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Building on the strengths of the highly successful first edition, the extensively updated Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory presents a complete state-of-the-art survey, written by an international team of leading moral philosophers. * A new edition of this successful and highly regarded Guide, now reorganized and updated with the addition of significant new material * Includes 21 essays written by an international team of leading philosophers * Extensive, substantive essays develop the main arguments of all the leading viewpoints in ethical theory * Essays new to this edition cover evolution and ethics, capability ethics, virtues and consequences, and the implausibility of virtue ethics
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  • Paperback | 518 pages
  • 173 x 247 x 24mm | 782g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 1444330098
  • 9781444330090
  • 683,451

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Building on the strengths of the highly successful first edition, the Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory has been thoroughly reorganized and revised, with the inclusion of an additional five new essays and major modification of nearly all of the remaining essays.



Ranging from moral realism to virtue ethics, this superb volume presents a complete state-of-the-art survey of ethical theory. Written by an international team of leading moral philosophers, each of the 21 papers develops the main tenets, arguments, themes, and problems of the main normative and meta-ethical philosophical outlooks. Essays new to this edition cover evolution and ethics, capability ethics, virtues and consequences, and challenges facing virtue ethics.



This volume is one of the most ambitious and authoritative surveys of ethical theory available today. It serves as a groundbreaking resource as well as a comprehensive guide for both students and scholars alike.
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Table of contents

Notes on Editors and Contributors vii Introduction 1 Hugh LaFollette and Ingmar Persson Part I Metaethics and Moral Epistemology 1 Moral Realism 17 Michael Smith 2 Relativism 43 Simon Blackburn 3 Moral Agreement 59 Derek Parfit 4 Divine Command Theory 81 Philip L. Quinn 5 Moral Intuition 103 Jeff McMahan Part II Factual Background of Ethics 6 Ethics and Evolution 123 Richard Joyce 7 Psychological Egoism 148 Elliott Sober 8 The Science of Ethics 169 Ron Mallon and John M. Doris 9 The Relevance of Responsibility to Morality 197 Ingmar Persson Part III Normative Ethics 10 Act-Utilitarianism 221 R.G. Frey 11 Rule-Consequentialism 238 Brad Hooker 12 Nonconsequentialism 261 F.M. Kamm 13 Intuitionism 287 David McNaughton and Piers Rawling 14 Kantianism 311 Thomas E. Hill Jr 15 Contractarianism 332 Geoffrey Sayre-McCord 16 Rights 354 L.W. Sumner 17 Libertarianism 373 Jan Narveson 18 Virtue Ethics 394 Michael Slote 19 Capability Ethics 412 Ingrid Robeyns 20 Feminist Ethics 433 Alison M. Jaggar 21 Continental Ethics 461 William R. Schroeder Index 487
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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 editor-in-chief of the nine volume International Encyclopedia of Ethics (2013), and author of The Practice of Ethics (Blackwell, 2007) and Personal Relationships: Love, Identity, and Morality (Blackwell, 1995). He is 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). Ingmar Persson is Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Gothenburg, and Distinguished Research Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. His publications include The Retreat of Reason (2005) and, together with Julian Savulescu, Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement (2012). He is now finishing From Morality to the End of Reason: An Essay on Rights, Reasons and Responsibility.
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