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The Sources of Moral Agency
Essays in Moral Psychology and Freudian Theory

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  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521554183

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  • The essays in this collection are concerned with the psychology of moral agency. They focus on moral feelings and moral motivation, and seek to understand the operations and origins of these phenomena as rooted in the natural desires and emotions of human beings. An important feature of the essays, and one that distinguishes the book from most philosophical work in moral psychology, is the attention to the writings of Freud. An underlying theme of the volume is a critique of influential, rationalist accounts of moral agency.

    • Unusual and accessible approach to important issues in moral psychology
    • Focus on Freud will increase readership
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521554183
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Morality and personal relations
    2. On the right to be punished: some doubts
    3. Love, guilt, and the sense of justice
    4. Remarks on some difficulties in Freud's theory of moral development
    5. Freud's later theory of civilisation: changes and implications
    6. Freud, naturalism, and modern moral philosophy
    7. Reason and motivation
    8. Empathy and universalisability
    9. Sidgwick on ethical judgment
    10. Reason and ethics in Hobbes's Leviathan
    11. Shame and self-esteem: a critique.

  • Author

    John Deigh

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