Plural and Conflicting Values

Paperback | November 1, 1985

byMichael Stocker

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Plural values and conflicting values are often held to be conceptually problematic, threatening the very possibility of ethics, or at least of rational ethics. This book rejects this view. The author first demonstrates why it is so important to understand the issues raised by plural and conflicting values. This includes a full discussion of Aristotle's treatment of the issues. He then goes on to show that plurality and conflict are commonplace and generally unproblematic features ofour everyday choice and action, and that they do allow for a sound and rational ethic.

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Plural values and conflicting values are often held to be conceptually problematic, threatening the very possibility of ethics, or at least of rational ethics. This book rejects this view. The author first demonstrates why it is so important to understand the issues raised by plural and conflicting values. This includes a full discuss...

Michael Stocker is at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:November 1, 1985Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198240554

ISBN - 13:9780198240556

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Table of Contents

SECTION I: Plurality and choice1. Monism, pluralism, and conflict2. Conflict3. Maximization4. Ought and can5. Act and agent evaluationsSECTION II: Akrasia6. The unity of the good, commensurability, and comparability7. Courage, the doctrine of the mean, and the possibility of emotional and evaluative coherence8. Dirty hands and ordinary life9. Dirty hands and conflicts of value and desires in Aristotle's ethics10. Friendship and morality: some difficult relations11. Some problems with counter-examples in ethics

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'Plural and conflicting Values is a rich, provocative, insightful book. I found myself agreeing with most of its main arguments.'Elizabeth S. Anderson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, The Philosophical Review, Vol. 101, No. 4, (October 1992)