Objective Prescriptions: And Other Essays

Hardcover | March 1, 1999

byHare, R. M.

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R. M. Hare has brought together in this volume the best of his uncollected essays in moral philosophy, several of them previously unpublished or revised for this collection. They span the whole range of his ethical interests, from the most abstract to the most down-to-earth. The reader willfind here the bases of his ethical theory in Kantian prescriptivism, utilitarianism, and the logic of imperatives, and will see that theory applied to issues of bioethics, medical ethics, business ethics, loyalty and obedience, and racism. The essays display the author's characteristic clarity andvigour; some of them are polemical, targeting particular opponents and rival theories. The volume provides a compelling demonstration of Hare's commitment to bringing together the theoretical and the practical in ethics.

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R. M. Hare has brought together in this volume the best of his uncollected essays in moral philosophy, several of them previously unpublished or revised for this collection. They span the whole range of his ethical interests, from the most abstract to the most down-to-earth. The reader willfind here the bases of his ethical theory in K...

R. M. Hare, FBA, was White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford from 1966 to 1983, and Graduate Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Florida, Gainesville, thereafter.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Objective Prescriptions2. Prescriptivism3. Some Subatomic Particles of Logic4. Imperatives, Prescriptions, and their Logic5. Philosophy and Conflict6. A New Kind of Ethical Naturalism?7. Professor Foot on Subjectivism8. Internalism and Externalism in Ethics9. Weakness of the Will10. Foundationalism and Coherentism in Ethics11. Preferences of Possible People12. Methods of Bioethics: Some Defective Proposals13. A Utilitarian Approach to Ethics14. Is Medical Ethics Lost?15. Loyalty and Obedience16. Why Racism is an Evil17. The Ethics of Medical Involvement in Torture18. One Philosopher's Approach to Business and Professional Ethics19. What Are Cities For? The Ethics of Urban PlanningBibliography; Index