Consuming Choices: Ethics in a Global Consumer Age

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010 - Philosophy - 139 pages
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"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 at Princeton University

"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 Sterba, University of Notre Dame

Being a consumer is now integral to the human experience, something none of us can avoid. At the same time, many of the products that we buy come to us with histories steeped in highly unethical practices, such as worker exploitation, animal suffering and environmental damage. Consuming Choices considers the ethical-dimensions of consumer life by exploring several basic questions: Exactly what sort of unethical practices are implicated in today's consumer products? Does moral culpability for these practices fall solely on the companies that perform them; or does it also fall upon consumers who purchase the products made with such practices? And most important, do consumers ever have moral obligations to avoid particular products? To answer. David T. Schwartz provides the most detailed philosophical exploration on consumer ethics to date. He uses 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.

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David T. Schwartz is professor of philosophy at Randolph College.

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