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Toward Better Problems

New Perspectives on Abortion, Animal Rights, the Environment and Justice. Ethics & Action

By (author) Anthony Weston
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S., Philadelphia PA, United States
Published: 31st May 1992
Dimensions: w 140mm h 203mm
Weight: 408g
ISBN-10: 0877229473
ISBN-13: 9780877229476
Barcode No: 9780877229476
Toward Better Problems is a work of considerable merit.... [Weston] is effective in showing how the 'theoretical' approach obscures the real values at issue and hinders their realization. --James Gouinlock, Emory UniversityIn Toward Better Problems, Anthony Weston develops a pragmatic approach to the pressing moral issues of our time. Weston seeks to address practical problems in the spirit of John Dewey: that is, by focusing on specific human concerns and multiple, overlapping values rather than on abstract philosophical principles. Weston showcases his method in sustained discussion of four highly controversial areas: abortion, animal rights, environmentalism, and justice.Weston takes up uncomfortable issues, such as how we raise food animals; test medicines, cosmetics, and chemicals on animals; and justify speciesism. He engages philosophically the treatment of land and seas as limitless garbage dumps, the creation of radioactive wastes and their disposal, and fundamental problems of social justice. But Weston's aim is not to solve such problems as if they were some kind of puzzle. The aim instead is to creatively transform such problematic situations into something more promising and tractable, thereby leaving us with better problems.

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