Ethical Theory 2: Theories About How We Should Live

Paperback | March 1, 1998

EditorJames Rachels

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The aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university student or the general reader. The editor of each volume contributesan introductory essay on the items chosen and on the questions with which they deal. A selective bibliography is appended as a guide to further reading. Ethical Theory 2: Theories about How We Should Live deals with philosophical theories about how we ought to live, including utilitarianism, social contract theory, rights theory, virtue theory, and the New Kantianism. It includes a clearly written, substantial, and critical introduction guidingthe beginner through the intricacies of the subject. Ethical Theory Volumes 1 and 2 together provide an overview of contemporary moral philosophy, reprinting classic and contemporary articles, many of which are not otherwise readily available.

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The aim of this series is to bring together important recent writings in major areas of philosophical inquiry, selected from a variety of sources, mostly periodicals, which may not be conveniently available to the university student or the general reader. The editor of each volume contributesan introductory essay on the items chosen an...

James Rachels is University Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of Moral Problems (1990), Created for Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism (1991), and The Elements of Moral Philosophy (1993).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction1. W. D. Ross: What Makes Action Right?2. J. J. C. Smart: Extreme and Restricted Utilitarianism3. Robert M. Adams: Motive Utilitarianism4. James Cargile: On Consequentialism5. John Rawls: Justice as Fairness6. T. M. Scanlon: Contractualism and Utilitarianism7. David Gauthier: Why Contractarianism?8. J. L. Mackie: Can There be a Right-Based Moral Theory?9. Derek Parfit: Later Selves and Moral Principles10. Bernard Williams: Persons, Character, and Morality11. Edmund Pincoffs: Quandary Ethics12. Gregory W. Trianosky: Supererogation, Wrongdoing, and Vice13. Peter Railton: Alienation, Consequentialism, and the Demands of Morality14. Onora O'Neill: Consistency in Action15. Christine M. Korsgaard: The Right to Lie: Kant on Dealing with Evil16. Thomas Nagel: The Fragmentation of ValueNotes on the ContributorsSelect BibliographyIndex