Morality and the Good Life

Morality and the Good Life

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Morality and the Good Life includes thirty-four contemporary selections on morality and theory of value, emphasizing value theory, meta-ethics and normative ethics. It can serve as the main text for undergraduate and graduate courses on contemporary ethical theory, moral philosophy and theory of value. Its selections are essentially nontechnical and accessible to a wide range of readers, including advanced undergraduates, from various disciplines. The book's selections fall under six main topics: (I) Concepts of Goodness, (II) What Things are Good?, (III) Virtues and Ethics, (IV) Realism vs. Anti-Realism, (V) Value and Obligation, and (VI) The Value and Meaning of Life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 167.13 x 233.68 x 26.67mm | 800g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195105389
  • 9780195105384
  • 2,278,775

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION ; PART I. CONCEPTS OF GOODNESS ; A. COGNITIVIST APPROACHES ; 1. The Subject-Matter of Ethics ; 2. Ethical Absolutism and the Ideal Observer ; B. NONOGNITIVIST APPROACHES: DEFENSE AND CRITICISM ; 3. Critique of Ethics ; 4. Critique of Ayer ; 5. Reply to Critics ; 6. Expressivism ; 7. Selections from Descriptive Meaning and Principles ; 8. Moral Beliefs ; C. KINDS OF GOODNESS ; 9. Two Distinctions in Goodness ; PART 11. WHAT THINGS ARE GOOD? ; A. HEDONISM: DEFENSE AND CRITICISM ; 10. Ultimate Good ; 11. Value and Pleasure ; B. THE DESIRE-SATISFACTION THEORY: DEFENSE AND CRITICISM ; 12. The Good of Man ; 13. Desire and the Human Good ; C. OBJECTIVIST THEORIES ; 14. The Ideal ; 15. What things are Good? and Moral Goodness ; 16. Perfectionism ; 17. What Makes Someone's Life Go Best? ; PART III. VIRTUES AND ETHICS ; 18. Modern Moral Philosophy ; 19. Virtues and Vices ; 20. The Nature of the Virtues ; PART IV. REALISM VS. ANTI-REALISM ; 21. The Subjectivity of Values ; 22. Values and Secondary Qualities ; 23. Errors and the Phenomenology of Value ; 24. Moral Explanations ; PART V. VALUE AND OBLIGATION ; 25. Results the Test of Right and Wrong ; 26. Act-Utilitarianism and Rule-Utilitarianism ; 27. The Real and Alleged Problems of Utilitarianism ; 28. What Makes Right Acts Right? ; 29. Obligation and Motivation in Recent Moral Philosophy ; 30. A Modified Divine Command Theory of Ethical Wrongness ; PART VI. THE VALUE AND MEANING OF LIFE ; 31. My Confession ; 32. Meaning and Value of Life ; 33. Morality and the Meaning of Life: Some First Thoughts ; 34. Goods and Lives ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ON CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL THEORY ; INDEX
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"An excellent selection of essays on the most important topics of ethics and ethical theories..."--Ivan Boh, Ohio State University
"A wonderful selection of some of the great articles and short pieces on ethics."--William E. Hannaford, Jr., Champlain College
"This valuable reader is clearly organized, providing students with a comprehensive framework as well as comprehensible introductions to the discipline in general and individual moral philosophers in particular. The work is equally valuable as a primary text, supplemental reader, and/or reference source."--Harold Warlick, High Point University
"Excellent and accessible work. Introduction and summaries of articles quite lucid. Comprehensive in range and outlook. A positive contribution."--Ramesh Patel, Antioch College
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