Fundamentals of Ethics

Fundamentals of Ethics

by John Finnis
ISBN-10:
087840404X
ISBN-13:
9780878404049
Pub. Date:
12/01/1983
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press

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Fundamentals of Ethics

Are we entitled to be confident that our moral judgments can be objective? Can they express insights into aspects of reality, rather than mere feelings, tastes, desires, decisions, upbringing, or conventions? Why must we consider some of our choices to be free, and how do our free choices matter? How far should our moral judgments be based on assessments of expected consequences? Can utilitarianism, and other consequentialist or proportionalist theories, be anything more than the rationalization of positions taken on other grounds?

The main theme of this book is the challenge to ethics from philosophical scepticism and from contemporary forms of consequentialism. But in seeking to meet this challenge, the book develops a sustained philosophical argument about many of the central questions of ethics. It reviews classical positions, and challenges some long-influential interpretations of those positions. It also revies and participates in some recent developments and controversies in Anglo-American ethical theory.

The activity of ethical theorizing itself is shown to be a matter of free and intelligent decision, in pursuit of an intelligible good; it thus provides a test case for any ethical theory.

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ISBN-13: 9780878404049
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 12/01/1983
Pages: 173
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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