Ethical Theory Classical and Contemporary Readings

ISBN-10: 0495006718
ISBN-13: 9780495006718
Edition: 5th 2007
Authors: Louis P. Pojman
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List price: $247.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.552

The most up-to-date and comprehensive reader in ethical theory available today, Pojman's anthology, ETHICAL THEORY, provides students with well over 70 of the most influential classic and contemporary readings. Articles are arranged in a coherent framework, with the presentation of each problem progressing from the classical to the contemporary and typically treated in a dialectic (pro and con) format. This challenging volume will situate your students squarely at the heart of every important debate now raging in the present scholarship of ethical theorists.

Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Pojman passed away in 2005.

What Is Ethics?
Suggestions for Further Reading
Ethical Relativism Versus Ethical Objectivism
Herodotus: Custom is King
Objectivism: Natural Law
A Defense of Ethical Relativism
A Critique of Ethical Relativism
Moral Relativism Defended
The Objective Status of Human Rights
Suggestions for Further Reading
Morality, Self-Interest and Future Selves
Why Be Moral?
On the Socratic Dilemma
Morality and Advantage
A Reconciliation Project
Later Selves and Moral Principles
Persons, Character, and Morality
Suggestions for Further Reading
Classical Hedonism
The Experience Machine
Value and the Origin of Right and Wrong
The Transvaluation of Values
What Makes Someone's Life Go Best?
Value: The View from Nowhere
Suggestions for Further Reading
Utilitarianism and Consequentialism
Extreme and Restricted Utilitarianism
Against Moral Conservatism
Against Utilitarianism
Side Constraints
Famine, Affluence and Morality
Suggestions for Further Reading
Kantian and Deontological Systems
Foundation for the Metaphysic of Morals
What Makes Right Acts Right?
Kantian Formula of the End in Itself and World Hunger
Moral Luck
Morality as a System of Hypothetical Imperatives
Killing, Letting Die, and the Trolley Problem
Suggestions for Further Reading
Contractarian Ethical Systems
The Leviathan
Why Contractarianism?
Contractualism: Justice as Fairness
Contractualism and Utilitarianism
Suggestions for Further Reading
Virtue-Based Ethical Systems
The Ethics of Virtue
Virtue and the Moral Life
A Critique of Virtue-Based Ethics
Are Virtues No More than Dispositions to Obey Moral Rules?
The Nature of the Virtues
Moral Saints
In Defense of Moral Saints
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Fact/Value Problem: Metaethics In The Twentieth Century
On Reason and the Emotions: The Fact/Value Distinction
Prescriptivism: The Structure of Ethics and Morals
The Object of Morality
Suggestions for Further Reading
Moral Realism And The Challenge Of Skepticism
The Subjectivity of Values
A Critique of Mackie's Error Theory
Moral Nihilism
Moral Explanations
Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy
Two Forms of Ethical Skepticism
A Defense of Moral Realism
Suggestions for Further Reading
Religion and Ethics
Morality and Religion
God and Immortality as Necessary Postulates of Morality
Religious and the Queerness of Morality
Ethics Without God
Suggestions for Further Reading
Contemporary Challenges To Classical Ethical Theory
Sociobiology and the Question of Moral Responsibility
Ethics and the Descent of Man
Sociobiology and Ethics
Evolution and Ethics: The Sociobiological Approach
Prospects for an Evolutionary Ethics
The Law of the Jungle, Evolution and Morality
Suggestions for Further Readingon Sociobiology
The Challenge of Determinism to Moral Responsibility and Desert

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