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Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights
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This book provides an overview of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals. Which, if any, uses of animals are morally wrong, which are morally permissible (i.e., not wrong) and why? What, if any, moral obligations do we, individually and as a society (and a global community), have towards animals and why? How should animals be treated? Why?

We will explore the most influential and most developed answers to these questions – given by philosophers, scientists, and animal advocates and their critics – to try to determine which positions are supported by the best moral reasons.

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Philosophy
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Textbook
Author:
Nathan Nobis
Date Added:
04/27/2020
A Concise Introduction to Logic
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A Concise Introduction to Logic is an introduction to formal logic suitable for undergraduates taking a general education course in logic or critical thinking, and is accessible and useful to any interested in gaining a basic understanding of logic. This text takes the unique approach of teaching logic through intellectual history; the author uses examples from important and celebrated arguments in philosophy to illustrate logical principles. The text also includes a basic introduction to findings of advanced logic. As indicators of where the student could go next with logic, the book closes with an overview of advanced topics, such as the axiomatic method, set theory, Peano arithmetic, and modal logic. Throughout, the text uses brief, concise chapters that readers will find easy to read and to review.

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Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
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State University of New York
Provider Set:
OpenSUNY Textbooks
Author:
Craig DeLancey
Date Added:
03/27/2017
Deliberative Rhetoric: Arguing about Doing
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Christian Kock’s essays show the essential interconnectedness of practical reasoning, rhetoric and deliberative democracy. They constitute a unique contribution to argumentation theory that draws on – and criticizes – the work of philosophers, rhetoricians, political scientists and other argumentation theorists. It puts rhetoric in the service of modern democracies by drawing attention to the obligations of politicians to articulate arguments and objections that citizens can weigh against each other in their deliberations about possible courses of action.

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Philosophy
Composition and Rhetoric
Author:
Christian Kock
Date Added:
02/28/2018
Ethics for A-Level
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What does pleasure have to do with morality? What role, if any, should intuition have in the formation of moral theory? If something is ‘simulated', can it be immoral?

This accessible and wide-ranging textbook explores these questions and many more. Key ideas in the fields of normative ethics, metaethics and applied ethics are explained rigorously and systematically, with a vivid writing style that enlivens the topics with energy and wit. Individual theories are discussed in detail in the first part of the book, before these positions are applied to a wide range of contemporary situations including business ethics, sexual ethics, and the acceptability of eating animals. A wealth of real-life examples, set out with depth and care, illuminate the complexities of different ethical approaches while conveying their modern-day relevance.

This concise and highly engaging resource is tailored to the Ethics components of AQA Philosophy and OCR Religious Studies, with a clear and practical layout that includes end-of-chapter summaries, key terms, and common mistakes to avoid. It should also be of practical use for those teaching Philosophy as part of the International Baccalaureate.

Ethics for A-Level is of particular value to students and teachers, but Fisher and Dimmock's precise and scholarly approach will appeal to anyone seeking a rigorous and lively introduction to the challenging subject of ethics.

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Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Book Publishers
Author:
Andrew Fisher
Mark Dimmock
Date Added:
04/27/2020
Fundamental Methods of Logic
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Fundamental Methods of Logic is suitable for a one-semester introduction to logic/critical reasoning course. It covers a variety of topics at an introductory level. Chapter One introduces basic notions, such as arguments and explanations, validity and soundness, deductive and inductive reasoning; it also covers basic analytical techniques, such as distinguishing premises from conclusions and diagramming arguments. Chapter Two discusses informal logical fallacies. Chapters Three and Four concern deductive logic, introducing the basics of Aristotelian and Sentential Logic, respectively. Chapter Five deals with analogical and causal reasoning, including a discussion of Mill's Methods. Chapter Six covers basic probability calculations, Bayesian inference, fundamental statistical concepts and techniques, and common statistical fallacies.

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Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Author:
Matthew Knachel
Date Added:
09/08/2017
Inferring and Explaining
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Inferring and Explaining is a book in practical epistemology. It examines the notion of evidence and assumes that good evidence is the essence of rational thinking. Evidence is the cornerstone of the natural, social, and behavioral sciences. But it is equally central to almost all academic pursuits and, perhaps most importantly, to the basic need to live an intelligent and reflective life.

