Ethics: Selections from Classical and Contemporary Writers / Edition 9

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Western tradition, from Plato to John Rawls and other contemporary writers. Chronologically oriented, the book's unbiased and comprehensive coverage fosters a firm grasp of many seminal ideas and thinkers in the history of Western ethics. This latest edition of Johnson's classic anthology features a significant revision of Part III, The Contemporary Period." In addition to providing a historical introduction to moral philosophy, the book now provides a very timely introduction to the main currents in contemporary moral philosophy, such as contemporary deontology, Kantianism, consequentialism, contractarianism, and virtue theory. Newly added contemporary readings that articulate well with the classical sources demonstrate the continuity between historical and contemporary concerns, for example showing how the ideas of the classical writers have been taken up and developed by contemporary philosophers.

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New edition of an introductory ethics text (first, 1958) presenting selections from 30 of the most influential moral philosophers in Western thought, among them, Plato, Schopenhauer, Gilligan, and Rawls. Arrangement is chronological, in introduced sections covering the classical and medieval periods, the modern world, and the 20th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155058644
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: THE CLASSICAL AND MEDIEVAL PERIODS. 1. Socrates: Euthyphro. 2. Plato: Republic. 3. Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethics. 4. Epicurus: Epicurus to Menoeceus. 5. Epictetus: The Enchiridion. 6. St. Augustine: Of the Morals of the Catholic Church, The Enchiridion. 7. St. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Contra Gentiles, Summa Theologica. Part II: THE MODERN WORLD. 8. Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan. 9. Joseph Butler: Sermons. 10. David Hume: A Treatise of Human Nature. 11. Immanuel Kant: Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals. 12. Jeremy Bentham: An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation. 13. Karl Marx: Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts. 14. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism. 15. Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil. Part III: THE CONTEMPORARY PERIOD. 16. G. E. Moore: Principia Ethica. 17. W. D. Ross: The Right and the Good. 18. Jean-Paul Sartre: The Humanism of Existentialism. 19. Bernard Williams: The Amoralist, Relativism. 20. John Rawls: A Theory of Justice. 21. R.M. Hare: A Utilitarian Approach to Ethics, Moral Thinking. 22. T.M.Scanlon: Contractualism and Utilitarianism. 23. Thomas Nagel: The View From Nowhere. 24. David Gauthier: Why Contractarianism? 25. Gilbert Harman: Is There a Single True Morality. 26. Phillipa Foot: Virtues and Vices. 27. Rosalind Hursthouse: Normative Virtue Ethics. 28. Susan Wolf: Moral Saints. 29. Christine M. Korsgaard: The Authority of Reflection. 30. Laurence Thomas: Moral Deference. 31. Annette Baier: The Need for More than Justice. 32. Martha Nussbaum: The Feminist Critique of Liberalism.

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