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Morality : Its Nature and Justification

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For more than thirty years, philosopher Bernard Gert has been developing and refining his distinctive and comprehensive moral theory. His classic work on this subject was first published in 1970 as The Moral Rules, and greatly revised editions appeared in 1975 and 1988 (the latter published by OUP under the title Morality: A New Justification of the Moral Rules). Now, in this final revision, Gert has produced his fullest and most sophisticated statement of this influential theoretical model. Morality, Its Nature and Justification differs from the previous edition in many important respects, and throughout the book, Gert attempts to answer all of the criticisms his work has attracted.show more

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  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.4 x 28.4mm | 661.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195122569
  • 9780195122565
  • 1,474,890

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Gert's account of morality as a public system that applies to all rational persons is the only objective account of morality that allows for limited moral disagreement. It explains why abortion and the treatment of animals are such controversial issues, justifies deciding some moral problems by voting, and explains the prevalence of hypocrisy.show more

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"This book provides distinctive and powerful accounts of rationality and impartiality and develops a plausible and original moral theory on the basis of them. Packed with insightful arguments, an excellent model of the integration of normative ethics and metaethics, and written with a clear and direct style, the book is both first-rate teaching material and an indispensable resource for professionals." --Robert Audi, University of Nebraska"It is of interest because persistence in refining a moral theory is rare and because it continues to fill a niche not occupied by other prominent theories. Highly recommended for all collections in moral theory."--Choice"There is much to admire and agree with in Bernard Gert's book Morality: Its Nature and Justification. Few philosophers have even attempted to provide the systematic account of the content of morality, what Gert calls the moral system, together with its justification that this book contains."--Dan W. Brock, Brown University..".Gert's rich, probing, and brilliantly illuminating treatment of an 'evergreen' in moral theory, the question, 'Why be moral?'"--Kurt Baier, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh"Gert's Morality is a remarkably original, lucid, ambitious, and wide-ranging book. No short essay can do justice to it."--Thomas L. Carson, Loyola University Chicago"Bernard Gert's account of the nature of morality may very well be the best and most significant contribution to general, substantive, theoretical ethics produced in the twentieth century."--Edward J. Bond, emeritus, Queens University, Ontario "This book provides distinctive and powerful accounts of rationality and impartiality and develops a plausible and original moral theory on the basis of them. Packed with insightful arguments, an excellent model of the integration of normative ethics and metaethics, and written with a clear and direct style, the book is both first-rate teaching material and an indispensable resource for professionals." --Robert Audi, University of Nebraska"It is of interest because persistence in refining a moral theory is rare and because it continues to fill a niche not occupied by other prominent theories. Highly recommended for all collections in moral theory."--Choice"There is much to admire and agree with in Bernard Gert's book Morality: Its Nature and Justification. Few philosophers have even attempted to provide the systematic account of the content of morality, what Gert calls the moral system, together with its justification that this book contains."--Dan W. Brock, Brown University..".Gert's rich, probing, and brilliantly illuminating treatment of an 'evergreen' in moral theory, the question, 'Why be moral?'"--Kurt Baier, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh"Gert's Morality is a remarkably original, lucid, ambitious, and wide-ranging book. No short essay can do justice to it."--Thomas L. Carson, Loyola University Chicago"Bernard Gert's account of the nature of morality may very well be the best and most significant contribution to general, substantive, theoretical ethics produced in the twentieth century."--Edward J. Bond, emeritus, Queens University, Ontario "This book provides distinctive and powerful accounts of rationality and impartiality and develops a plausible and original moral theory on the basis of them. Packed with insightful arguments, an excellent model of the integration of normative ethics and metaethics, and written with a clear and direct style, the book is both first-rate teaching material and an indispensable resource for professionals." --Robert Audi, University of Nebraska "It is of interest because persistence in refining a moral theory is rare and because it continues to fill a niche not occupied by other prominent theories. Highly recommended for all collections in moral theory."--Choice "There is much to admire and agree with in Bernard Gert's book Morality: Its Nature and Justification. Few philosophers have even attempted to provide the systematic account of the content of morality, what Gert calls the moral system, together with its justification that this book contains."--Dan W. Brock, Brown University .,."Gert's rich, probing, and brilliantly illuminating treatment of an 'evergreen' in moral theory, the question, 'Why be moral?'"--Kurt Baier, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh "Gert's Morality is a remarkably original, lucid, ambitious, and wide-ranging book. No short essay can do justice to it."--Thomas L. Carson, Loyola University Chicago "Bernard Gert's account of the nature of morality may very well be the best and most significant contribution to general, substantive, theoretical ethics produced in the twentieth century."--Edward J. Bond, emeritus, Queens University, Ontario "This book provides distinctive and powerful accounts of rationality and impartiality and develops a plausible and original moral theory on the basis of them. Packed with insightful arguments, an excellent model of the integration of normative ethics and metaethics, and written with a clear and direct style, the book is both first-rate teaching material and an indispensable resource for professionals." --Robert Audi, University of Nebraska "It is of interest because persistence in refining a moral theory is rare and because it continues to fill a niche not occupied by other prominent theories. Highly recommended for all collections in moral theory."--Choice "There is much to admire and agree with in Bernard Gert's book Morality: Its Nature and Justification. Few philosophers have even attempted to provide the systematic account of the content of morality, what Gert calls the moral system, together with its justification that this book contains."--Dan W. Brock, Brown University , .."Gert's rich, probing, and brilliantly illuminating treatment of an 'evergreen' in moral theory, the question, 'Why be moral?'"--Kurt Baier, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh "Gert's Morality is a remarkably original, lucid, ambitious, and wide-ranging book. No short essay can do justice to it."--Thomas L. Carson, Loyola University Chicago "Bernard Gert's account of the nature of morality may very well be the best and most significant contribution to general, substantive, theoretical ethics produced in the twentieth century."--Edward J. Bond, emeritus, Queens University, Ontario "This book provides distinctive and powerful accounts of rationality and impartiality and develops a plausible and original moral theory on the basis of them. Packed with insightful arguments, an excellent model of the integration of normative ethics and metaethics, and written with a clear anddirect style, the book is both first-rate teaching material and an indispensable resource for professionals." --Robert Audi, University of Nebraska"It is of interest because persistence in refining a moral theory is rare and because it continues to fill a niche not occupied by other prominent theories. Highly recommended for all collections in moral theory."--Choice"There is much to admire and agree with in Bernard Gert's book Morality: Its Nature and Justification. Few philosophers have even attempted to provide the systematic account of the content of morality, what Gert calls the moral system, together with its justification that this book contains."--DanW. Brock, Brown University.,."Gert's rich, probing, and brilliantly illuminating treatment of an 'evergreen' in moral theory, the question, 'Why be moral?'"--Kurt Baier, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh"Gert's Morality is a remarkably original, lucid, ambitious, and wide-ranging book. No short essay can do justice to it."--Thomas L. Carson, Loyola University Chicago"Bernard Gert's account of the nature of morality may very well be the best and most significant contribution to general, substantive, theoretical ethics produced in the twentieth century."--Edward J. Bond, emeritus, Queens University, Ontarioshow more

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