Reconciling Our Aims: In Search of Bases for Ethics

Paperback | September 1, 2011

byAllan GibbardEditorBarry Stroud

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In these three Tanner lectures, distinguished ethical theorist Allan Gibbard explores the nature of normative thought and the bases of ethics. In the first lecture he explores the role of intuitions in moral thinking and offers a way of thinking about the intuitive method of moral inquiry thatboth places this activity within the natural world and makes sense of it as an indispensable part of our lives as planners. In the second and third lectures he takes up the kind of substantive ethical inquiry he has described in the first lecture, asking how we might live together on terms that noneof us could reasonably reject. Since working at cross purposes loses fruits that might stem from cooperation, he argues, any consistent ethos that meets this test would be, in a crucial way, utilitarian. It would reconcile our individual aims to establish, in Kant's phrase, a "kingdom of ends." The volume also contains anintroduction by Barry Stroud, the volume editor, critiques by Michael Bratman (Stanford University), John Broome (Oxford University), and F. M. Kamm (Harvard University), and Gibbard's responses.

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In these three Tanner lectures, distinguished ethical theorist Allan Gibbard explores the nature of normative thought and the bases of ethics. In the first lecture he explores the role of intuitions in moral thinking and offers a way of thinking about the intuitive method of moral inquiry thatboth places this activity within the natura...

Alan Gibbard is Richard Brandt University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. Barry Stroud is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.51 × 8.5 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Barry Stroud: IntroductionReconciling Our Aims1. Insight, Consistency, and Plans for Living2. Living Together: Economic and Moral Argument3. Common Goals and the Ideal Social ContractMichael Bratman: Appendix: The Harsanyi-like Result; Comments: Normative Thinking and Planning, Individual and SharedJohn Broome: Comments on Allan GibbardF. M. Kamm: Should You Save This Child? Gibbard on Intuitions, Contractualism, and Strains of CommitmentAllan Gibbard: Reply to CommentatorsBibliography