Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory

Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory

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Ranging from moral realism to virtue ethics, this superb new volume presents a complete state-of-the-art survey of ethical theory. Written by an international assembly of leading moral philosophers, each of the twenty-one newly-commissioned papers develops the main tenets, arguments, themes, and problems of the main normative and meta-ethical philosophical outlooks. Contributors are Michael Smith, Simon Blackburn, Philip L. Quinn, James Rachels, Jeff McMahan, John D. Caputo, Elliott Sober, Laurence Thomas, R. G. Frey, Brad Hooker, F. M. Kamm, Thomas E. Hill, Jr., Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, David McNaughton, L. W. Sumner, Jan Narveson, Michael Slote, Alison Jagger, William R. Schroeder, Hugh LaFollette, and James P. Sterba. This volume is arguably the most ambitious and authoritative survey of ethical theory available today. It serves as a groundbreaking resource as well as a comprehensive guide for both students and general readers alike.
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  • Hardback | 456 pages
  • 172 x 244 x 38.1mm | 1,081g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0631201181
  • 9780631201182

Table of contents

General Introduction.Part I: Meta-Ethics:The status of ethics: 1. Moral Realism: Michael Smith (Australian National University).2. Relativism: Simon Blackburn (University of North Carolina).What grounds ethical claims? 3. Divine Command Theory: Philip L. Quinn (University of Notre Dame).4. Naturalism: James Rachels (University of Alabama at Birmingham).5. Moral Intuition: Jeff McMahan (University of Illinois).Against ethical theory: 6. The End of Ethics: John D. Caputo (Villanova University).Psychology and ethics: 7. Psychological Egoism: Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin).8. Moral Psychology: Laurence Thomas (Syracuse University).Part II: Normative Ethics:Consequentialism: 9. Act-Utilitarianism: R. G. Frey (Bowling Green State University).10. Rule-Consequentialism: Brad Hooker (University of Reading). Deontology: 11. Nonconsequentialism: F. M. Kamm (New York University).12. Kantianism: Thomas E. Hill, Jr. (University of North Carolina).13. Contractarianism: Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (University of North Carolina).14. Intuitionism: David McNaughton (University of Keele).15. Rights: L. W. Sumner (University of Toronto).16. Libertarianism: Jan Narveson (University of Waterloo).Alternative views: 17. Virtue Ethics: Michael Slote (University of Maryland).18. Feminist Ethics: Alison M. Jaggar (University of Colorado).19. Continental Ethics: William R. Schroeder (University of Illinois).20. Pragmatic Ethics: Hugh LaFollette (East Tennessee State University).21. Toward Reconciliation in Ethics: James P. Sterba (University of Notre Dame).Index.
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""The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory" is, for its size, perhaps the best single-volume resource guide to contemporary ethical theory." "Robert B. Louden, APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, Spring 2001." "The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory is, for its size, perhaps the best single-volume resource guide to contemporary ethical theory." Robert B. Louden, APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, Spring 2001.
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About Hugh LaFollette

Hugh LaFollette is Marie and Leslie E. Cole Chair in Ethics, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. He is author of The Practice of Ethics (Blackwell, 2007) and Personal Relationships: Love, Identity, and Morality (Blackwell, 1995), co-author of Brute Science: The Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation (1996), and editor of several other volumes, including Ethics in Practice: An Anthology (third edition, Blackwell, 2007).
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