Moral Value and Human Diversity

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Overview


This short and accessible book is designed for those learning about the search for ethical rules that can apply despite cultural differences. Robert Audi looks at several such attempts: Aristotle, Kant; Mill; and the movement known as "common-sense" ethics associated with W.D. Ross. He shows how each attempt grew out of its own time and place, yet has some universal qualities that can be used for an ethical framework. This is a short, accessible treatment of a major topic in ethics by a senior and highly-respected figure.
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"Audi does an admirable job of showing both laypeople and moral philosophers what the major moral theories have in common and why we are not driven to some form of moral relativism. He does this with the hope that we can actually make progress on some of the most pressing moral issues of our time."—Diane Jeske, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Audi compiles, in a succinct but comprehensive way, much of his ethical thinking distilled from several decades of scholarship. Recommended."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195374117
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Audi is David E. Gallo Chair in Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is an internationally distinguished contributor to ethics, theory of knowledge, philosophy of action, and philosophy of religion. He has published numerous books and papers in these fields and lectures widely in these areas and, more recently, in business ethics. He is a past president of the American Philosophical Association.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: Major Ethical Views and the Dimensions of Value
1. Ethical Theory and the Moral Fragmentation of Modern Life
2. The Experience of Value
PART TWO: Human Diversity and the Ethical Challenges of Contemporary Life
3. Moral Pluralism and Cultural Relativity
4. Human Diversity and Democratic Institutions
Conclusion
Index

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