The Moral Philosophers

An Introduction to Ethics
Author: Richard J. Norman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 229
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The second edition of this accessible book features a new chapter on Nietzsche and an entirely new Part III that covers contemporary utilitarianism, rights-based ethical theories, contractarian ethics and virtue ethics, and recent debates between realism and anti-realism in ethics. The strengths of the first edition--its readability, historical approach, coverage of specific moral philosophers, and detailed recommended reading sections at the beginning of each chapter--combined with the new material make this an essential resource for all readers interested in ethics.

An Introduction to Ethics


Author: John Deigh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052177246X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 241
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This book examines the central questions of ethics through a study of the great ethical works of Western philosophy.

Philosophical Ethics

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Author: Tom L. Beauchamp
Publisher: McGraw-Hill College
ISBN: 9780072840827
Category: Philosophy
Page: 416
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This accessible overview of classical and modern moral theory with short readings provides comprehensive coverage of ethics and unique coverage of rights, justice, liberty and law. Real-life cases introduce each chapter. While the book's content is theoretical rather than applied ethics, Beauchamp consistently applies the theories to practical moral problems. Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill are at the book's core and they are placed in the context of moral philosophical controversies of the last 30 years. In this edition one-third of the reading selections are new and all the selections in chapter 8 on rights are new. Chapter 7 on Hume has been heavily reshaped. Chapter 1 has been reduced to get students past introductory material and into the philosophers.

Theories of Ethics

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy with a Selection of Classic Readings
Author: Gordon Graham
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780415999472
Category: Philosophy
Page: 388
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Theories of Ethics offers a comprehensive survey of the major schools and figures in moral philosophy, from Socrates to the present day. Written entirely in non-technical language, it aims to be introductory without being elementary, so that readers may quickly engage with selected readings from classic sources. The writings of major philosophers are explained in a structured exploration of recurrently important issues about right and wrong, good and evil, social relations and religious meaning. This book is a radical revision of Gordon Grahamâe(tm)s Eight Theories of Ethics (Routledge 2004). A hallmark of the new edition is the incorporation of primary readings into the text itself, making the book suitable as a stand-alone publication for any ethics course or for anyone wanting to know the history and arguments or moral philosophy. Primary sources include extracts from Aristotle, Camus, Hume, Kant, Locke, Mill, Nietzsche, Plato, Reid, and Sartre, as well as Aldo Leopold and James Lovelock. The new edition also offers extended treatment of the objective/subjective debate, social contract theory, Nietzsche on morality, recent interpretations of Kant, the relation between morality and the existence of God, and a full chapter on environmental ethics.

Morality and the Human Goods

An Introduction to Natural Law Ethics
Author: Alfonso Gómez-Lobo
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 0878408851
Category: Philosophy
Page: 142
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A concise and accessible introduction to natural law ethics, this book introduces readers to the mainstream tradition of Western moral philosophy. Building on philosophers from Plato through Aquinas to John Finnis, Alfonso Gómez-Lobo links morality to the protection of basic human goods--life, family, friendship, work and play, the experience of beauty, knowledge, and integrity--elements essential to a flourishing, happy human life. Gómez-Lobo begins with a discussion of Plato's Crito as an introduction to the practice of moral philosophy, showing that it requires that its participants treat each other as equals and offer rational arguments to persuade each other. He then puts forth a general principle for practical rationality: one should pursue what is good and avoid what is bad. The human goods form the basis for moral norms that provide a standard by which actions can be evaluated: do they support or harm the human goods? He argues that moral norms should be understood as a system of rules whose rationale is the protection and enhancement of human goods. A moral norm that does not enjoin the preservation or enhancement of a specific good is unjustifiable. Shifting to a case study approach, Gómez-Lobo applies these principles to a discussion of abortion and euthanasia. The book ends with a brief treatment of rival positions, including utilitarianism and libertarianism, and of conscience as our ultimate moral guide. Written as an introductory text for students of ethics and natural law, Morality and the Human Goods makes arguments consistent with Catholic teaching but is not based on theological considerations. The work falls squarely within the field of philosophical ethics and will be of interest to readers of any background.

