Ethical Theory Classical and Contemporary Readings

ISBN-10: 053457033X

ISBN-13: 9780534570330

Edition: 4th 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Louis P. Pojman

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This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive reader in ethical theory on the market. The articles are arranged in a coherent framework, with the presentation of each problem progressing from the classical to the contemporary and usually treated in a dialectic (pro and con) format. It includes many readings on the cutting edge of ethics.
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List price: $97.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 7.48" wide x 9.45" long
Weight: 2.684

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 to the Fourth Editionp. xi
What Is Ethics?p. 1
Plato: Socratic Morality: Critop. 8
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 14
Ethical Relativism versus Ethical Objectivismp. 15
Herodotus: Custom Is Kingp. 20
Thomas Aquinas: Objectivism: Natural Lawp. 20
Ruth Benedict: A Defense of Ethical Relativismp. 33
Louis Pojman: A Critique of Ethical Relativismp. 38
Gilbert Harman: Moral Relativism Defendedp. 52
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 62
Ethical Egoismp. 63
Thomas Hobbes: The Leviathanp. 66
Joel Feinberg: Psychological Egoismp. 79
Brian Medlin: Ultimate Principles and Ethical Egoismp. 90
Jesse Kalin: In Defense of Egoismp. 95
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 109
Valuep. 111
Jeremy Bentham: Classical Hedonismp. 115
Robert Nozick: The Experience Machinep. 118
Richard Taylor: Value and the Origin of Right and Wrongp. 120
Friedrich Nietzsche: The Transvaluation of Valuesp. 127
Derek Parfit: What Makes Someone's Life Go Best?p. 134
Thomas Nagel: Value: The View from Nowherep. 141
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 150
Utilitarianismp. 151
John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianismp. 155
J. J. C. Smart: Extreme and Restricted Utilitarianismp. 177
Kai Nielsen: Against Moral Conservatismp. 183
Bernard Williams: Against Utilitarianismp. 192
John Hospers: Rule-Utilariannismp. 201
Robert Nozick: Side Constraintsp. 211
Philippa Foot: Utilitarianism and the Virtuesp. 215
Samuel Scheffler: Agent-Centered Restrictions, Rationality, and the Virtuesp. 224
Diane Jeske and Richard Fumerton: Relatives and Relativities: A Critique of Consequentialismp. 233
Peter Singer: Famine, Affluence, and Moralityp. 241
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 249
Kantian and Deontological Systemsp. 251
Immanuel Kant: The Foundation for the Metaphysic of Moralsp. 255
W. D. Ross: What Makes Right Acts Right?p. 275
Onora O'Neill: Kantian Formula of the End in Itself and World Hungerp. 284
Thomas Negel: Moral Luckp. 294
Philippa Foot: Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effectp. 302
Judith Jarvis Thomson: Killing, Letting Die, and the Trolley Problemp. 309
Warren Quinn: Actions, Intentions, and Consequences: The Doctrine of Double Effectp. 318
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 328
Virtue-Based Ethical Systemsp. 329
Aristotle: The Ethics of Virtuep. 333
Bernard Mayo: Virtue and the Moral Lifep. 347
William Frankena: A Critique of Virtue-Based Ethicsp. 350
Walter Schaller: Are Virtues No More Than Dispositions to Obey Moral Rules?p. 356
Alasdair MacIntyre: The Nature of the Virtuesp. 363
Susan Wolf: Moral Saintsp. 377
Louis P. Pojman: In Defense of Moral Saintsp. 388
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 397
The Fact/Value Problem: Metaethics in the Twentieth Centuryp. 399
David Hume: On Reason and the Emotions: The Fact/Value Distinctionp. 405
G. E. Moore: Non-Naturalismp. 412
A. J. Ayer: Emotivismp. 419
R. M. Hare: Prescriptivism: The Structure of Ethics and Moralsp. 425
Geoffrey Warnock: The Object of Moralityp. 433
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 441
Moral Realism and the Challenge of Skepticismp. 443
J. L. Mackie: The Subjectivity of Valuesp. 446
Jonathan Harrison: A Critique of Mackie's Error Theoryp. 456
Gilbert Harman: Moral Nihilismp. 465
Nicholas Sturgeon: Moral Explanationsp. 474
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord: Moral Theory and Explanatory Impotencep. 486
Bernard Williams: Ethics and the Limits of Philosophyp. 501
Bruce Russell: Two Forms of Ethical Skepticismp. 513
Michael Smith: A Defense of Moral Realismp. 525
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 535
Morality, Self-Interest and Future Selvesp. 537
Plato: Why Be Moral?p. 540
Richard Taylor: On the Socratic Dilemmap. 546
David Gauthier: Morality and Advantagep. 551
Gregory Kavka: A Reconciliation Projectp. 559
Derek Parfit: Later Selves and Moral Principlesp. 571
Bernard Williams: Persons, Character, and Moralityp. 585
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 595
Religion and Ethicsp. 597
Plato: Morality and Religionp. 600
Immanuel Kant: God and Immortality as Necessary Postulates of Moralityp. 602
Bertrand Russell: A Free Man's Worshipp. 606
George Mavrodes: Religion and the Queerness of Moralityp. 611
Kai Nielsen: Ethics Without Godp. 619
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 625
Contemporary Challenges to Classical Ethical Theoryp. 627
Sociobiology, Feminism, and the Question of Moral Responsibilityp. 627
Charles Darwin: Ethics and the Descent of Manp. 630
E. O. Wilson: Sociobiology and Ethicsp. 644
Michael Ruse: Evolution and Ethics: The Sociobiological Approachp. 647
Elliot Sober: Prospects for an Evolutionary Ethicsp. 663
J. L. Mackie: The Law of the Jungle: Evolution and Moralityp. 674
Suggestions for Further Reading on Sociobiologyp. 681
Feminist Ethics: The Ethics of Carep. 682
Carol Gilligan: In a Different Voicep. 682
Cheshire Calhoun: Justice, Care, and Gender Biasp. 688
Michael Levin: Is There a Female Morality?p. 696
Suggestions for Further Reading on Feminist Ethicsp. 712
The Challenges of Determinism to Moral Responsibility and Desertp. 712
Galen Strawson: The Impossibility of Moral Responsibilityp. 712
Louis Pojman: Free Will, Determinism, and Moral Responsibility: A Response to Galen Strawsonp. 722
Suggestions for Further Reading on Moral Responsibilityp. 729
A Glossary of Ethical Termsp. 731
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