Drawing Morals

Drawing Morals : Essays in Ethical Theory

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This volume contains selected essays in moral and political philosophy by Thomas Hurka. The essays address a wide variety of topics, from the well-rounded life and the value of playing games to proportionality in war and the ethics of nationalism. They also share a common aim: to illuminate the surprising richness and subtlety of our everyday moral thought by revealing its underlying structure, which they often do by representing that structure on graphs. More
specifically, the essays all give what the first in the volume calls "structural" as against "foundational" analyses of moral views. Eschewing the grander ambition of grounding our ideas about, say, virtue or desert in claims that use different concepts and concern some other, allegedly more fundamental
topic, they examine these ideas in their own right and with close attention to their details. As well as illuminating their individual topics, the essays illustrate the insights this structural method can yield.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 175 x 241 x 27mm | 564g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0199743096
  • 9780199743094
  • 2,029,953

Table of contents

Preface ; Acknowledgements ; Introduction ; I. Methodology ; 1 Normative Ethics: Back to the Future ; II. Comparing and Combining Goods ; 2 Value and Population Size ; 3 The Well-Rounded Life ; 4 Monism, Pluralism, and Rational Regret ; 5 How Great a Good is Virtue? ; 6 Two Kinds of Organic Unity ; 7 Asymmetries in Value ; III. Individual Goods ; 8 Why Value Autonomy? ; 9 Desert: Holistic and Individualistic ; 10 Virtuous Act, Virtuous Disposition ; 11 Games and the Good ; IV. Principles of Right ; 12 Rights and Capital Punishment ; 13 Two Kinds of Satisficing ; 14 The Justification of National Partiality ; 15 Proportionality in the Morality of War
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One should hope and expect that intriguing puzzles emerge from a collection of essays like this. Perhaps the most important moral to be drawn from Drawing Morals is that Hurka's structural method and the insights he explores will continue to engender further philosophizing. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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About Thomas Hurka

Thomas Hurka is Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Perfectionism, Principles: Short Essays on Ethics, Virtue, Vice, and Value, and The Best Things in Life, as well as of many articles in moral and political philosophy. For two years he wrote a philosophy column for the Globe and Mail newspaper.
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