Reasons and the Good

Paperback | August 14, 2008

byRoger Crisp

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In Reasons and the Good Roger Crisp answers some of the oldest questions in moral philosophy. Claiming that a fundamental issue in normative ethics is what ultimate reasons for action we might have, he argues that the best statements of such reasons will not employ moral concepts. Heinvestigates and explains the nature of reasons themselves; his account of how we come to know them combines an intuitionist epistemology with elements of Pyrrhonist scepticism. He defends a hedonistic theory of well-being and an account of practical reason according to which we can give some,though not overriding, priority to our own good over that of others. The book develops original lines of argument within a framework of some traditional but currently less popular views.

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In Reasons and the Good Roger Crisp answers some of the oldest questions in moral philosophy. Claiming that a fundamental issue in normative ethics is what ultimate reasons for action we might have, he argues that the best statements of such reasons will not employ moral concepts. Heinvestigates and explains the nature of reasons t...

Roger Crisp is a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Anne's College, University of Oxford. His research focuses on Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Ancient Philosophy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.42 inPublished:August 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199548692

ISBN - 13:9780199548699

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Morality2. Reasons3. Knowledge4. Well-being5. Practical Reason6. Equality

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`Roger Crisp presents answers to some of the oldest questions in moral philosophy. The book is sparklingly clear and contains abundant insights and interesting arguments. One strength is that it does not require substantial acquaintance with the literature in order to follow and benefit from the discussion, although those versed in the current debates will doubtless get more out of the book. The breadth of thebook is also impressive. . . . Crisps most important theses are that: hedonism is the true account of well-being; that only well-being provides ultimate reasons and that the only reasons we have are of partial self-interest and pure impartiality. . . . this is a rich and rewarding book which willcontribute greatly to a number of debates throughout moral philosophy. 'Ratio