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A central concern in recent ethical thinking is reasons for action and their relation to obligations, rights, and values. This collection of recent essays by Robert Audi presents an account of what reasons for action are, how they are related to obligation and rights, and how they figure in virtuous conduct. In addition, Audi reflects in his opening essay on his theory of reasons for action, his common-sense intuitionism, and his widely debated principles for balancing religion and politics. Reasons are shown to be basic elements in motivation, grounded in experience, and crucial for justifying actions and for understanding rights. Audi's clear and engaging essays make these advanced debates accessible to students as well as scholars, and this volume will be a valuable resource for readers interested in ethical theory, political theory, applied ethics, or philosophy of action.Read more
- An integrated collection of essays by a distinguished philosopher, presenting original and far-reaching theories of reasons, rights, obligation and value
- Clear and readable treatments of central topics in ethics
- Comprehensive introduction and index providing quick reference to the numerous topics discussed
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"Reasons, Rights, and Values is an excellent collection by one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy. Audi writes with great insight and clarity, advancing our understanding of a broad range of issues in ethics, moral epistemology, and political philosophy."
Mark Timmons, University of ArizonaSee more reviews
"This volume brings together twelve well-chosen essays that epitomize the central features in Robert Audi's distinctive moral and political philosophy. The collection, which includes application of Audi's perspectives to the relation between religion and the state, will be eminently useful."
Elizabeth Radcliffe, The College of William and Mary
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- Date Published: April 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107480803
- length: 312 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.46kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: practical reason, moral justification, and the grounds of value
Part I. Reasons for Action:
1. Reasons, practical reason, and practical reasoning
2. Intrinsic value and reasons for action
3. The grounds and structure of reasons for action
4. Practical reason and the status of moral obligation
Part II. Intuition, Obligation, and Virtue:
5. Intuitions, intuitionism, and moral judgment
6. Kantian intuitionism as a framework for the justification of moral judgments
7. Moral virtue and reasons for action
8. Virtue ethics in theory and practice
Part III. Religion, Politics, and the Obligations of Citizenship:
9. Wrongs within rights
10. Religion and the politics of science: can evolutionary biology be religiously neutral?
11. Nationalism, patriotism, and cosmopolitanism in an age of globalization
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