Moral Theory and Anomaly / Edition 1

Moral Theory and Anomaly / Edition 1

by Tom Sorell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631218335

ISBN-13: 9780631218333

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: Wiley

Moral Theory and Anomaly considers and rejects the claim that moral theory is too utopian to apply properly to worldly pursuits like political office holding and business, and too patriarchal and speciesist to generate a theory of justice applicable to women and the non-human natural world.

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Moral Theory and Anomaly considers and rejects the claim that moral theory is too utopian to apply properly to worldly pursuits like political office holding and business, and too patriarchal and speciesist to generate a theory of justice applicable to women and the non-human natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631218333
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Aristotelian Society Monographs Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Part 1Doubts about Moral Theories
1Moral Theory and Anti-theory3
Uses for Moral Theory4
Scepticism about Moral Theory13
Countering Anti-theory19
Summary30
2Theory versus Theories32
Williams on Moral Theory32
A Rough Parallel: Normal Science and Standard Normative Ethical Theory41
Puzzles in Moral Theory45
Puzzles versus Anomalies54
The Argument of the Rest of the Book57
Part 2Some Sources of Anomaly?
3Business, the Ethical and Self-interest65
Two Sources of Prima-facie Anomaly65
The Utopianism of Business Ethics67
Moral Sensibility and Insensibility in Business74
Near-realistic Business Ethics78
Moral Reasons Again80
The Deep Problem in Business Ethics84
4Politics, Power and Partisanship91
Political Morality: the Moral Risks of Power for the Public Good93
Dirty Hands96
Public Morality, Private Morality and Moral Schizophrenia99
Hampshire's Anti-theory of Political Morality105
The Difference Democracy Makes110
Democracy and Partisanship113
5Feminism and Moral Theory118
How Conventional Theories Let Women Down120
Moral Theory after Gilligan123
Beyond Care? Sarah Hoagland's Lesbian Ethics131
Theory without Patriarchy?136
The Challenge of Practice: Two True Stories139
Conclusion145
6Environmentalism and Moral Theory147
The Land Ethic and its Competitors148
Is the Land Ethic a Moral Theory?151
How Thoroughgoing is the Land Ethic?153
The Problem of Grounding Reconsidered155
From Deep Environmentalist Theory to Practice162
A Residual Anomaly168
Part 3Conclusion
7The Significance of Anomaly175
Anomalies Reviewed176
Do Anomalies Have Anything in Common?179
The Significance of Anomaly187
Notes193
Index209

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