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Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy: On Experimentalism in Ethics [Hardcover]

Eric Thomas Weber

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July 7 2011 1441173110 978-1441173119
<div><span><br/><p>In <em>Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy</em>, Eric Weber argues for an experimentalist approach to moral theory in addressing practical problems in public policy. The experimentalist approach begins moral inquiry by examining public problems and then makes use of the tools of philosophy and intelligent inquiry to alleviate them. <o:p></o:p></p><br/><p>Part I surveys the uses of practical philosophy and answers criticisms - including religious challenges - of the approach, presenting a number of areas in which philosophers' intellectual efforts can prove valuable for resolving public conflicts. <o:p></o:p></p><br/><p>Part II presents a new approach to experimentalism in moral theory, based on the insights of John Dewey's pragmatism. Focusing on the elements of good public inquiry and the experimentalist attitude, Weber discusses ways of thinking about the effective construction and reconstruction of particular problems, including practical problems of public policy prioritization.<o:p></o:p></p><br/><p>Finally, in Part III the book examines real-world examples in which the experimentalist approach to ethics proves useful, including instances of "bandwidth theft" and the controversies surrounding activist judges in the US Supreme Court.</p></span><p> </p></div>>

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"The book leaves...positive impressions, especially for those working in the area of public policy... Throughout the book, Weber provides those in the area of public policy and leadership with an approach (experimentalism) that will allow them to reach different conclusions... What is also fascinating is the way in which he deals with areas that are seen as somewhat 'out of the box' when it comes to public policy and morality as a study under philosophy... The author has articulated his point clearly." - Eugene Baron, University of the Western Cape, Ethical Perspectives

"Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy is written in an engaging manner. So filled is it with clear and powerfully compelling ideas and suggestions that one cannot read the book without finding oneself examining one's habitual ways of approaching difficulties and seeking new possibilities for meaningful collaboration with others in fashioning public policy. Although Weber writes explicitly for philosophers, his work can also be read with benefit by non philosophers who are concerned with the moral dimensions of public policy and leadership. Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy is, accordingly, a suitable and desirable acquisition for both academic and public libraries." - Royce P. Jones, Illinois College, Journal of Speculative Philosophy (Vol. 26, No. 1)

"Vegetarianism...sums up the different viewpoints and ethical discussions clearly and concisely... It is a guide for those who are new to the debate and want a clear overview of the arguments... It is a good read for students in need of an understanding of the debate surrounding vegetarianism, and especially animal rights, and given its elaborate bibliography it can also function as a book of reference. Equally, given its accessible language and readability, it is also interesting for a wider audience." - Kristien Hens, Maastricht University, Ethical Perspectives

About the Author

Eric Thomas Weber is assistant professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi, USA. He has published in Human Studies, Review of Policy Research, Skepsis, William James Studies, Contemporary Pragmatism, and Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. He is the author of Rawls, Dewey, and Constructivism (Continuum, 2010).


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