Learning Through Disagreement: A Workbook for the Ethics of Business

Learning Through Disagreement: A Workbook for the Ethics of Business

By: Marvin T. Brown (author)Paperback

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Learning through Disagreement begins with a request: choose to engage in dialogue rather than debate.

The goal of dialogue is not to defeat an opponent but rather to better understand another's perspective, allowing for the solution of problems that may otherwise seem intractable. This workbook offers practical instruction in how to locate underlying assumptions and values so as to identify points of overlap which can serve as building blocks for agreement. It also concisely presents several key ethical theories and shows how we can critically apply those theories to disagreements in the workplace and beyond. Realistic examples of common business issues are discussed throughout and detachable worksheets for individual or group use are interspersed to encourage readers to engage directly in the process of constructive dialogue.

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About Author

Marvin T. Brown is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of several books, including Corporate Integrity: Rethinking Organizational Ethics and Leadership and Civilizing the Economy: A New Economics of Provision.


  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: A Dialogical Approach
  • 1. Dialogical Capacity
  • 2. Learning through Dialogue
  • Chapter Two: Resources for Finding Good Solutions
  • 1. Sorting out Different Resources
  • 2. Discovering Implicit Value Judgments
  • 3. Developing Valid Syllogisms
  • 4. Assumptions about Ourselves
  • 5. Uncovering Assumptions
  • 6. Discovering the Resources of Alternative Views
  • Chapter Three: Applying Ethical Criteria to Alternative Arguments
  • 1. Applying an Ethics of Purpose
  • 2. Applying an Ethics of Principle
  • 3. Applying an Ethics of Consequence
  • Chapter Four: Doing the Work
  • 1. A Map for Argumentative Dialogues
  • 2. A Sample Argumentative Dialogue
  • Glossary

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/07/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781554812172
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 80
  • ID: 9781554812172
  • weight: 159
  • ISBN10: 1554812178

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