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Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
PDXOpen
Author:
Jeffery L. Johnson
Date Added:
04/27/2020
The Intelligent Troglodyte's Guide to Plato's Republic
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The Republic of Plato is one of the classic gateway texts into the study and practice of philosophy, and it is just the sort of book that has been able to arrest and redirect lives. How it has been able to do this, and whether or not it will be able to do this in your own case, is something you can only discover for yourself. The present guidebook aims to help a person get fairly deep, fairly quickly, into the project. It divides the dialogue into 96 sections and provides commentary on each section as well as questions for reflection and exploration. It is organized with a table of contents and is stitched together with a system of navigating bookmarks. Links to external sites such as the Perseus Classical Library are used throughout. This book is suitable for college courses or independent study.

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Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
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Fort Hays State University
Provider Set:
FHSU Scholars Repository
Author:
Douglas Drabkin
Date Added:
01/01/2016
Introduction to Ethics Course Content
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The Introduction to Ethics Course was developed through the Ohio Department of Higher Education OER Innovation Grant. This work was completed and the course was posted in September 2019. The course is part of the Ohio Transfer Assurance Guides and is also named OAH046. For more information about credit transfer between Ohio colleges and universities, please visit: www.ohiohighered.org/transfer.Team LeadNatalie Kertes-Weaver                       Ursuline CollegeContent ContributorsBenjamin Cordry                                Lorain County Community CollegeBrad Lipinski                                      Cuyahoga Community CollegeToni Nicoletti                                      Cleveland State UniversityLibrarianMandi Goodsett                                 Cleveland State UniversityReview TeamTravis Hreno                                      University of AkronRobert Loftis                                      Lorain County Community College 

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Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Date Added:
05/16/2019
Introduction to Ethics Course Content, 1 Intro to Ethics, 1 Intro to Ethics
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Welcome to Introduction to Ethics.  This fully online, open access course is intended to meet the needs of teachers and students undertaking a study of introductory level ethics and moral theory[Image - SVG SILH - CC0 1.0 ]

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Philosophy
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Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Date Added:
05/16/2019
Introduction to Ethics Course Content, 2 Critical Thinking/Evaluation of Ideas, 2.1 Critical Evaluation of Arguments
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This module contains links to two textbooks on critical thinking and indicates which sections are most relevant to thinking well about ethics.[ Image - Nina Paley, "You May Be Right" - CC BY-SA 3.0 ]

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Philosophy
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Date Added:
05/16/2019
Introduction to Ethics Course Content, 2 Critical Thinking/Evaluation of Ideas, 2.2 Critical Evaluation of Moral Theories
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Excerpt edited for the General Intro to Ethics Student:Ethics for A-Level: Introduction -Mark Dimmock and Andrew Fisher, Ethics for A-Level. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2017, https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0125 (CC BY 4.0). [Image - olarte.ollie, "detective" - licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0]

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Philosophy
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Date Added:
05/16/2019
Introduction to Ethics Course Content, 3 Normative Ethics, 3.1 Primary Sources in Normative Ethics
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This module presents sources in normative ethics.  There are two types of material:  first (in "Section 2"), there is a collection of primary sources with introductions, biographical sketches, and reading/reflecting questions; second (in "Section 3"), there is a link to a textbooks and the sections therein that significantly address normative theory via primary sources.[Image Source - Marsayas, AGMA Ostrakon Themistocle3  - CC BY-SA 3.0. ]

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Philosophy
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Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Date Added:
05/16/2019
Introduction to Ethics Course Content, 3 Normative Ethics, 3.2 Normative Theories
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This module presents two resources.  First (in "Section 2"), selections from a textbook that summarize major moral theories; second (in "Section 3"), a link to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Ethics.[Image source: "Moral Compass" by Paul Downey is licensend under CC BY2.0 ]

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Philosophy
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Date Added:
05/16/2019
Introduction to Ethics Course Content, 5 Metaethics, 5 Metaethics
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This section includes introductory and intermediate resources for metaethics. It includes links to open education textbooks with chapters on metaethics that can be used for a brief introduction to meta-ethics, as well as original source readings on topics in meta-ethics. A link to Plato's Euthyphro is included for discussion of the Euthyphro problem, which is related to criticisms of Divine Command Theory and issues having to do with the source and justification of moral judgments. As well, portions of Hume's Treatise is included as it regards the source and justification of moral judgments. There are also links to G. E. Moore's Open Question argument and other links to help students understand the main issues in metaethics. The textbook chapters and original source materials can be used together to orient students to the main issues, as well as to introduce them to the original arguments.

Subject:
Philosophy
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Date Added:
05/16/2019