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Good and Evil

ISBN-10: 157392752X
ISBN-13: 9781573927529
Edition: 1999 (Revised)
Authors: Richard Taylor
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Book details

List price: $23.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 11/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
The Background: Reason and Will
Ethics and Human Nature
The Importance of Our Question
Three Traditional Answers
The Greeks and the Idea of What Is Good
Human Goodness and Reason
Rationalism vs. Voluntarism
Moral Rationalism
Moral Voluntarism
Nature vs. Convention
True Morality
What Is and What Ought to Be
The Emergence of Ethics in Greek Philosophy
Nature vs. Convention
The Problem of Morality in Sophistic Philosophy
Thrasymachus and the Will of the Strong
Glaucon and Adiemantus
Polus and the Rewards of Injustice
The Issue Joined: True vs. Pragmatic Morality
The True Morality According to Callicles
Protagoras and the Doctrine of Pragmatis
Protagorean Ethics
The Socratic Questions
The Significance of Protagoras
Socratic Ethics
The Character of Socrates' Thought
Some Socratic Questions
Vulgar vs. Philosophical Virtue
The Involuntary Character of Wickedness
Virtue as Knowledge
What Power Is
Virtue and Happiness
Justice as a State of the Soul
Is Justice Good for Its Own Sake?
The Test
Is There a True or Natural Justice?
Hedonism, the Doctrine of Pleasure
Moral Empiricism
Empiricism and the Doctrine of Pleasure
Epicurean Empiricism
Pleasure as the Natural Good
The Problem of Ethics
The Cyrenaic Philosophy
The Epicurean Modifications
The Moderation of Desires
The Sources of Goodness
Justice and Duty
The Significance of Epicurus
A Modern Version of Hedonism
J. S. Mill's Hedonism
The Greatest Happiness Principle
Duty and Motive
The Quality of Pleasure
The Presuppositions of Hedonism
The Double Meanings of Pleasure and Pain
Pleasure and Happiness
Kantian Morality
The Background of Kantian Morality
The Basic Ideas of Conventional Morality
Laws
Justice
Kantian Morality
Duty and Law
The Good Will
The Categorical Imperative
Rational Nature as an End
The Significance of Kant
Good and Evil
Good and Evil
Conative Beings
Conation as the Precondition of Good and Evil
The Emergence of Good and Evil
The Emergence of Right and Wrong
Right and Wrong as Relative to Rules
The World as It Is
The Common Good
Conflicts of Aims
The Nature of the Common Good
The Moral Evaluation of Institutions
Some Fundamental Questions Revisited
Nature vs. Convention
Justice
Can Virtue Be Taught?
Two Shortcomings
Human Goodness
Casuistry
The Futility of Justifying Conduct
Samples of Casuistry
The Significance of These Examples
The Function of Principles
Judicial Casuistry
Moralists as Lawmakers
Judicial Decision by Persuasive Definition
Moral and Judicial Casuistry Compared
The Incentives of Action
The Incentive to Justice
The Incentive of Compassion
The Incentive of Malice
Egoism
The Moral Neutrality of Egoism
The Ugliness of Egoism
Four Possible Incentives
Self-Hatred as an Incentive
The Virtue of Compassion
Malice: The First Class of Actions
Compassion: The Second Class of Actions
The Significance of These Stories
The Scope of Compassion
Incentives and Consequences
Compassion and Justice
Love and Friendship
Varieties of Love and Friendship
Philia, or Friendship
Friendship in Aristotelian Ethics
Eros, or the Love of the Sexes
Absolute Love
Love and Aspiration
Possessive Love
Love as a Duty
Love as a Blessing
Moral Rules and Aspirations
Love as Aspiration
The Meaning of Life
Meaningless Existence
The Meaninglessness of Life
The Meaning of Life
Index

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