square as family members, colleagues, and citizens.” —David R. Keller, Director, Center for the Study of Ethics, Utah Valley State College

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