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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 144 x 217 x 15mm | 306g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0199826722
  • 9780199826728
  • 941,826

Table of contents

Introduction by Barry Stroud ; Reconciling Our Aims ; 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 by Michael Bratman ; Comments on Allan Gibbard byJohn Broome ; Should You Save This Child? Gibbard on Intuitions, Contractualism, and Strains of Commitment by F. M. Kamm ; Reply to Commentators by Allan Gibbard ; Bibliography
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Review quote

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 *
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About Allan Gibbard

Alan Gibbard is Richard Brandt University Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan

Barry Stroud is Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley
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