The Morality of Happiness / Edition 1

The Morality of Happiness / Edition 1

by Julia Annas, Annas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195096525

ISBN-13: 9780195096521

Pub. Date: 04/13/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Ancient ethical theories, based on the notions of virtue and happiness, have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories. But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand ancient ethics—and to do this we need to examine the basic structure of ancient ethical theory, not just the details of one or two theories. In this book, Annas

Overview

Ancient ethical theories, based on the notions of virtue and happiness, have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories. But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand ancient ethics—and to do this we need to examine the basic structure of ancient ethical theory, not just the details of one or two theories. In this book, Annas brings together the results of a wide-ranging study of ancient ethical philosophy and presents it in a way that is easily accessible to anyone with an interest in ancient or modern ethics. She examines the fundamental notions of happiness and virtue, the role of nature in ethical justification and the relation between concern for self and concern for others. Her careful examination of the ancient debates and arguments shows that many widespread assumptions about ancient ethics are quite mistaken. Ancient ethical theories are not egoistic, and do not depend for their acceptance on metaphysical theories of a teleological kind. Most centrally, they are recognizably theories of morality, and the ancient disputes about the place of virtue in happiness can be seen as akin to modern disputes about the demands of morality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195096521
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/13/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
9.19(w) x 6.13(h) x 1.09(d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

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