Eight Theories of Ethics / Edition 1

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Overview

Is it possible to study ethics objectively, or are moral judgements inevitably subjective? Are ancient theories of ethics of any contemporary relevance? Which ethical theory offers the most convincing explanation of how best to live one's life?

Eight Theories of Ethics is a comprehensive introduction to the theories of ethics encountered by first-time students. Gordon Graham introduces the fundamental concepts that underpin ethics, such as relativism and objectivity, and then devotes his attention to each of the eight major theories of ethics:

* egoism
* hedonism
* naturalism and virtue theory
* existentialism
* Kantianism
* utilitarianism
* contractualism
* religion.

Throughout the book, Gordon Graham draws on examples from great moral philosophers such as Aristotle, Kant and Mill, and also from contemporary debates over human nature, the environment and citizenship.

Eight Theories of Ethics is written in an engaging and student-friendly style, with detailed suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter - including original sources and contemporary discussions. It is ideal for anyone coming to this area of philosophy for the first time, and for those studying ethics in related disciplines such as politics, law, nursing and medicine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415315890
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 279,883
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Graham is Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. His books include 'Philosophy of the Arts, second edition' (Routledge 2000), 'Genes' (Routledge 2002), 'Ethics and International Relations' (1996) and 'INternet: A Philosophical Inquiry' (Routledge 1999).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Ethics, truth and reason 1
Ch. 2 Egoism 17
Ch. 3 Hedonism 39
Ch. 4 Naturalism and virtue theory 53
Ch. 5 Existentialism 71
Ch. 6 Kantianism 98
Ch. 7 Utilitarianism 128
Ch. 8 Contractualism 162
Ch. 9 Ethics, religion and the meaning of life 176
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