Ruling Passions: A Theory of Practical Reasoning / Edition 1

Ruling Passions: A Theory of Practical Reasoning / Edition 1

by Simon Blackburn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199241392

ISBN-13: 9780199241392

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Simon Blackburn puts forward a compelling and original philosophy of human motivation and morality. Why do we behave as we do? Can we improve? Is our ethics at war with our passions, or is it an upshot of those passions? Blackburn seeks the answers to such questions in an exploration of the nature of moral emotions and the structures of human motivation. He develops a

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Simon Blackburn puts forward a compelling and original philosophy of human motivation and morality. Why do we behave as we do? Can we improve? Is our ethics at war with our passions, or is it an upshot of those passions? Blackburn seeks the answers to such questions in an exploration of the nature of moral emotions and the structures of human motivation. He develops a naturalistic ethics, which integrates our understanding of ethics with the rest of our understanding of the world we live in. His theory does not debunk the ethical by reducing it to the non-ethical, and it banishes the spectres of scepticism and relativism that have haunted recent moral philosophy. Ruling Passions reveals how ethics can maintain its authority even though it is rooted in the very emotions and motivations that it exists to control.

About the Author:
Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Previously he was the Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University's Research School of Social Sciences. From 1969 to 1990 he was Fellow and Tutor of Philosophy at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199241392
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,116,874
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Organizing Practice: The Elements of Ethics
2. Things That Concern Us
3. The Ethical Proposition: What It Is Not
4. Naturalizing Norms
5. Looking Out For Yourself
6. Game Theory and Rational Actors
7. The Good, the Right, and the Common Point of View
8. Self-Control, Reason, and Freedom
9. Relativism, Subjectivism, Knowledge
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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