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This book examines the central questions of ethics through a study of theories of right and wrong that are found in the great ethical works of Western philosophy. It focuses on theories that continue to have a significant presence in the field. The core chapters cover egoism, the eudaimonism of Plato and Aristotle, act and rule utilitarianism, modern natural law theory, Kant's moral theory, and existentialist ethics. Readers will be introduced not only to the main ideas of each theory but to contemporary developments and defenses of those ideas. A final chapter takes up topics in meta-ethics and moral psychology. The discussions throughout draw the reader into philosophical inquiry through argument and criticism that illuminate the profundity of the questions under examination. Students will find this book to be a very helpful guide to how philosophical inquiry is undertaken as well as to what the major theories in ethics hold.Read more
- A comprehensive survey of ethical theories from classical to twentieth-century philosophy
- Includes engaging discussions that draw the reader into critical inquiry
- Provides a guide to further reading for readers who want to explore the subject further
Reviews & endorsements
"This is a beautifully and elegantly written introduction to the fundamental questions of ethics. It is a comprehensive and accessible book that will be of interest to students and also to anyone reflecting about how to live a good and normatively defensible life. Highly recommended.'
- John Fischer, University of California, Riverside
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"a tightly integrated and exceptionally well-written survey of the central questions of ethics. ... I recommend Deigh's book to those wanting a sophisticated introduction for undergraduates, to non-specialists prepared to engage with a serious text, and to every graduate student in philosophy."
-Nancy E. Schauber, University of Richmond, Notre Dame Philosophical Review
"...An Introduction to Ethics is rich with interesting insights, and the prose succeeds in constructing a coherent narrative. One of the book’s most novel features is its complex methodology."
--George Lăzăroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York, Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice
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- Date Published: April 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521772464
- length: 254 pages
- dimensions: 266 x 180 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.66kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. What is ethics?
5. The moral law
6. The ethics of self-determination
7. Practical reason
Appendix. Diagram displaying different teleological theories
Works cited and suggested further readings
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