Moral Questions

An Introduction to Ethics
Author: Jon Nuttall
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745668038
Category: Philosophy
Page: 228
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This new introduction to ethics is written for students who are approaching philosophy for the first time.

An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics


Author: Scott M. James
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444329529
Category: Philosophy
Page: 240
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Offering the first general introductory text to this subject, the timely Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics reflects the most up-to-date research and current issues being debated in both psychology and philosophy. The book presents students to the areas of cognitive psychology, normative ethics, and metaethics. The first general introduction to evolutionary ethics Provides a comprehensive survey of work in three distinct areas of research: cognitive psychology, normative ethics, and metaethics Presents the most up-to-date research available in both psychology and philosophy Written in an engaging and accessible style for undergraduates and the interested general reader Discusses the evolution of morality, broadening its relevance to those studying psychology

Being Good

A Short Introduction to Ethics
Author: Simon Blackburn
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780192853776
Category: Philosophy
Page: 162
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This accessible introduction to ethics continues the trend of Blackburn's best-selling Think. His rare combination of depth, rigor and sparking prose, and his distinguished ranking among contemporary philosophers, mark Being Good as an important statement on our current disenchantment with ethics.

Metaethics from a First Person Standpoint

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Author: Catherine Wilson
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
ISBN: 1783742011
Category: Philosophy
Page: 132
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Metaethics from a First Person Standpoint addresses in a novel format the major topics and themes of contemporary metaethics, the study of the analysis of moral thought and judgement. Metathetics is less concerned with what practices are right or wrong than with what we mean by ‘right’ and ‘wrong.’ Looking at a wide spectrum of topics including moral language, realism and anti-realism, reasons and motives, relativism, and moral progress, this book engages students and general readers in order to enhance their understanding of morality and moral discourse as cultural practices. Catherine Wilson innovatively employs a first-person narrator to report step-by-step an individual’s reflections, beginning from a position of radical scepticism, on the possibility of objective moral knowledge. The reader is invited to follow along with this reasoning, and to challenge or agree with each major point. Incrementally, the narrator is led to certain definite conclusions about ‘oughts’ and norms in connection with self-interest, prudence, social norms, and finally morality. Scepticism is overcome, and the narrator arrives at a good understanding of how moral knowledge and moral progress are possible, though frequently long in coming. Accessibly written, Metaethics from a First Person Standpoint presupposes no prior training in philosophy and is a must-read for philosophers, students and general readers interested in gaining a better understanding of morality as a personal philosophical quest.

Moral Theory

An Introduction
Author: Mark Timmons
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 0742564932
Category: Philosophy
Page: 380
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Moral Theory: An Introduction explores some of the most historically important and currently debated moral theories about the nature of the right and good. Providing an introduction to moral theory that explains and critically examines the theories of such classical moral philosophers as Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Bentham, Mill, and Ross, this book acquaints students with the work of contemporary moral philosophers. All of the book's chapters have been revised in light of recent work in moral theory. The second edition includes a new chapter on ethical egoism, an extensively revised chapter on moral particularism, and expanded coverage of divine command theory, moral relativism, and consequentialism. Additionally, this edition discusses recent work by moral psychologists that is making an impact on moral theory.

21st Century Ethics

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Author: Glenn Rogers
Publisher: Simpson & Brook, Publishers
ISBN: 9780982837153
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 394
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Dr. Rogers provides a historical overview of the major systems of moral philosophy that have shaped not only Western ethics but Western society itself and a functional framework for moral thinking and actingNthe introduction and explanation of the Principle of Essential Humanness and Critical Ethical Eclecticism.

