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Conduct and Character: Readings in Moral Theory / Edition 5

Conduct and Character: Readings in Moral Theory / Edition 5

by Mark Timmons
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    ISBN-13: 2900534589096
    Publisher: Cengage Learning
    Publication date: 06/07/2005
    Edition description: Older Edition
    Pages: 264
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Mark Timmons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Dr. Timmons has published extensively in the fields of ethics and epistemology. He is also one of the editors of KNOWLEDGE, NATURE AND NORMS, An Introduction to Philosophy.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1Introduction to Moral Theory: The Nature and Evaluation of Moral Theories1
    Basic Moral Concepts2
    The Aims of a Moral Theory5
    The Role of Moral Principles in a Moral Theory6
    The Structure of a Moral Theory7
    Brief Summary8
    How to Evaluate a Moral Theory9
    Chapter 2Egoism17
    The Myth of Gyges17
    The Virtue of Selfishness20
    Egoism and Moral Skepticism25
    Egoism, Altruism, and Sociobiology36
    Chapter 3Ethics by Authority43
    Morality is Based on God's Commands43
    Does Morality Depend on God's Commands?47
    A Defense of Ethical Relativism58
    The Challenge of Cultural Relativism65
    Chapter 4The Natural Law Theory71
    Treatise on Law71
    The Ethics of Natural Law76
    The Doctrine of Double Effect92
    Problems for Natural Law Theory97
    Chapter 5Utilitarianism102
    The Principle of Utility102
    In Defense of Utilitarianism108
    Against Moral Conservatism115
    Two Concepts of Rules125
    The Ethics of Fantasy135
    Chapter 6Kantian Ethical Theory146
    The Moral Law and Autonomy of the Will146
    Kant on Treating People as Ends in Themselves166
    On Treating People as Ends in Themselves: A Critique of Kant171
    Chapter 7Virtue Ethics179
    Virtue and Character179
    Normative Virtue Ethics190
    Agent-Based Virtue Ethics202
    Against Virtue Ethics216
    Chapter 8The Ethics of Care228
    Moral Orientation and Moral Development228
    Feminist Ethical Theory237
    An Ethic of Caring244
    Caring and Evil255
    Chapter 9Pluralism and P articularism261
    Moral Choice Without Principles261
    What Makes Right Acts Right?264
    Principles or Particularism?270
    Moral Particularism: Wrong and Bad278
    About the Author293

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