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Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character
     

Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character

by Robert Audi
 

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This book presents an ethical theory that uniquely integrates naturalistic and rationalistic elements. Robert Audi develops his theory in four areas: moral epistemology, the metaphysics of ethics, moral psychology, and the foundations of ethics. Comprising both new and published work, the book sets forth a moderate intuitionism, clarifies the relation between reason

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This book presents an ethical theory that uniquely integrates naturalistic and rationalistic elements. Robert Audi develops his theory in four areas: moral epistemology, the metaphysics of ethics, moral psychology, and the foundations of ethics. Comprising both new and published work, the book sets forth a moderate intuitionism, clarifies the relation between reason and motivation, constructs a theory of intrinsic value and its place in moral obligation, and presents a sophisticated account of moral justification. The concluding chapter articulates a new normative framework built from both Kantian and intuitionist elements. Connecting ethics in novel ways to both the theory of value and the philosophy of action, the essays explore topics such as ethical intuition, reason and judgement, and virtue. Audi also considers major views in the history of ethics, including those of Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Mill, Moore, and W. D. Ross, and engages contemporary work on autonomy, responsibility, objectivity, reasons, and other issues. Clear and conceptually rich, this book makes vital reading for students and scholars of ethics.

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"In these lively and wide-ranging essays, Robert Audi develops the most sophisticated, subtle, and detailed version of moral intuitionism since W. D. Ross. Audi also explores connections between his moral epistemology and moral psychology, the metaphysics of action, and a general theory of rationality. This book should be not only read but also carefully studied by everyone interested in moral theory."—Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dartmouth College

"In defending ethical intuitionism, objective values and objective reasons for action, Audi swims against the stream. People interested in ethical theory should read this book to make sure they are headed in the right direction."—Bruce Russell, Wayne State University

"This extremely ambitious book reconfirms Audi's status as one of the most prominent philosophers writing about ethics and its relationship to other fields, especially epistemology....Important not only for Audi's sophisticated intuitionist theory, but also for its clarification of major alternatives to intuitionism."—Bernard Gert, Dartmouth College

"Significant, carefully argued, broad in scope."—Roger Crisp, St. Anne's College, Oxford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195344356
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/25/1997
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
478 KB

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