Randolph philosophy professor opens eyes to the ethical choices behind everyday purchases.
David Schwartz, professor of philosophy, spoke on consumer responsibility to students and faculty of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina on April 11, 2011.
Schwartz's book Consuming Choices: Ethics in a Global Consumer Age, was a featured text for the "Furman Engaged" undergraduate research symposium. A student-led panel discussed the book during sessions on April 8.
Consuming Choices looks at the ethical aspect of the everday purchases we make. 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. Schwartz encourages consumers to learn about the products they buy and the companies which produce them so as to include ethics in the calculus of their purchasing decisions.