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Contemporary Ethics Taking Account of Utilitarianism

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ISBN-10: 0631202943

ISBN-13: 9780631202943

Edition: 1998

Authors: William H. Shaw

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Aimed at undergraduates, Contemporary Ethics presupposes little or no familiarity with ethics and is written in a clear and engaging style. It provides students with a sympathetic but critical guide to utilitarianism, explaining its different forms and exploring the debates it has spawned. The book leads students through a number of current issues in contemporary ethics that are connected to controversies over and within utilitarianism. At the same time, it uses utilitarianism to introduce students to ethics as a subject. In these ways, the book is not only a guide to utilitarianism, but also an introduction to some standard problems of ethics and to several important topics in contemporary…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Utilitarianism for Beginners
Utilitarianism, Law and Society
Understanding Utilitarianism
Two Rival Nonconsequentialist Theories
The Deathbed Promise
Consequences, Actual and Probable
Average versus Total Happiness
Welfare, Happiness, and the Good
Bentham's Hedonism
Mill's View of Pleasure and Happiness
A Problem for Mental-State Accounts of Well-Being
Well-Being as the Satisfaction of Desire
Objective Theories of WellBeing
Where This Lack of Consensus Leaves Utilitarianism
Arguing for Utilitarianism. Bentham and the Principle of Utility
Mill: Proof and Sentiment
Self-Evidence and the Language of Morality
Utilitarianism and Commonsense Morality
The Case against Deontology
The Appeal of Utilitarianism
Objections to Utilitarianism
Utilitarianism Condones Immoral Conduct
Promises and Particularity of Obligation
The Distribution of Welfare
Is Utilitarianism Too Demanding?
Refining Utilitarianism
Second-Order Moral Judgements
Moives, Dispositions, and Traits of Character
The Importance of Secondary Rule
The Rules of the Ordinary Morality
Two Levels of Moral Thinking
Rule Utilitarianism
Rights, Liberty, and Punishment
The Criminal Justice System
The Nature and Function of Rights
The Nature and Function of Rights
Personal Liberty
Justice, Welfare, and Economic Distribution
Some facts about Poverty and Inequality
Thinking about Justice
Nozick's Libertarianism
Rawl's Theory of Justice
Utilitarianism and Distributive Equality
Virtue, Personal Life, and the Demands of Morality
Good-Bye to Normative Theory?
Utilitarianism and the Virtues
Moral Fanacticism and the things we value
Those Who Are Near and Dear
The Personal Point of View
The Needs of Strangers