Everyday Ethics
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554816101 / 1554816106
  • 150 pages; 6" x 9"

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Everyday Ethics

  • Publication Date: November 29, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554816101 / 1554816106
  • 150 pages; 6" x 9"

Everyday Ethics is an engaging treatment of the ethical questions that we all must answer on a regular basis. Each of the book’s forty chapters provides short pro and con arguments on a particular issue, designed to get readers talking and thinking about obligations, rights, societal expectations, and ethical principles. Instructors are sure to appreciate the way in which Everyday Ethics generates interest and participation from their students on day one. And students will appreciate the opportunity to engage with concerns that actually arise in their day-to-day lives and over which they have control.

Guide to the Essays

Part I: The Public Sphere – Is it okay to…

  • 1. Ride a crowded elevator one floor?
  • 2. Merge when two lanes of traffic are reduced to one?
  • 3. Let your lawn grow wild or to otherwise keep an unkempt lawn or garden?
  • 4. Not call strangers out on their moral transgressions?
  • 5. Not vote?

Part II: In the Marketplace – Is it okay to…

  • 6. Line up with 16 items in the “15 items or fewer” lane?
  • 7. Not tip at a restaurant?
  • 8. Complain to front-line workers?
  • 9. Share access to streaming services?
  • 10. Save seats in a crowded place?

Part III: School and the Workplace – Is it okay to…

  • 11. Cheat in a class?
  • 12. For college and university instructors to use turnitin?
  • 13. Complain to an instructor about how a course is taught?
  • 14. Ignore your moral convictions in order to do your job?
  • 15. Go to work or school sick?

Part IV: Friends and Family – Is it okay to…

  • 16. Lie to people to spare their feelings?
  • 17. Ignore your drama-prone friend?
  • 18. Correct other people’s grammar?
  • 19. Post about controversial topics on social media?
  • 20. Borrow something without asking?
  • 21. Date your friend’s ex?

Part V: Children – Is it okay to…

  • 22. Swear in the presence of children?
  • 23. Discipline other people’s children?
  • 24. Lie to children about Santa Claus?

Part VI: Self Care – Is it okay to…

  • 25. Eat meat?
  • 26. Gossip?
  • 27. Let your body go?
  • 28. Be sexually promiscuous?
  • 29. Watch football?

Part VII: Taboos – Is it okay to…

  • 30. Tell off-color jokes?
  • 31. Judge people on the basis of their appearance?
  • 32. Speak ill of the dead?
  • 33. Celebrate someone’s death?
  • 34. Reveal spoilers?

Part VIII: Identity Issues – Is it okay to…

  • 35. For a man to act in a chivalrous way toward women?
  • 36. Proselytize?
  • 37. Be patriotic?
  • 38. Appropriate another culture?
  • 39. Make use of stereotypes about races, ethnicities, genders, etc. when those stereotypes are not obviously pejorative?
  • 40. Ever speak or write derogatory names for groups, e.g., racial slurs?

Brian Huss is Associate Professor of Philosophy at York University.

  • • Designed to engage students in conversation, and to encourage discussion and debate on topics that are less intimidating and on which most people carry opinions.
  • • 40 issues are examined, such as…
    • o Is it okay to correct other people’s grammar?
    • o Is it okay to not tip at a restaurant?
    • o Is it okay to reveal spoilers?
    • o Is it okay to tell off-color jokes?
    • o Is it okay to lie to children about Santa Claus?
  • • Pro and con arguments are presented on each issue, and in some cases a third option is considered.
  • • Modular structure, such that issues can be read in any order.