Philosophy professor’s ethics ‘hornbook’ published

Male in suit holding bookA book written by Charles Cardwell, program coordinator of Humanities and a professor of Philosophy, was picked up recently for printing by the academic publishing house Hackett Publishing Company.

The book, “Hornbook Ethics,” focuses on basic skills that enable readers to understand, analyze, and evaluate theoretical and real-life ethical problems. “Hornbook” refers to the historical primers that covered the rudiments of a particular discipline.

“The need for ethics primers has long existed…,” said Cardwell, “but it has recently become more acute and more difficult to meet, because today’s students have grown up in a world where audio and video media overshadow the written word.”

The book’s content was developed using Cardwell’s own classroom experiences and feedback from his students. He plans to use the text in his ethics classes and has assigned all royalties to benefit student scholarships through the Pellissippi State Foundation.