Conversations on Ethics

Paperback | May 15, 2011

byAlex Voorhoeve

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Can we trust our intuitive judgments of right and wrong? Are moral judgements objective? What reason do we have to do what is right and avoid doing what is wrong? In Conversations on Ethics, Alex Voorhoeve elicits answers to these questions from eleven outstanding philosophers and socialscientists: Ken Binmore Philippa Foot Harry Frankfurt Allan Gibbard Daniel Kahneman Frances Kamm Alasdair MacIntyre T. M. Scanlon Peter Singer David Velleman Bernard Williams The exchanges are direct, open, and sharp, and give a clear account of these thinkers' core ideas about ethics. They also provide unique insights into their intellectual development - how they became interested in ethics, and how they conceived the ideas for which they became famous.Conversations on Ethics will engage anyone interested in moral philosophy.

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Can we trust our intuitive judgments of right and wrong? Are moral judgements objective? What reason do we have to do what is right and avoid doing what is wrong? In Conversations on Ethics, Alex Voorhoeve elicits answers to these questions from eleven outstanding philosophers and socialscientists: Ken Binmore Philippa Foot Harry Frank...

Alex Voorhoeve is a Senior Lecturer in philosophy at the London School of Economics. He has written on ideals of equality and responsibility, on well-being, and on the theory of rational choice. His articles have appeared in Philosophy and Public Affairs, Economics and Philosophy, and The Journal of Political Philosophy, among others.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Ethics and Intuitions1. Frances Kamm: In Search of the Deep Structure of Morality2. Peter Singer: Each of Us Is Just One Among Others3. Daniel Kahneman: Can We Trust Our Intuitions?Part II. Virtue and Flourishing4. Philippa Foot: The Grammar of Goodness5. Alasdair MacIntyre: The Illusion of Self-SufficiencyPart III. Ethics and Evolution6. Ken Binmore: The Origin of Fairness7. Allan Gibbard: A Pragmatic Justification of MoralityPart IV. Unity and Dissent8. T. M. Scanlon: The Kingdom of Ends on the Cheap9. Bernard Williams: A Mistrustful AnimalPart V. Love and Morality10. Harry Frankfurt: The Necessity of Love11. David Velleman: Really Seeing Another

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"In the introduction to his first interview, Voorhoeve cites Nietzsche's dictum that all great problems demand great love... Nietzsche was a hard man to please. But he would have felt some satisfaction had he encountered Voorhoeve's eleven interviews. His philosophers are passionate devoteesof their own moral systems. They fight for their theories, defending them ferociously and lovingly... Each of them argues his or her case convincingly. Almost always, one falls in with their reasoning - at least, this is what happened to me. But, of course, this leads to inconsistency. For thedifference in their views is far too great. This is bewildering, and teaches us a good lesson: not to be unmovable in one's attachments to one's moral views... As the book progresses, Voorhoeve shows how difficult moral calculation and justification of one's views to others is... Puzzling andfascinating." --Jan Greven, Trouw