Research Methodology: The Aims, Practices and Ethics of Science

Research Methodology: The Aims, Practices and Ethics of Science

This book is an in-depth guide to effective scientific research. Ranging from the philosophical to the practical, it explains at the outset what science can – and can’t – achieve, and discusses its relationship to mathematics and laws. The author then pays extensive attention to the scientific method, including experimental design, verification, uncertainty and statistics. A major aim of the book is to help young scientists reflect upon the deeper aims of their work and make the best use of their talents in contributing to progress. To this end, it also includes sections on planning research, on presenting one’s findings in writing, as well as on ethics and the responsibilities of scientists.  

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Idleness – A Philosophical Essay

Idleness – A Philosophical Essay
The first book to challenge modern philosophy’s case against idleness, revealing why the idle state is one of true freedom For millennia, idleness and laziness have been regarded as vices. We’re all expected to work to survive and get ahead, and devoting energy to anything but labor and self-improvement can seem like a luxury or a moral failure. Far from questioning this conventional wisdom, modern philosophers have worked hard to develop new reasons to denigrate idleness. In Idleness, the first book to challenge modern philosophy’s portrayal of inactivity, Brian O’Connor argues that the case against an indifference to work and effort is flawed–and that idle aimlessness may instead allow for the highest form of freedom. Idleness explores how some of the most influential modern philosophers drew a direct connection between making the most of our humanity and avoiding laziness. Idleness was dismissed as contrary to the need people have to become autonomous and make whole, integrated beings of themselves (Kant); to be useful (Kant and Hegel); to accept communal norms (Hegel); to contribute to the social good by working (Marx); and to avoid boredom (Schopenhauer and de Beauvoir). O’Connor throws doubt on all these arguments, presenting a sympathetic vision of the inactive and unserious that draws on more productive ideas about idleness, from ancient Greece through Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, Schiller and Marcuse’s thoughts about the importance of play, and recent critiques of the cult of work. A thought-provoking reconsideration of productivity for the twenty-first century, Idleness shows that, from now on, no theory of what it means to have a free mind can exclude idleness from the conversation.
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Midlife – A Philosophical Guide

Midlife – A Philosophical Guide
Philosophical wisdom and practical advice for overcoming the problems of middle age How can you reconcile yourself with the lives you will never lead, with possibilities foreclosed, and with nostalgia for lost youth? How can you accept the failings of the past, the sense of futility in the tasks that consume the present, and the prospect of death that blights the future? In this self-help book with a difference, Kieran Setiya confronts the inevitable challenges of adulthood and middle age, showing how philosophy can help you thrive. You will learn why missing out might be a good thing, how options are overrated, and when you should be glad you made a mistake. You will be introduced to philosophical consolations for mortality. And you will learn what it would mean to live in the present, how it could solve your midlife crisis, and why meditation helps. Ranging from Aristotle, Schopenhauer, and John Stuart Mill to Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir, as well as drawing on Setiya’s own experience, Midlife combines imaginative ideas, surprising insights, and practical advice. Writing with wisdom and wit, Setiya makes a wry but passionate case for philosophy as a guide to life.
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Business Ethics

Business Ethics
The international edition of Business Ethics explores the complex and fascinating ethical challenges faced by businesses from across the globe. The book provides you with the concepts, tools and theories needed to analyze the issues raised and develop their own decision-making skills.
New to this edition:
• Coverage of SMEs and social enterprise, world religions and business ethics, whistleblowing and personal decision-making
• Cases, examples and vignettes that raise complex ethical issues including the Olympus Imaging fraud scandal.
• Asian, Arabian, Latin American and African perspectives on the ethical debates and dilemmas faced by businesses in their regions

Table of Contents
• Part A: Understanding Business Ethics
1: Introducing Business Ethics
2: Framing Business Ethics: Corporate Responsibility, Stakeholders and Citizenship
3: Evaluating Business Ethics: Normative Ethical Theories
4: Making Decisions in Business Ethics: Descriptive Ethical Theories
5: Managing Business Ethics: Tools and Techniques of Business Ethics Management

• Part B: Contextualizing Business Ethics – The Corporate Citizen and its Stakeholders
6: Shareholders and Business Ethics
7: Employees and Business Ethics
8: Consumers and Business Ethics
9: Suppliers, Competitors and Business Ethics
10: Civil Society and Business Ethics
11: Government, Regulation and Business Ethics
12: Conclusions and Future Perspectives

Additional Resources
This text is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre, which provides:
Student resources:
– Further reading
– ‘Think Theory’ answers
– Ethics careers guide

Lecturer resources:
• Teaching notes
• PowerPoint slides
• Case bank
• Sample course online
• Test bank
• Additional ‘Ethics Online’ and ‘Ethics on Screen’ teaching material

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Business Ethics

Business Ethics
The international edition of Business Ethics explores the complex and fascinating ethical challenges faced by businesses from across the globe. The book provides you with the concepts, tools and theories needed to analyze the issues raised and develop their own decision-making skills.
New to this edition:
• Coverage of SMEs and social enterprise, world religions and business ethics, whistleblowing and personal decision-making
• Cases, examples and vignettes that raise complex ethical issues including the Olympus Imaging fraud scandal.
• Asian, Arabian, Latin American and African perspectives on the ethical debates and dilemmas faced by businesses in their regions

Table of Contents
• Part A: Understanding Business Ethics
1: Introducing Business Ethics
2: Framing Business Ethics: Corporate Responsibility, Stakeholders and Citizenship
3: Evaluating Business Ethics: Normative Ethical Theories
4: Making Decisions in Business Ethics: Descriptive Ethical Theories
5: Managing Business Ethics: Tools and Techniques of Business Ethics Management

• Part B: Contextualizing Business Ethics – The Corporate Citizen and its Stakeholders
6: Shareholders and Business Ethics
7: Employees and Business Ethics
8: Consumers and Business Ethics
9: Suppliers, Competitors and Business Ethics
10: Civil Society and Business Ethics
11: Government, Regulation and Business Ethics
12: Conclusions and Future Perspectives

Additional Resources
This text is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre, which provides:
Student resources:
– Further reading
– ‘Think Theory’ answers
– Ethics careers guide

Lecturer resources:
• Teaching notes
• PowerPoint slides
• Case bank
• Sample course online
• Test bank
• Additional ‘Ethics Online’ and ‘Ethics on Screen’ teaching material

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