Morality and the Good Life

Paperback | January 1, 1997

EditorThomas L. Carson, Paul K. Moser

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Contemporary moral philosophers have produced an enormous amount of rich and varied published work on virtually all the issues falling within the scope of ethics and moral philosophy. Morality and the Good Life is a comprehensive survey of contemporary ethical theory which collects thirty-fourselections on morality and the theory of value. Emphasizing value theory, metaethics, and normative ethics, it is non-technical and accessible to a wide range of readers. Selections are organized under six main topics: (1) Concepts of Goodness, (2) What Things are Good?, (3) Virtues and Ethics, (4)Realism vs. Anti-Realism, (5) Value and Obligation, and (6) The Value and Meaning of Life. The text includes both a substantial general introduction featuring explanatory summaries of all the selections and an extensive topical bibliography, which enhance the volume's research and pedagogicalutility. The most up-to-date and wide-ranging survey of its kind, Morality and the Good Life is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in contemporary ethical theory, moral philosophy, and theory of value.

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Contemporary moral philosophers have produced an enormous amount of rich and varied published work on virtually all the issues falling within the scope of ethics and moral philosophy. Morality and the Good Life is a comprehensive survey of contemporary ethical theory which collects thirty-fourselections on morality and the theory of va...

Thomas L. Carson is at Loyola University of Chicago. Paul K. Moser is at Loyola University of Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 6.5 × 9.17 × 0.91 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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INTRODUCTIONPART I. CONCEPTS OF GOODNESSA. Cognitivist Approaches1. G. E. Moore: The Subject-Matter of Ethics2. Roderick Firth: Ethical Absolutism and the Ideal ObserverB. Nonognitivist Approaches: Defense and Criticism3. A. J. Ayer: Critique of Ethics4. W. D. Ross: Critique of Ayer5. A. J. Ayer: Reply to Critics6. Allan Gibbard: Expressivism7. R. M. Hare: Selections from Descriptive Meaning and Principles8. Phillipa Foot: Moral BeliefsC. Kinds of Goodness9. Christine Korsgaard: Two Distinctions in GoodnessPART 11. WHAT THINGS ARE GOOD?A. Hedonism: Defense and Criticism10. Henry Sidgwick: Ultimate Good11. Robert Nozick: Value and PleasureB. The Desire-Satisfaction Theory: Defense and Criticism12. G. H. von Wright: The Good of Man13. Richard Kraut: Desire and the Human GoodC. Objectivist Theories14. G. E. Moore: The Ideal15. W. D. Ross: What things are Good? and Moral Goodness16. Thomas Hurka: Perfectionism17. Derek Parfit: What Makes Someone's Life Go Best?PART III. VIRTUES AND ETHICS18. G. E. M. Anscombe: Modern Moral Philosophy19. Phillipa Foot: Virtues and Vices20. Alasdair MacIntyre: The Nature of the VirtuesPART IV. REALISM VS. ANTI-REALISM21. J. L. Mackie: The Subjectivity of Values22. John McDowell: Values and Secondary Qualities23. Simon Blackburn: Errors and the Phenomenology of Value24. Nicholas Sturgeon: Moral ExplanationsPART V. VALUE AND OBLIGATION25. G. E. Moore: Results the Test of Right and Wrong26. J. J. C. Smart: Act-Utilitarianism and Rule-Utilitarianism27. Richard Brandt: The Real and Alleged Problems of Utilitarianism28. W. D. Ross: What Makes Right Acts Right?29. W. K. Frankena: Obligation and Motivation in Recent Moral Philosophy30. Robert M. Adams: A Modified Divine Command Theory of Ethical WrongnessPART VI. THE VALUE AND MEANING OF LIFE31. Leo Tolstoy: My Confession32. Paul Edwards: Meaning and Value of Life33. Norman Dahl: Morality and the Meaning of Life: Some First Thoughts34. Michael Slote: Goods and LivesBIBLIOGRAPHY ON CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL THEORYINDEX

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"Excellent and accessible work. Introduction and summaries of articles quite lucid. Comprehensive in range and outlook. A positive contribution."--Ramesh Patel, Antioch College