Human Morality

Paperback | August 1, 1994

bySamuel Scheffler

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Some people believe that the demands of morality coincide with the requirements of an enlightened self-interest. Others believe that morality is diametrically opposed to considerations of self-interest. This book argues that there is another position, intermediate between these extremes,which makes better sense of the totality of our moral thought and practice. Scheffler elaborates this position via an examination of morality's content, scope, authority, and deliberative role. Although conflicts between morality and self-interest do arise, according to this position, neverthelessmorality is fundamentally a reasonable and humane phenomenon. Moreover, the psychological bases of effective moral motivation have sources deep within the self, and morally motivated individuals try to shape their own interests so as to avoid conflict with morality. Since human practices andinstitutions help to determine the prevalence of these motives, and since in this and other ways they influence the degree to which conflicts between morality and self-interest actually occur, the extent of such conflict is not fixed or immutable, and is in part a social and political issue.

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'An immensely rich book.... The book is extremely careful, resourceful, and reasonable. It is essential reading for everyone interested in ethics.' -Mind

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Some people believe that the demands of morality coincide with the requirements of an enlightened self-interest. Others believe that morality is diametrically opposed to considerations of self-interest. This book argues that there is another position, intermediate between these extremes,which makes better sense of the totality of our...

Samuel Scheffler is at University of California, Berkeley.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.39 inPublished:August 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195085647

ISBN - 13:9780195085648

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From Our Editors

'An immensely rich book.... The book is extremely careful, resourceful, and reasonable. It is essential reading for everyone interested in ethics.' -Mind

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"Scheffler outlines a convincing and sensible defense of morality and moral theory."--The Philosophical Review