The Elements of Moral Philosophy

The Elements of Moral Philosophy


  • Release: 1986
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  • File: PDF, 169 page
  • ISBN: 0877224056
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Socrates said that moral philosophy deals with 'no small matter, but how we ought to live'. Beginning with a minimum conception of what morality is, the author offers discussions of the most important ethical theories. He includes treatments of such topics as cultural relativism, ethical subjectivism, psychological egoism, and ethical egoism.

The Elements of Moral Philosophy

The Elements of Moral Philosophy


  • Release: 2009-02-27
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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  • File: PDF, 224 page
  • ISBN: 0073386715
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Firmly established as the standard text for undergraduate courses in ethics, this concise, lively book takes the reader on an in-depth tour of the major moral theories, always illustrating abstract ideas with concrete examples. Separate, self-contained chapters examine such theories as Egoism, Kantianism, Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics, and the Social Contract Theory. Through this conceptual framework, the text addresses timely and provocative issues, including abortion, racism, euthanasia, poverty, marijuana, homosexuality, the death penalty, and vegetarianism. The text's versatility makes it an ideal choice for use not only in ethical theory courses, but also in applied ethics courses of all kinds.

Can Ethics Provide Answers

Can Ethics Provide Answers


  • Release: 1997
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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  • File: PDF, 245 page
  • ISBN: 0847683486
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Esteemed moral philosopher James Rachels here collects fifteen essays, some classic and others extensively revised, on the nature and limits of moral reasoning. Rachels argues that, rather than simply expressing societal conventions, moral philosophy can subvert received opinion and replace it with something better. Combining a concern for ethical theory with a discussion of practical moral issues such as euthanasia, the rights of animals, privacy, and affirmative action. Can Ethics Provide Answers is an excellent collection for students, scholars, and anyone concerned with the degree to which our principles can guide our policies.

Ethical Theory  The question of objectivity

Ethical Theory The question of objectivity


  • Release: 1998
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
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  • File: PDF, 256 page
  • ISBN: 0198751923
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This is the first of two new volumes in the successful Oxford Readings in Philosophy series which together provide a fascinating, accessible selection of the most important work in contemporary moral philosophy.Ethical Theory 1: The Question of Objectivity deals with the question of objectivity in ethics and the viability of 'moral realism', focusing on what moral judgements mean, whether morality can be objective, and whether there are any such things as 'moral facts'. Like Ethical Theory 2: Theories About How We Should Live, this volume gathers together classic and contemporary articles, many of which are not otherwise readily available, and includes a clearly written,substantial, critical introduction guiding the beginner through the intricacies of the subject.

The Legacy of Socrates

The Legacy of Socrates


  • Release: 2007
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
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  • File: PDF, 248 page
  • ISBN: 023113844X
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James Rachels's philosophical writings address key questions of contemporary life and the classic dilemmas of moral philosophy. A leading figure in the development of applied ethics, James Rachels became an influential and sometimes controversial thinker on issues concerning animal rights, euthanasia, bioethics, and moral objectivity. This final collection of James Rachels's work brings together fourteen essays that best summarize Rachels's philosophical positions. The essays also shed new light on the depth and breadth of Rachels's work and its importance for contemporary philosophy. Written in Rachels's characteristically lucid, literary prose, these essays address the relationship between morality and reason, the duty to relieve both human and animal suffering, the independence of morality from religion, the rejection of relativism and egoism, and the role of ethics in a democratic society. Rachels offers an argument for vegetarianism, examines a controversial case involving a surrogate mother, and speculates on the ethics of political killing. Other essays range from Rachels's interpretation of Nietzsche's philosophy to his appreciation of movies. Rachels was a strong believer in the ability of moral philosophy to improve our lives. This collection, which brings these important works together for the first time, is a testament to both the value of moral philosophy in understanding our world and the richness of Rachels's contributions to this understanding.

Problems from Philosophy

Problems from Philosophy


  • Release: 2008-03-21
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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  • File: PDF, 240 page
  • ISBN: 007338660X
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"This [text] is an introduction to some of the main problems of philosophy—the existence of God, the nature of the mind, human freedom, the limits of knowledge, and the truth about ethics. The chapters may be read independently of one another, but when read in order, they tell a more or less continuous story. We begin with some reflections on the life of Socrates and then go on to the existence of God, which is the most basic philosophical question, because our answer to it affects everything else. This leads naturally to a discussion of death and the soul, and then to more modern ideas about the nature of persons. The later chapters are about whether we can have objective knowledge in either science or ethics." -from the Preface Problems from Philosophy represents the final work of author and philosopher James Rachels. In it, he brings the same liveliness and clarity to the introduction of philosophy that he brings to his best-selling ethics text, The Elements of Moral Philosophy. This second edition has been revised by Rachels' son Stuart, who carefully has carefully refined his father's work to further strengthen its clarity and accessibility.

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy


  • Release: 2020-09-01
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
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  • File: PDF, 425 page
  • ISBN: 9780393428179
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From respected philosopher and writer Jonathan Wolff, this brief introduction to ethics stimulates independent thought, emphasizes real-world examples, and provides clear and engaging introductions to key moral theories and the thinkers behind them. The new Second Edition offers expanded coverage of moral reasoning, as well as two thoughtful and contemporary new chapters on applying moral philosophy and the ethics of race. A companion primary source collection, Readings in Moral Philosophy, amplifies issues discussed in the text, connecting them to problems in applied ethics.