Human Kindness and the Smell of Warm Croissants

An Introduction to Ethics
Author: Ruwen Ogien
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023153924X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 240
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Human Kindness and the Smell of Warm Croissants makes philosophy fun, tactile, and popular. Moral thinking is simple, Ruwen Ogien argues, and as inherent as the senses. In our daily experiences, in the situations we confront and in the scenes we witness, we develop an understanding of right and wrong as sophisticated as the moral outlook of the world's most gifted philosophers. By drawing on this knowledge to navigate life's most perplexing problems, ethics becomes second nature. Ogien explores, through experimental philosophy and other methods, the responses nineteen real-world conundrums provoke. Is a short, mediocre life better than no life at all? Is it acceptable to kill a healthy person so his organs can save five others? Would you swap a "natural" life filled with frustration, disappointment, and partial success for a world in which all of your needs are met, but through artificial and mechanical means? Ogien doesn't seek to show how difficult it is to determine right from wrong or how easy it is for humans to become monsters or react like saints. Helping us tap into the wisdom and feeling we already possess in our ethical "toolboxes," Ogien instead encourages readers to question moral presuppositions and rules; embrace an intuitive sense of dignity, virtue, and justice; and pursue a pluralist ethics suited to the principles of human kindness.

The Ethics of War and Peace

An Introduction
Author: Helen Frowe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317370600
Category: Philosophy
Page: 280
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The Ethics of War and Peace is a lively introduction to one of the oldest but still most relevant ethical debates. Focusing on the philosophical questions surrounding the ethics of modern war, Helen Frowe presents contemporary just war theory in a stimulating and accessible way. This 2nd edition includes new material on weapons and technology, and humanitarian intervention, in addition to: theories of self-defence and national defence jus ad bellum, jus in bello and jus post bellum the moral status of combatants the principle of non-combatant immunity and the nature of terrorism and the moral status of terrorists. Each chapter uses examples and concludes with a summary, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading to aid student engagement, learning and revision. The glossary has been expanded to cover the full range of relevant terminology. This is the ideal textbook for students of philosophy and politics approaching this important area for the first time.

Beginning Ethics

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Author: Lewis Vaughn
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780393937909
Category: Philosophy
Page: 192
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The most accessible, practical, and affordable introduction to ethical theory and moral reasoning.

Living the good life

an introduction to moral philosophy
Author: Gordon Graham
Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 207
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What is the best life a human being can lead? The premier minds of western moral philosophy have attempted solutions to this fundamental question of human existence. In Living the Good Life, Gordon Graham introduces undergraduate students to the moral arguments of Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzche, Mill, and Sartre in a dialectical manner that splices historical thought and the pressing concerns of modern readers, by making genuine connections between the questions that non-philosophers argue in real life and the essential academic ones. What gives our lives the most meaning and value? What should we want out of life? Is the best life a virtuous one or a happy one? Is happiness composed simply of pleasure? Does religion provide the best guide for a fulfilling existence?

An Introduction to Business Ethics


Author: Joseph DesJardins
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9780078038327
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 320
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Since its inception, An Introduction to Business Ethics by Joseph DesJardins has been a cutting-edge resource for the business ethics course. DesJardins’ unique multidisciplinary approach offers critical analysis and integrates the perspective of philosophy with management, law, economics, and public policy, providing a clear, concise, yet reasonably comprehensive introductory survey of the ethical choices available to us in business.

An Introduction to Moral Philosophy

First Edition
Author: Jonathan Wolff
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393644081
Category:
Page: N.A
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Rather than telling students what to think about moral issues, this NEW text teaches students how to think for themselves. Using real-world examples and vivid illustrations drawn from other disciplines, it challenges preconceived notions about morality and demonstrates why ethics matters. A companion volume, Readings in Moral Philosophy, provides primary selections that amplify issues discussed in the text and extends them to problems in applied ethics.

Introduction to Ethics

A Reader
Author: Andrew J. Dell'Olio,Caroline Simon
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9780742563575
Category: Philosophy
Page: 465
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"This is an excellent introductory ethics reader. Selections are wisely chosen with attention paid to both theoretical and applied ethics, classical and contemporary authors, Eastern and Western traditions, and religious and nonreligious perspectives. The well-written introductions to the selections and the helpful study questions will prove useful to both student and instructor."---Kelly Clark, Calvin College --