The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory [NOOK Book]

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The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory is a major new reference work in ethical theory consisting of commissioned essays by leading moral philosophers. Ethical theories have always been of central importance to philosophy, and remain so; ethical theory is one of the most active areas of philosophical research and teaching today. Courses in ethics are taught in colleges and universities at all levels, and ethical theory is the organizing principle for all of them. The Handbook is divided into two parts, mirroring ...
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The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory

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Overview

The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory is a major new reference work in ethical theory consisting of commissioned essays by leading moral philosophers. Ethical theories have always been of central importance to philosophy, and remain so; ethical theory is one of the most active areas of philosophical research and teaching today. Courses in ethics are taught in colleges and universities at all levels, and ethical theory is the organizing principle for all of them. The Handbook is divided into two parts, mirroring the field. The first part treats meta-ethical theory, which deals with theoretical questions about morality and moral judgment, including questions about moral language, the epistemology of moral belief, the truth aptness of moral claims, and so forth. The second part addresses normative theory, which deals with general moral issues, including the plausibility of various ethical theories and abstract principles of behavior. Examples of such theories are consequentialism and virtue theory. As with other Oxford Handbooks, the twenty-five contributors cover the field in a comprehensive and highly accessible way, while achieving three goals: exposition of central ideas, criticism of other approaches, and putting forth a distinct viewpoint.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780190208202
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/22/2005
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,105,916
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Copp is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Florida. He is the author of Morality, Normativity, and Society and of many articles in moral and political philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : meta-ethics and normative ethics 3
1 Moral realism 39
2 Theological voluntarism 63
3 Ethical naturalism 91
4 Non-naturalism 122
5 Anti-realist expressivism and quasi-realism 146
6 Biology and ethics 163
7 Sensibility theory and projectivism 186
8 Moral sentimentalism and moral psychology 219
9 Moral relativism and moral nihilism 240
10 Human theory of practical rationality 265
11 Morality and practical reason : a Kantian approach 282
12 Free will and moral responsibility 321
13 Value theory 357
14 Some forms and limits of consequentialism 380
15 Deontology 424
16 Moral rights 459
17 Kantian normative ethics 480
18 Virtue ethics 515
19 The ethics of care 537
20 Particularism and anti-theory 567
21 Intuitions in moral inquiry 595
22 Theory, practice, and moral reasoning 624
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