Deontology / Edition 1

Deontology / Edition 1

by Stephen Darwell
     
 

Deontology is a major approach to normative ethical theory that holds that whether an agent’s action is right or wrong depends not just on consequences, but also on other ‘agent-relative’ features of an individual’s situation – their relations to others, to past actions, and so on.

One classical source for this view is

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Deontology is a major approach to normative ethical theory that holds that whether an agent’s action is right or wrong depends not just on consequences, but also on other ‘agent-relative’ features of an individual’s situation – their relations to others, to past actions, and so on.

One classical source for this view is Kant’s idea that every person has an inestimable worth, or dignity, that cannot be traded off against other values. But the idea is also prominent in ‘intuitionist’ deontologists, who hold that many different moral considerations and principles exist, and that these cannot be reduced to any fundamental principle or value.

Deontology collects, for the first time, both the major classical sources and the central contemporary expressions of this important position. In addition to Kant, classical selections from Richard Price and W. D. Ross are included. Contemporary writers represented here include Robert Nozick, Thomas Nagel, Stephen Darwall, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Frances Myrna Kamm, Warren S. Quinn, and Christine M. Korsgaard. Edited and introduced by Stephen Darwall, these readings are essential for anyone interested in normative theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631231127
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/18/2002
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Readings in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Classical Sources:.

1. From Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: Immanuel Kant.

2. From The Metaphysics of Morals: Immanuel Kant.

3. 'On a Supposed Right to Lie from Philanthropy': Immanuel Kant.

4. From A Review of the Principal Questions in Morals: Richard Price.

5. From The Right and the Good: W. D. Ross.

Part II: Contemporary Expressions:.

6. 'Moral Constraints and Moral Goals': Robert Nozick.

7. 'Agent-Relativity and Deontology': Thomas Nagel.

8. 'Agent-Centred Restrictions From the Inside Out': Stephen Darwall.

9. 'The Trolley Problem': Judith Thomson.

10. 'Harming Some to Save Others': Frances Kamm.

11. 'Actions, Intentions, and Consequences: The Doctrine of Double Effect': Warren Quinn.

12. 'The Right to Lie: Kant on Dealing with Evil': Christine Korsgaard.

Index.

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