Understanding Human Goods

Understanding Human Goods : a Theory of Ethics

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The human world is alive with different sorts of goods - the multifarious things we all see as worth achieving or celebrating by our action and in our living. Timothy Chappell argues that we can't live well, still less think well about ethics, if we don't properly understand these issues. Venturing into new ground, he surveys the central topics in philosophy, providing an historical and philosophical map of the major themes. From utilitarianism, Kantianism, virtue ethics, personal identity, Parfitian reductionism, animals, abortion and euthanasia, to free will and the meaning of life itself, he takes us on an original and thought-provoking journey through ethics.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.4 x 18.3mm | 362.88g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0748610286
  • 9780748610280

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Ambitious and surely worthy, and Chappell's conclusions will appeal to many Chappell's book gives an original and highly plausible approach to normative ethics. It deserves to be taken seriously by professionals in moral philosophy. Philosophers dealing with the problem of evil could also learn much from it. -- Harry J Gensler A serious contribution to moral philosophy. I am most impressed by Chappell's originality andargumentative clarity. -- Stephen Priest Chappell's book gives an original and highly plausible approach to normative ethics. It deserves to be taken seriously by professionals in moral philosophy. Philosophers dealing with the problem of evil could also learn much from it An ambitious, dense and complex promulgation of a pluralist Aristotelian naturalism founded upon the alleged 'basic goods' of any possible (flourishing) human life. Ambitious and surely worthy, and Chappell's conclusions will appeal to many Chappell's book gives an original and highly plausible approach to normative ethics. It deserves to be taken seriously by professionals in moral philosophy. Philosophers dealing with the problem of evil could also learn much from it. A serious contribution to moral philosophy. I am most impressed by Chappell's originality andargumentative clarity. Chappell's book gives an original and highly plausible approach to normative ethics. It deserves to be taken seriously by professionals in moral philosophy. Philosophers dealing with the problem of evil could also learn much from it An ambitious, dense and complex promulgation of a pluralist Aristotelian naturalism founded upon the alleged 'basic goods' of any possible (flourishing) human life.show more

About T. D. J. Chappell

T D J Chappell is Professor of Philosophy at The Open University Ethics Centre.show more