Reconciling Our Aims

Reconciling Our Aims : In Search of Bases for Ethics

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In these three Tanner lectures, distinguished ethical theorist Allan Gibbard explores the nature of normative thought and the bases of ethics. In the first lecture he explores the role of intuitions in moral thinking and offers a way of thinking about the intuitive method of moral inquiry that both places this activity within the natural world and makes sense of it as an indispensable part of our lives as planners. In the second and third lectures he takes up the kind of substantive ethical inquiry he has described in the first lecture, asking how we might live together on terms that none of us could reasonably reject. Since working at cross purposes loses fruits that might stem from cooperation, he argues, any consistent ethos that meets this test would be, in a crucial way, utilitarian. It would reconcile our individual aims to establish, in Kant's phrase, a 'kingdom of ends'. The volume also contains an introduction by Barry Stroud, the volume editor, critiques by Michael Bratman (Stanford University), John Broome (Oxford University), and F. M. Kamm (Harvard University), and Gibbard's responses. THE BERKELEY TANNER LECTURES The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, which are presented annually at each of nine universities in the United States and Great Britain, are among the most prestigious and notable events of the academic year. This volume is the latest in a new interdisciplinary series of books based on the Tanner Lectures given at the University of California, Berkeley. The series aims to make these distinguished lectures, and the lively debates stimulated by their presentation in Berkeley, available to a broad more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 142.24 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195370422
  • 9780195370423
  • 2,021,020

About Allan Gibbard

Allan Gibbard is Richard B. Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, and is Member of the American Philosophical Society, Membre Titulaire of the Institut International de Philosophie, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the Econometric Society. He is the author of Wise Choices, Apt Feelings (1990), Thinking How to Live (2003), and numerous articles both in ethical theory and in such fields as theory of social choice, decision theory, evolutionary moral psychology, philosophy of mind and language, and more

Table of contents

List of Contributors; ; Introduction, Barry Stroud; ; Reconciling Our Aims, Allan Gibbard: ; I. Insight, Consistency, and Plans for Living ; II. Living Together: Economic and Moral Argument ; III. Common Goals and the Ideal Social Contract; ; Appendix: The Harsanyi-like Result; ; Comments: Normative Thinking and Planning, Individual and Shared, Michael Bratman; ; Comments on Allan Gibbard, John Broome; ; Should You Save This Child? Gibbard on Intuitions, Contractualism, and Strains of Commitment, F. M. Kamm; ; Reply to Commentators, Allan Gibbard ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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a work of impressive scope for a slim volume. ... Gibbard's own naturalistic picture of the normative is exceptionally rich, and the ways in which he develops it in Reconciling Our Aims are fascinating for anyone interested in the bases of ethics and of normativity in general. * Brian McElwee, Journal of Utilitas *show more

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