The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory

The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory

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Ranging from moral realism to virtue ethics, this superb new volume presents a complete state-of-the-art survey of ethical theory. Written by an international assembly of leading moral philosophers, each of the twenty-one newly-commissioned papers develops the main tenets, arguments, themes, and problems of the main normative and meta-ethical philosophical outlooks. Contributors are Michael Smith, Simon Blackburn, Philip L. Quinn, James Rachels, Jeff McMahan, John D. Caputo, Elliott Sober, Laurence Thomas, R. G. Frey, Brad Hooker, F. M. Kamm, Thomas E. Hill, Jr., Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, David McNaughton, L. W. Sumner, Jan Narveson, Michael Slote, Alison Jagger, William R. Schroeder, Hugh LaFollette, and James P. Sterba. This volume is arguably the most ambitious and authoritative survey of ethical theory available today. It serves as a groundbreaking resource as well as a comprehensive guide for both students and general readers alike.
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  • 171 x 246 x 33mm | 810g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • 1405164840
  • 9781405164849

Table of contents

Contributors. Introduction. Part I: META-ETHICS. The status of ethics. 1. Moral Realism (Michael Smith). 2. Relativism (Simon Blackburn). What Grounds ethical claims?. 3. Divine Command Theory (Philip L. Quinn). 4. Naturalism (James Rachels). 5. Moral Intuitions (Jeff McMahan). Against Ethical Theory. 6. The End to Ethics (John D. Caputo). Psychology and Ethics. 7. Psychological Egoism (Elliott Sober). 8. Moral Psychology (Laurence Thomas). Part II: Normative Ethics. Consequentialism. 9. Act-Utilitarianism (R. G. Frey). 10. Rule-Consequentialism (Brad Hooker). Deontology. 11. Nonconsequentialism (F.M. Kamm). 12. Kantianism (Thomas E. Hill, Jr). 13. Contractarianism (Geoffrey Sayre-McCord). 14. Intuitionism (David McNaughton). 15. Rights (L.W. Sumner). 16. Libertarianism (Jan Narveson). Alternatie Views. 17. Virtue Ethics (Michael Slote). 18. Feminist Ethics (Alison M. Jaggar). 19. Continental Ethics (William R. Schroeder). 20. Pragmatic Ethics (Hugh LaFollette). 21. Toward Reconciliation in Ethics (James P. Sterba). Index.
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Review quote

"The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory is, for its size, perhaps the best single-volume resource guide to contemporary ethical theory." Robert B. Louden, APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, Spring 2001.
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About Hugh LaFollette

Hugh LaFollette is Marie and Leslie E. Cole Chair in Ethics, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. He is author of The Practice of Ethics (Blackwell, 2007) and Personal Relationships: Love, Identity, and Morality (Blackwell, 1995), co-author of Brute Science: The Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation (1996), and editor of several other volumes, including Ethics in Practice: An Anthology (third edition, Blackwell, 2007).
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