Moral Philosophy through the Ages
This book takes a middle ground between the topical and historical approaches to Western ethics. The chapters are topically arranged, but preserve the flow of history in two ways. First, each chapter explains the historical development of the topic under consideration. Second, most chapters focus on a specific famous philosopher who championed a particular tradition, such as Aristotle, Locke, or Kant, and the chapters are chronologically ordered based on when these key philosophers lived.
- Paperback | 294 pages
- 160 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 453.6g
- 01 Sep 2000
- McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
- Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
- United States
- English, Multiple languages
About James Fieser
James Fieser is an Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University's Department of Philosophy (1983, 1986). He has published articles on the topics of the philosophy of religion, rights theory, environmental ethics, moral skepticism, David Hume, and Thomas Aquinas. He has created several World Wide Web sites in philosophy, including the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Table of contents
Preface 1. Cultural Relativism 2. Plato's Moral Objectivism 3. Virtue Theory 4. Natural Law Theory 5. Morality and the Will of God 6. Social Contract Theory 7. Duty Theory 8. Natural and Human Rights 9. Moral Reason Versus Moral Feeling 10. Kant's Categorical Imperative 11. Utilitarianism 12. Evolutionary Ethics 13. Emotivism and Prescriptivism 14. Best Reasons Morality and the Problem of Abortion 15. The Interrelation Between Different Ethical Theories Glossary Index