Morals from Motives

Paperback | December 10, 2004

byMichael Slote

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Morals from Motives develops a virtue ethics inspired more by Hume and Hutcheson's moral sentimentalism than by recently-influential Aristotelianism. It argues that a reconfigured and expanded "morality of caring" can offer a general account of right and wrong action as well as social justice.Expanding the frontiers of ethics, it goes on to show how a motive-based "pure" virtue theory can also help us to understand the nature of human well-being and practical reason.

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Morals from Motives develops a virtue ethics inspired more by Hume and Hutcheson's moral sentimentalism than by recently-influential Aristotelianism. It argues that a reconfigured and expanded "morality of caring" can offer a general account of right and wrong action as well as social justice.Expanding the frontiers of ethics, it goes ...

Michael Slote is at University of Maryland, College Park.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.51 inPublished:December 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195170202

ISBN - 13:9780195170207

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PART I: MORALITY AND JUSTICEONE: Agent-Based Virtue Ethics1. Virtue Ethics2. Objections to Agent-Basing3. Morality as Inner Strength4. Morality as Universal Benevolence5. Morality as Caring and Further Aspects of Agent-BasingTWO: Morality and the Practical1. Is Agent-basing Practical?2. The Value of Conscientousness3. Moral ConflictTHREE: The Structure of Caring1. Caring and Love2. Balanced Caring3. Balanced Caring versus Aggregative Partialism4. Self-Concern5. Sentimentalist Deontology6. Caring versus the PhilosophersFOUR: The Justice of Caring1. From the Personal to the Political2. Social Justice3. Laws and Their Applications4. ConclusionFIVE: Universal Benevolence versus Caring1. Universal Benevolence and Universal Love2. The Justice of Universal Benevolence3. Humanitarianism and Religious Belief4. Humanitarianism and Intolerance5. The Choice between Caring and Universal BenevolencePART II: PRACTICAL RATIONALITY AND HUMAN GOODSIX: The Virtue in Self-Interest1. Unification in Utilitarianism2. Elevation versus Reduction3. Is Elevation Viable?4. Aristotelian Elevationism5. Platonic Elevationism6. ConclusionSEVEN: Agent-Based Practical Reason1. Conceptions of Practical Reason2. Agent-Based Rationality3. Practical Reason and Self-Interest4. The Rational Requiements of Morality5. ConclusionEIGHT: Extending the Approach1. Hyper-Agent-Basing2. General ConclusionIndex

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"[Slote's] project is an attractively shaped one. It is also ambitious, encompassing discussions of political morality and practical rationality."--Times Literary Supplement, November 22, 2002