Morality of Happiness
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Description: Ancient ethical theories, based on the notions of virtue and happiness, have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories. But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand ancient ethics--and to do this we need to examine the basic structure of ancient ethical theory, not just the details of one or two theories. In this book, Annas brings together the results of a wide-ranging study of ancient ethical philosophy and presents it in a way that is easily accessible to anyone with an interest in ancient or modern ethics. She examines the fundamental notions of happiness and virtue, the role of nature in ethical justification and the relation between concern for self and concern for others. Her careful examination of the ancient debates and arguments shows that many widespread assumptions about ancient ethics are quite mistaken. Ancient ethical theories are not egoistic, and do not depend for their acceptance on metaphysical theories of a teleological kind. Most centrally, they are recognizably theories of morality, and the ancient disputes about the place of virtue in happiness can be seen as akin to modern disputes about the demands of morality.
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Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/13/1995
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Preface and Acknowledgments|
|The Basic Ideas|
|Making Sense of My Life as a Whole|
|Justification and the Appeal to Nature|
|Nature and Naturalism|
|Aristole: Nature and Mere Nature|
|The Stoics: Human Nature and the Point of View of the Universe|
|Antiochus: the Intuitive View|
|The Epicureans: Rethinking What is Natural|
|The Sceptics: Accepting What is Natural|
|Uses of Nature|
|The Good Life and the Good Lives of Others|
|The Good of Others|
|Finding Room for Other-Concern|
|Self-Concern and the Sources and Limits of Other-Concern|
|Self-Interest and Morality|
|Revising Your Priorities|
|Happiness, Success and What Matters|
|Epicurus: Virtue, Pleasure and Time|
|The Sceptics: Untroubledness Without Belief|
|Aristotle: an Unstable View|
|Theophrastus and the Stoics: Forcing the Issue|
|Happiness and the Demands of Virtue|
|Morality, Ancient and Modern|
|Cast of Characters|