Reason, Values and Conduct: Pathways Program E. Moral Philosophy

Reason, Values and Conduct: Pathways Program E. Moral Philosophy

by Geoffrey Klempner

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Overview

Why should I be moral? The view that it is in my self-interest to consider the possible harm my actions might do to others encounters the objection that sometimes it can appear very much against our own interests to act morally. The question that raises is whether a rational basis can be found for acting morally in cases where doing so does not coincide with self-interest. Many attempts have been made, but most have foundered on a persistent logical gap between facts and values, or between what is the case and what one ought to do. We shall examine whether this gap can be bridged, and the consequences either way for our ethical beliefs.

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ISBN-13: 9781078709613
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 08/14/2019
Series: Pathways to Philosophy , #5
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Born in London in 1951, Geoffrey Klempner attended University College School 1964-69. During 1970-71 he worked as a photographer's assistant, followed by a brief spell on Fleet Street at Barratt's Photo-Press.

In 1976, he gained a First Class Honours BA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College London. He went on to University College Oxford, where he gained his B.Phil in Philosophy in 1978, followed by a D.Phil in 1982.

He moved to Sheffield in 1985, where he did a period of part-time teaching for the University of Sheffield, Rotherham College and the WEA.

In 1994, his book Naive Metaphysics was published by Avebury. Professor D.W. Hamlyn, Editor of Mind 1972-84, described it as "s a work of very considerable originality, not easy perhaps but one of unmistakable importance and standing."

In 1995 he founded Pathways to Philosophy, which has attracted students from over 90 countries, including students taking the BA (Hons) in Philosophy through the University of London International Programme.

He has authored numerous blogs including ‘Glass House Philosopher’, ‘Sophist’ and ‘Hedgehog Philosopher’. His most recent article is ‘Philosophy, Ethics and Dialogue’ which appeared in the Journal of Dialogue Studies.

He is widowed, with three daughters.

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