The Routledge Companion to Ethics

The Routledge Companion to Ethics

by John Skorupski
     
 

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The Routledge Companion to Ethics is an outstanding survey of the whole field of ethics by a distinguished international team of contributors. Over 60 chapters are divided into six clear sections:



  • the history of ethics

  • meta-ethics

  • perspectives from outside ethics

  • ethical perspectives

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The Routledge Companion to Ethics is an outstanding survey of the whole field of ethics by a distinguished international team of contributors. Over 60 chapters are divided into six clear sections:



  • the history of ethics

  • meta-ethics

  • perspectives from outside ethics

  • ethical perspectives

  • morality

  • debates in ethics.

The Companion opens with a comprehensive historical overview of ethics, including chapters on Plato, Aristotle, Hume, and Kant, and ethical thinking in China, India and the Arabic tradition. The second part covers the domain of meta-ethics. The third part covers important challenges to ethics from the fields of anthropology, psychology, sociobiology and economics. The fourth and fifth sections cover competing theories of ethics and the nature of morality respectively, with entries on consequentialism, Kantian morality, virtue ethics, relativism, evil, and responsibility amongst many others. A comprehensive final section includes the most important topics and controversies in applied ethics, such as rights, justice and distribution, the end of life, the environment, poverty, war and terrorism.

The Routledge Companion to Ethics is a superb resource for anyone interested in the subject, whether in philosophy or related disciplines such as politics, education, or law. Fully indexed and cross-referenced, with helpful further reading sections at the end of each chapter, it is ideal for those coming to the field of ethics for the first time as well as readers already familiar with the subject.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This fine collection merits a place in every university, college, and high school library for its invaluable articles covering a very broad range of topics in ethics[.] ... With its remarkable clarity of writing and its very highly qualified contributors, this volume is must reading for anyone interested in the latest developments in these important areas of thought and practice. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above.' - CHOICE

The Routledge Companion to Ethics is a great resource for students interested in ethics and will also make a first-rate reference volume for philosophers working in ethics. It covers an impressive range of topics, going well beyond entries on standard normative ethical theories and metaethical approaches to normativity. The history of ethics is particularly well represented and this volume is sure to set a very high standard for future collections.’ – Julia Driver, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

‘Written by leaders in the field, and with depth as well as breadth, this is the ideal companion for anyone with an interest in philosophical ethics’ – Roger Crisp, St. Anne’s College, Oxford

'This marvellous book covers theoretical and practical aspects of ethics with admirable intelligence and freshness. As useful as it is enjoyable, it is sure to become an indispensible companion.' - Samantha Vice, Rhodes University, South Africa

'This volume amply satisfies its remarkably ambitious objectives. Its coverage of the field of ethics is as broad as feasible, while its in-depth discussions of various topics within that field are characteristically incisive, informative, and at the cutting edge of contemporary thinking.' - Richard Joyce, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

'This excellent volume is impressive both for the breadth of its coverage and the overall very high quality of the contributions. Non-specialists will find that most pieces provide an excellent map, along with in-depth discussion of the major positions taken on the subject; specialists will find plenty of interest, as well. An excellent read.' - Marcia Baron, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415413626
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/02/2010
Series:
Routledge Philosophy Companions Series
Pages:
880
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 2.10(d)

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