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Morals from Motives

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Morals from Motives develops a virtue ethics inspired more by Hume and Hutcheson's moral sentimentalism than by recently-influential Aristotelianism. It argues that a reconfigured and expanded "morality of caring" can offer a general account of right and wrong action as well as social justice. Expanding the frontiers of ethics, it goes on to show how a motive-based "pure" virtue theory can also help us to understand the nature of human well-being and practical reason.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 132.1 x 213.9 x 17.8mm | 340.2g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195170202
  • 9780195170207
  • 1,004,764

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"[Slote's] project is an attractively shaped one. It is also ambitious, encompassing discussions of political morality and practical rationality."-Times Literary Supplement, November 22, 2002 "The purest and most interesting virtue-ethical theory yet developed. The publication of this book should change the way virtue ethics is understood."-Thomas Hurka, University of Toronto "Revivals of virtue ethics usually take their cue from Aristotle and the Stoics. Not so Michael Slote's stimulating new book Morals from Motives>, which instead develops virtue ethics approaches inspired, respectively, by the British sentimentalism of Hutcheson and the feminist ethics of care...[A]n ambitious and ground-breaking approach...surprising if this book did not generate significant interest in agent-based forms of virtue ethics."-Michael Brady, Philosophical Quarterly "Contemporary virtue ethics has had a decidedly Aristotelian look to it, at least until now. Michael Slote offers an interesting alternative in his new book Morals from Motives. Slote here develops a sentimentalist approach to virtue ethics, one that is inspired by the Humean rather than the Aristotelian tradition in ethics...This book should be required reading for those interested in virtue ethics and understanding how it compares to other moral theories."-Julia Driver, Journal of Ethics "Revivals of virtue ethics usually take their cue from Aristotle and the Stoics. Not so Michael Slote's stimulating new book Morals from Motives, which instead develops virtue ethics approaches inspired, respectively, by the British sentimentalism of Hutcheson and the feminist ethics of care...[A]n ambitious and ground-breaking approach...surprising if this book did not generate significant interest in agent-based forms of virtue ethics."-Michael Brady, Philosophical Quarterlyshow more

Table of contents

PART I: MORALITY AND JUSTICE; PART II: PRACTICAL RATIONALITY AND HUMAN GOODshow more

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