Conduct and Character: Readings in Moral Theory / Edition 6

Conduct and Character: Readings in Moral Theory / Edition 6

by Mark Timmons
     
 

Timmons (U. of Arizona) combines classical and contemporary writings on moral theory in a reader designed as a core textbook for an ethics course focusing on theory or a supplementary text for an applied ethics course. The fifth edition updates the 2003 fourth edition and was prepared partly in response to input from instructors and partly in order to freshen the… See more details below

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Timmons (U. of Arizona) combines classical and contemporary writings on moral theory in a reader designed as a core textbook for an ethics course focusing on theory or a supplementary text for an applied ethics course. The fifth edition updates the 2003 fourth edition and was prepared partly in response to input from instructors and partly in order to freshen the coverage of work in contemporary moral theory. There is no index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780495502371
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
310,050
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Introduction to Moral Theory: The Nature and Evaluation of Moral Theories1
Basic Moral Concepts2
The Aims of a Moral Theory5
The Role of Moral Principles in a Moral Theory6
The Structure of a Moral Theory7
Brief Summary8
How to Evaluate a Moral Theory9
Preview14
Ch. 2Egoism17
Plato / The Myth of Gyges17
Ayn Rand / The Virtue of Selfishness20
James Rachels / Egoism and Moral Skepticism25
Peter Singer / Egoism, Altruism, and Sociobiology36
Ch. 3Ethics by Authority43
Robert C. Mortimer / Morality is Based on God's Commands43
Mark Timmons / Does Morality Depend on God's Commands?47
Ruth Benedict / A Defense of Ethical Relativism58
James Rachels / The Challenge of Cultural Relativism65
Ch. 4The Natural Law Theory71
St. Thomas Aquinas / Treatise on Law71
C. E. Harris / The Ethics of Natural Law76
Philippa Foot / The Doctrine of Double Effect92
Emmett Barcalow / Problems for Natural Law Theory97
Ch. 5Utilitarianism102
Jeremy Bentham / The Principle of Utility102
J. S. Mill / In Defense of Utilitarianism108
Kai Nielsen / Against Moral Conservatism115
John Rawls / Two Concepts of Rules125
J. L. Mackie / The Ethics of Fantasy135
Ch. 6Kantian Ethical Theory146
Immanuel Kant / The Moral Law and Autonomy of the Will146
Robert L. Holmes / Kantianism154
Onora O'Neill / Kant on Treating People as Ends in Themselves166
Fred Feldman / On Treating People as Ends in Themselves: A Critique of Kant171
Ch. 7Virtue Ethics179
Aristotle / Virtue and Character179
Rosalind Hursthouse / Normative Virtue Ethics190
Michael Slote / Agent-Based Virtue Ethics202
Thomas Hurka / Against Virtue Ethics216
Ch. 8The Ethics of Care228
Carol Gilligan / Moral Orientation and Moral Development228
Virginia Held / Feminist Ethical Theory237
Nel Noddings / An Ethic of Caring244
Claudia Card / Caring and Evil255
Ch. 9Pluralism and Particularism261
Jean-Paul Sartre / Moral Choice Without Principles261
W. D. Ross / What Makes Right Acts Right?264
David McNaughton / Principles or Particularism?270
Brad Hooker / Moral Particularism: Wrong and Bad278
About the Author293

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