Basic Moral Philosophy / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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Providing a clear and systematic approach to ethical theories, this text sheds light on the historical roots of ethical theories as well contemporary concerns. The text presents reasoned assessments of various theories in order to help students develop their own views and to help them become engaged by ethics rather than passively read about it. The text places individual theories in the broader context of moral philosophy's basic problems.
About the Author
Ronald L. Holmes, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Rochester. Author of ON WAR AND MORALITY and co-editor of NONVIOLENCE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE.
Table of ContentsPART ONE: THE CONCERNS OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY. 1. The Nature of Ethics. 2. Theories of Moral Right and Wrong. PART TWO: THE ETHICS OF VIRTUE. 3. Virtue in Ancient Philosophy. 4. Virtue and Happiness. PART THREE: THE ETHICS OF CONDUCT. 5. Virtue and Happiness: Ethical and Psychological Egoism. 6. The Divine Command Theory. 7. Natural Law Ethics. 8. Kantianism. 9. Consequentialism. 10. Justice. PART FOUR: TWO BASIC METAETHICAL CONCERNS. 11. Ethical Relativism. 12. Can Moral Principles Be Justified. PART FIVE: NEW BEARINGS IN ETHICS. 13. Personal Decision in Situation Ethics, Existentialism, and the Ethics of Caring. 14. Contextualism: An Ethics of Pragmatism.