Friendship, Altruism and Morality (Routledge Revivals) / Edition 1

Friendship, Altruism and Morality (Routledge Revivals) / Edition 1

by Laurence A. Blum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415570905

ISBN-13: 9780415570909

Pub. Date: 10/22/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Friendship, Altruism, and Morality, originally published in 1980, gives an account of "altruistic emotions" (compassion, sympathy, concern) and friendship that brings out their moral value. Blum argues that moral theories centered on rationality, universal principle, obligation, and impersonality cannot capture this moral importance. This was one of the

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Friendship, Altruism, and Morality, originally published in 1980, gives an account of "altruistic emotions" (compassion, sympathy, concern) and friendship that brings out their moral value. Blum argues that moral theories centered on rationality, universal principle, obligation, and impersonality cannot capture this moral importance. This was one of the first books in contemporary moral philosophy to emphasize the moral significance of emotions, to deal with friendship as a moral phenomenon, and to challenge the rationalism of standard interpretations of Kant, although Blum’s "sentimentalism" owes more to Schopenhauer than to Hume. It was a forerunner to care ethics, and feminist ethics more generally; to virtue ethics; and to subsequent influential interpretations of Kant that attempted to room for altruistic emotion and friendship, and other forms of particularism and partialism. In addition, the work has been widely influential in religious studies, political theory, bioethics, and feminist ethics.

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ISBN-13:
9780415570909
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/22/2009
Series:
Routledge Revivals Series
Pages:
248

Table of Contents

1. Altruistic Emotions and the Kantian View 2. Altruistic Emotions as Moral Motivation 3. Friendship, Beneficience, and Impartiality 4. Friendship as a Moral Phenomenon 5. Direct Altruism, Universalizability, and Consistency 6. Altruistic Emotion, Reason, and Perception 7. The Intrinsic Value of Altruistic Emotions 8. Will, Emotion, and the self.

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