Natural Law and Practical Rationality

Natural Law and Practical Rationality

by Mark C. Murphy
     
 

"Natural Law and Practical Rationality is a defense of a contemporary natural law theory of practical rationality, exhibiting its inherent plausibility and engaging systematically with rival egoist, consequentialist, Kantian, and virtue accounts. It will be of interest to professionals and students of moral philosophy, the philosophy of law, and political… See more details below

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"Natural Law and Practical Rationality is a defense of a contemporary natural law theory of practical rationality, exhibiting its inherent plausibility and engaging systematically with rival egoist, consequentialist, Kantian, and virtue accounts. It will be of interest to professionals and students of moral philosophy, the philosophy of law, and political theory."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521039772
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/27/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law Series
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Natural Law and the Theory of Practical Rationality1
1The Real Identity Thesis6
1.1Rival Views of How Goods Are Known6
1.2Functioning and Flourishing21
1.3Knowledge of Human Flourishing34
1.4The Real Identity Thesis40
2Well-Being46
2.1Natural Law Theory as Welfarist and Objectivist46
2.2The Refutation of Conceptual Subjectivism48
2.3The Simple Desire-Fulfillment Theory as the Best Version of Strong Subjectivism50
2.4The Refutation of Strong Subjectivism71
2.5The Refutation of Weak Subjectivism76
2.6'Objective List' Theories94
3The Reasons That Make Action Intelligible96
3.1The List of Goods96
3.2Pleasure and Pain96
3.3The Basic Goods100
3.4Inner Peace, Happiness, and the Hybrid View of the Nature of Well-Being135
3.5The Real Identity Thesis Revisited137
4Welfarism and Its Discontents139
4.1Welfarism in the Theory of Practical Rationality139
4.2Welfarism Does Not Imply Egoism140
4.3Welfarism Does Not Imply a Maximizing Theory of Rationality142
4.4Welfarism Does Not Imply Promotionism147
5The Principles That Make Choice Reasonable157
5.1A Justificatory Framework for Principles of Practical Reasonableness157
5.2Egoism, Consequentialism, Kantianism162
5.3The Nature of Reasons for Action172
5.4A Note on Hierarchy among the Basic Goods190
5.5Principles of Practical Reasonableness Governing Plans of Action198
5.6Principles of Practical Reasonableness Governing Agents208
5.7Virtue Theory212
6What Ought to Be Done220
6.1'Ought'220
6.2The Moral 'Ought'222
6.3How Practical Reason Can Err228
6.4Moral Dilemmas240
6.5Positive Norms, Life Plans, and the Partial Constitution Thesis246
6.6Normative Openness and Natural Law Theories of Authority252
Notes255
Works Cited271
Index279

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