The Act Itself

The Act Itself

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The Act Itself offers a deeper understanding of what is going on in our own moral thoughts about human behaviour. Many of the descriptions of behaviour on which our moral thoughts are based are confused; others may be free of confusion, but still we are not clear in our minds about what thoughts they are. That is would hurt her, it would be disloyal, it wouldn't be done with that intention, it would be dangerous, it would involve allowing harm but not producing it-thoughts like these support our moral judgements and thus guide our lives. In so far as we do not deeply understand them, this is a kind of servitude. As Locke said, 'He is the most enslaved who is so in his understanding.' Jonathan Bennett presents conceptual analysis as a means to getting more control of our thoughts and thus of our more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 138.2 x 215.1 x 15mm | 312.98g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 019823791X
  • 9780198237914
  • 1,674,260

Table of contents

1. Analysis ; 2. Facts about Behaviour ; 3. Moral Judgement ; 4. Making/Allowing ; 5. Moral Significance ; 6. Positive/Negative ; 7. Active/Passive ; 8. Other Attempts ; 9. Demands ; 10. Atrocities ; 11. Intentions ; Bibliography ; Indexesshow more

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This book is the result of thirty years' hard thinking by an acute moral philosopher on the foundations of our morality. * Roger Crisp, Times Literary Supplement * This is an admirable book - engaging, direct and a pleasure to read. * Jonathan Dancy, Mind * This is first-rate work, required reading for anyone interested in moral theory and (I should think) in the theory of action. * Judith Jarvis Thomson, Nous *show more

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