Fellow-Feeling and the Moral Life

Fellow-Feeling and the Moral Life

by Joseph Duke Filonowicz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521888719

ISBN-13: 9780521888714

Pub. Date: 03/30/1984

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How do our feelings for others shape our attitudes and conduct towards them? Is morality primarily a matter of rational choice, or instinctual feeling? Joseph Duke Filonowicz takes the reader on a tour of some of the main issues in philosophical ethics, explaining and defending the ideas of the early-modern British sentimentalists. These philosophers - Shaftesbury,…  See more details below

Overview

How do our feelings for others shape our attitudes and conduct towards them? Is morality primarily a matter of rational choice, or instinctual feeling? Joseph Duke Filonowicz takes the reader on a tour of some of the main issues in philosophical ethics, explaining and defending the ideas of the early-modern British sentimentalists. These philosophers - Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Hume, and Smith - argued that it is our feelings, and not our "reason," which ultimately determine how we judge what is good or bad, right or wrong, and how we choose to act towards our fellow human beings. Filonowicz draws on contemporary sociology and evolutionary biology as well as present-day moral theory to examine and defend the sentimentalist view and to challenge the rationalistic character of contemporary ethics. His book will appeal to readers interested in both history of philosophy and current ethical debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521888714
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/30/1984
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1 Fellow-feeling and ethical theory : the British sentimentalists 1

2 Ethical sentimentalism revisited 45

3 Shaftesbury's ethical system 65

4 Hutcheson's moral sense 104

5 What do we perceive by moral sense? 124

6 C.D. Broad's defense of moral sense theories in ethics 161

7 What is innate in moral sense? 201

Bibliography 239

Index 246

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