Ethics: The Classic Readings / Edition 1

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This is the second volume in a new series of classic readings in philosophy and collects together the central texts in the history of moral philosophy thus representing many of the most important topics in the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631206330
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Philosophy: The Classic Readings Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 857,200
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Cooper is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham. He is the author of a number of books including Metaphor (1986), Existentialism (1990) and World Philosophies (Blackwell Publishers, 1996) and is also editor of A Blackwell Companion to Aesthetics (Blackwell Publishers, 1992) and Aesthetics: The Classic Readings (1997).

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Table of Contents

Series Preface.



1. Plato, Gorgias, 482-4, 488-500.

2. Aristole, Nicomachhean Ethics, Book I.

3. Epicurus, 'Letter to Menoeceus' and 'Leading Doctrines'.

4. Mencius, 'Human Nature is Good': Hsun Tzu, 'Man’s Nature is Evil'.

5. The Book of Change Tzu, Chapters 9, 13-14.

6. The Bhagavad Gita, Chapters 1-5.

7. Santideva, The Bodhicaryavatara, Chapter 8 (Verses 89-140).

Tsongkapa and Pabongka Rinpoche, 'The Second Path'.

8. St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, I-II, Questions 55, 58, 61-3.

9. Joseph Butler, Sermon 'Upon the Love of Our Neighbour'.

10. David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, Book III, Part I (Sections 1-2).

11. Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, Preface and Section I.

12. Sören Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, Problems I.

13. John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, Chapter 2.

14. Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, First Essay, Sections 2-14, 16.

15. G.E. Moore, Principia Ethica, Chapter I, Sections 1-2, 5-15.

16. W.D. Ross, The Right and the Good, Chapter 2.

17. Charles L. Stevenson, 'The Emotive Meaning of Ethical Terms'.


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