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Natural Goodness

byPhilippa Foot

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Philippa Foot has for many years been one of the most distinctive and influential thinkers in moral philosophy. Long dissatisfied with the moral theories of her contemporaries, she has gradually evolved a theory of her own that is radically opposed not only to emotivism and prescriptivism butalso to the whole subjectivist, anti-naturalist movement deriving from David Hume. Dissatisfied also with both Kantian and utilitarian ethics, she claims to have isolated a special form of evaluation that predicates goodness and defect only to living things considered as such: she finds this form ofevaluation in moral judgements. Her vivid discussion ranges over topics such as practical rationality, erring conscience, and the relation between virtue and happiness, ending with a critique of Nietzsche's immoralism. Natural Goodness is the long-awaited exposition of a highly original approach to moral philosophy, representing a fundamental break away from the assumptions of recent debates. Foot challenges many prominent philosophical arguments and attitudes; hers is not, however, a work of dry theory, but fullof life and feeling, written for anyone intrigued by the deepest questions about goodness and human life. This beautifully written book offers a new beginning for moral philosophy.

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Philippa Foot is at University of California, Los Angeles, and Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.
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Title:Natural GoodnessFormat:PaperbackPublished:October 21, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019926547X

ISBN - 13:9780199265473

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Table of Contents

1. A Fresh Start2. Natural Norms3. Transition to Human Beings4. Practical Rationality5. Human Goodness6. Happiness and Human Good7. ImmoralismPostscript, Bibliography

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`One of the most fascinating ideas in ancient philosophy - that there is a close relationship between human happiness and virtue - has been largely neglected in modern philosophy. In this highly significant book, Philippa Foot revives that idea, rooting it in an understanding of humangoodness as depending on the nature of our species. In more than one sense, it is a work of great integrity. Beautifully and economically written, and powerfully argued, it will become a classic of modern moral philosophy.'Roger Crisp