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Consuming Choices: Ethics in a Global Consumer Age - Philosophy and the Global Context (Hardback)
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Consuming Choices: Ethics in a Global Consumer Age - Philosophy and the Global Context (Hardback)

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Hardback 150 Pages / Published: 16/05/2010
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Do consumers shoulder some culpability for unethical and immoral practices associated with products they purchase? To answer, David T. Schwartz provides the most detailed philosophical exploration to date on consumer ethics. He utilizes historical and fictional examples to illustrate the types of wrongdoing currently implicated by consumer products in this age of globalization, offers a clear description of the relevant moral theories and important ethical concepts, and provides concrete suggestions on how to be a more ethical consumer.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742548138
Number of pages: 150
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 16 mm


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What are the moral obligations attaching to consumers? Since everyone is a consumer, Schwartz (Randolph College) claims, this is a question of universal significance. The author clearly traces the difficulties of applying consequentialist moral theory to actions where a single consumer seems ultimately invisible to market and production systems or easily hides behind the screen of anonymity-'If I didn't buy it (or do it) someone else would.' Although most of the book treats issues related to consequentialist moral theory, Schwartz's main argument is for moral complicity by all who engage in consumer activity. This draws on deontological ground, and the author adopts Christopher Kutz's notion that 'participants in a collective harm are accountable for the victim's suffering not because of the individual differences they make, but because their intentional participation in a collective endeavor directly links them to the consequences of that endeavor.' Schwartz's use of a broad set of examples, including the Dresden fire bombing, coco production using child slaves, and the dramatic increase in CEO pay, makes this book powerful and current. Summing Up: Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
David Schwartz examines in this book both the 'unethical practices' hidden behind the cornucopia of commodities on offer in our consumerist societies and wether consumers share with companies some of the moral culpability for these practices. The book does a . . . good job. * Environmental Ethics *
The signature ethical problem of the global consumer society is our responsibility for the unethical practices that lie behind the products we buy. David T. Schwartz probes this problem with well-chosen examples and clear ethical arguments Consuming Choices is a book for teachers to discuss with their students and from which activists and consumers will also learn. -- Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University and author of The Life You Can Save
I know of no other work that has ethically examined the topic of consumer choice in such detail. Schwartz's work can serve nicely as a supplement for a business ethics, political philosophy, or moral problems course. -- James P. Sterba, University of Notre Dame

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