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Ethics Essential Readings in Moral Theory

ISBN-10: 0415782317
ISBN-13: 9780415782319
Edition: 2012
Authors: George Sher
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Description: Ethics: Essential Readings in Moral Theory is an outstanding anthology of the most important topics, theories and debates in ethics, compiled by one of the leading experts in the field. It includes sixty-six extracts covering the central domains of  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 840
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.982

Ethics: Essential Readings in Moral Theory is an outstanding anthology of the most important topics, theories and debates in ethics, compiled by one of the leading experts in the field. It includes sixty-six extracts covering the central domains of ethics:Why be moral?The Meaning of moral languageMorality and ObjectivityConsequentialismDeontologyVirtue and characterValue and well-beingMoral psychologyApplications: including abortion, famine relief and consent.Included are both classical extracts from Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill as well as contemporary classics from philosophers such as Thomas Nagel, Thomas Scanlon, Martha Nussbaum, Derek Parfit, and Peter Singer. A key feature of the anthology is that it covers the perennial topics in ethics as well as very recent ones, such as moral psychology, responsibility and experimental philosophy. Each section is introduced and placed in context by the editor, making this an ideal anthology for anyone studying ethics or ethical theory.

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Preface
Why be moral?
Introduction to Section I
The Ring of Gyges
Psychological Egoism
Morality and Self-Interest
Morality and Advantage
The Authority of Norms
Morality as a System of Hypothetical Imperatives
Moral Rationalism
The meaning of moral language
Introduction to Section II
Morality and Natural Sentiment
Goodness as Simple and Indefinable
The Emotive Theory of Ethics
Expressivism
A Critique of Non-Cognitivism
Euthyphro
A New Divine Command Theory
Morality, objectivity, and knowledge
Introduction to Section III
The Challenge of Cultural Relativism
Ethics and Observation
Moral Explanations
The Subjectivity of Values
The Objectivity of Ethics
Moral Skepticism
But I Could be Wrong
Normative ethics: consequentialism
Introduction to Section IV
Utilitarianism
A Critique of Utilitarianism
Classical Utilitarianism
Alienation, Consequentialism, and the Demands of Morality
Rule-Consequentialism
Scalar Morality
Should the Numbers Count?
Normative ethics: deontology
Introduction to Section V
Morality and Rationality
Reading Kant's Groundwork
The Right to Lie: Kant on Dealing with Evil
Maria Von Herbert's Challenge to Kant
A Theory of Justice
Contractualism and Utilitarianism
What Makes Right Acts Right?
Particularism
Virtue and character
Introduction to Section VI
The Nature of Moral Virtue
Non-Relative Virtues: An Aristotelian Approach
Virtue and Vice
Beyond Morality
Persons, Character, and Morality
Moral Saints
Virtue Ethics
A Situationist Theory of Character
Value and well-being
Introduction to Section VII
Pleasure as the Good
The Experience Machine
The Good Life
Goodness as the Satisfaction of Informed Desire
Facts and Values
Perfectionism
What Makes Someone's Life go Best?
The Buck - Passing Account of Value
Responsibility and moral psychology
Introduction to Section VIII
Freedom of The Will and The Concept of a Person
The Genesis of Shame
Freedom and Resentment
Responsibility and the Limits of Evil: Variations on a Strawsonian theme
Moral Luck
Moral Responsibility and Determinism: The Cognitive Science of Folk Intuitions
Applications
Introduction to Section IX
The Secret Joke of Kant's Soul
A Defense of Abortion
Subsidized Abortion: Moral Rights and Moral Compromise
Famine, Affluence, and Morality
Beneficence, Duty and Distance
What is Wrong with Slavery
Between Consenting Adults
Death
Index

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