Motive And Rightness

Hardcover | March 24, 2011

bySteven Sverdlik

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Motive and Rightness is the first book-length attempt to answer the question: Does the motive of an action ever make a difference to whether that action is morally right or wrong? Steven Sverdlik argues that the answer is yes. He examines the major contemporary moral theories to see if theycan provide a plausible account of the relevance of motives to rightness and wrongness, and argues that consequentialism gives a better account of these matters than Kantianism or certain important forms of virtue ethics. In carrying out the investigation Sverdlik presents an analysis of the nature of motives, and he considers their relations to normative judgments and intentions. A chapter is devoted to analyzing the extent to which motives are 'available' to rational agents, and the importance of feelings andunconscious motives. Historical figures such as Kant, Bentham, Mill and Ross are discussed, as well as contemporary writers like Korsgaard, Herman, Hurka, Slote and Hursthouse. Motive and Rightness offers an original interweaving of ethical theory, both historical and contemporary, with moralpsychology, action theory, and psychology.

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Motive and Rightness is the first book-length attempt to answer the question: Does the motive of an action ever make a difference to whether that action is morally right or wrong? Steven Sverdlik argues that the answer is yes. He examines the major contemporary moral theories to see if theycan provide a plausible account of the relevan...

Steven Sverdlik is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Methodist University, Texas. He works on ethics, action theory, and moral psychology.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:March 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199594945

ISBN - 13:9780199594948

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Table of Contents

1. The Deontic Relevance of Motives2. The Nature of Motives3. Consequentialism and Motives4. Intrinsic Consequentialism5. Testing Kantian Maxims6. Treating Humanity as an End7. Doing the Right Thing from Malice8. The Availability of Motives9. Remaining Questions