Drawing Morals: Essays in Ethical Theory

Hardcover | August 1, 2011

byThomas Hurka

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This volume contains selected essays in moral and political philosophy by Thomas Hurka. The essays address a wide variety of topics, from the well-rounded life and the value of playing games to proportionality in war and the ethics of nationalism. They also share a common aim: to illuminatethe surprising richness and subtlety of our everyday moral thought by revealing its underlying structure, which they often do by representing that structure on graphs. More specifically, the essays all give what the first in the volume calls "structural" as against "foundational" analyses of moral views. Eschewing the grander ambition of grounding our ideas about, say, virtue or desert in claims that use different concepts and concern some other, allegedly morefundamental topic, they examine these ideas in their own right and with close attention to their details. As well as illuminating their individual topics, the essays illustrate the insights this structural method can yield.

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This volume contains selected essays in moral and political philosophy by Thomas Hurka. The essays address a wide variety of topics, from the well-rounded life and the value of playing games to proportionality in war and the ethics of nationalism. They also share a common aim: to illuminatethe surprising richness and subtlety of our ev...

Thomas Hurka is Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Perfectionism, Principles: Short Essays on Ethics, Virtue, Vice, and Value, and The Best Things in Life, as well as of many articles in moral and political philosophy. For two years he wrote a philosophy column for...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionI. Methodology1. Normative Ethics: Back to the FutureII. Comparing and Combining Goods2. Value and Population Size3. The Well-Rounded Life4. Monism, Pluralism, and Rational Regret5. How Great a Good is Virtue?6. Two Kinds of Organic Unity7. Asymmetries in ValueIII. Individual Goods8. Why Value Autonomy?9. Desert: Holistic and Individualistic10. Virtuous Act, Virtuous Disposition11. Games and the GoodIV. Principles of Right12. Rights and Capital Punishment13. Two Kinds of Satisficing14. The Justification of National Partiality15. Proportionality in the Morality of War