Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character

Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character

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This book presents an ethical theory that uniquely integrates naturalistic and rationalistic elements. Robert Audi develops his theory in four areas: moral epistemology, the metaphysics of ethics, moral psychology, and the foundations of ethics. Comprising both new and published work, the book sets forth a moderate intuitionism, clarifies the relation between reason and motivation, constructs a theory of intrinsic value and its place in moral obligation, and presents a sophisticated account of moral justification. The concluding chapter articulates a new normative framework built from both Kantian and intuitionist elements. Connecting ethics in novel ways to both the theory of value and the philosophy of action, the essays explore topics such as ethical intuition, reason and judgement, and virtue. Audi also considers major views in the history of ethics, including those of Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Mill, Moore, and W. D. Ross, and engages contemporary work on autonomy, responsibility, objectivity, reasons, and other issues. Clear and conceptually rich, this book makes vital reading for students and scholars of ethics.show more

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195114698
  • 9780195114690
  • 1,673,107

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"Significant, carefully argued, broad in scope."-Roger Crisp, St. Anne's College, Oxford "This extremely ambitious book reconfirms Audi's status as one of the most prominent philosophers writing about ethics and its relationship to other fields, especially epistemology....Important not only for Audi's sophisticated intuitionist theory, but also for its clarification of major alternatives to intuitionism."-Bernard Gert, Dartmouth College> "In defending ethical intuitionism, objective values and objective reasons for action, Audi swims against the stream. People interested in ethical theory should read this book to make sure they are headed in the right direction."-Bruce Russell, Wayne State University Together with Audi's previous books on epistemology, action, and practical reasoning, this collection establishes Audi as one of the most careful systematic philosophers working today ... He sympathetically interprets all sides in a debate, then painstakingly carves out an intermediate position that usually recognizes some truth in each opponent ... Audi is a systemizer. This makes his views rich and important ... Audi is a subdivider. This makes his views precise ... Audi's positions are developed with more than enough subtlety and force to make his essays essential and helpful reading for all professors and graduate students who work on any of the main topics that he discusses. * Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2: 1999 * "In these lively and wide-ranging essays, Robert Audi develops the most sophisticated, subtle, and detailed version of moral intuitionism since W. D. Ross. Audi also explores connections between his moral epistemology and moral psychology, the metaphysics of action, and a general theory of rationality. This book should be not only read but also carefully studied by everyone interested in moral theory."-Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dartmouth Collegeshow more

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