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Ethics Discovering Right and Wrong

ISBN-10: 0534619363
ISBN-13: 9780534619367
Edition: 5th 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Louis P. Pojman
List price: $142.95
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Description: Penned by one of contemporary philosophy?s most skilled and ardent philosophy teachers, ETHICS: DISCOVERING RIGHT AND WRONG is a rigorous textual overview of the fundamental objectives and outlooks of ethical theory. Concise yet comprehensive, this  More...

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Book details

List price: $142.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Penned by one of contemporary philosophy?s most skilled and ardent philosophy teachers, ETHICS: DISCOVERING RIGHT AND WRONG is a rigorous textual overview of the fundamental objectives and outlooks of ethical theory. Concise yet comprehensive, this text draws on many examples from classical and contemporary sources. Written in an engaging and conversational manner, DISCOVERING RIGHT AND WRONG challenges students to develop their own moral theories and competently to reason through ethical problems for themselves.

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.

Preface
A Word to the Student: Why Study Moral Philosophy?
Introduction: What Is Ethics?
Morality as Compared with Other Normative Subjects
Traits of Moral Principles
Domains of Ethical Assessment
Why Do We Need Morality?
The Purposes of Morality
Conclusion
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
Ethical Relativism: Who's to Judge What's Right and Wrong?
An Analysis of Relativism
Subjective Ethical Relativism (Subjectivism)
Conventional Ethical Relativism (Conventionalism)
A Critique of Ethical Relativism
Conclusion
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
The Case for Moral Objectivism
Natural Law
Moderate Objectivism
An Explanation of the Attraction of Ethical Relativism
Conclusion
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
Value: The Quest for the Good
What Types of Value Are There?
What Things Are Good?
Are Values Objective or Subjective?
What Is the Relation of Value to Morality?
What Is the Good Life?
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
Egoism, Self-Interest, and Altruism
An Overview of the Problem
Psychological Egoism
Ethical Egoism
A Critique of Ethical Egoism
Attempted Refutations of Egoism
Evolution and Altruism
Egoism and the Problem of Posterity
Conclusion
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
Utilitarianism
What Is Utilitarianism?
Two Types of Utilitarianism
The Strengths and Weaknesses of Utilitarianism
External Criticisms of Utilitarianism
Utilitarian Responses to Standard Objections
The Problem of Posterity
Conclusion
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
Kantian and Deontological Systems
Two Types of Deontological Systems
Kant's Rule-Deontological System
The Categorical Imperative
Kant's Other Formulations of the Categorical Imperative
Kant's Ethics and Religion
A Reconciliation Project
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
Virtue-Based Ethical Systems
The Aretaic Critique of Action-Based (Deontic) Ethical Systems
The Nature of Virtue Ethics
Types of Relationships between Virtue Ethics and Action Ethics
Conclusion
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
Why Should I Be Moral?
The Paradox of Morality and Self-Interest
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
Religion and Ethics
Does Morality Depend on Religion?
Is Religious Ethics Essentially Different from Secular Ethics?
Is Religion Irrelevant or Even Inimical to Morality?
Does Religion Enhance the Moral Life?
Conclusion
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
The Fact-Value Problem: Metaethics in the 20th century
Nonnaturalism
Emotivism
Prescriptivism
The Renaissance of Naturalism
Conclusion
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
Moral Realism and the Challenge of Skepticism
Mackie's Error Theory of Morality
Harman's Moral Nihilism
Conclusion
For Further Reflection
For Further Reading
A Concluding Reflection: Minimal Morality, Virtue Ethics, and the Development of Character
An Analysis of the Modified Divine Command Theory
A Critique of the Modified Divine Command Theory
How to Read and Write a Philosophy Paper
Suggestions for Reading a Philosophy Text
Suggestions for Writing a Philosophy Paper
Glossary
Index

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