The Moral Domain: Guided Readings in Philosophical and Literary Texts

Paperback | September 18, 2009

byNorman Lillegard

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The Moral Domain is a hybrid, combining the best features of a reader and a textbook. First, it provides extensive readings from the central writings in ethics along with writings from literary figures who offer concrete examples of lived ethics. And second, it includes thorough introductionsand interspersed explanations and commentaries throughout, helping students to more fully understand and participate in the ethical ideas and issues.The philosophical selections are both Western and non-Western, including works and authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, MacIntyre, and Hursthouse, the Bhagavad Gita, Hsun-Tzu, and Confucian works. Literary figures include Sophocles, Tolstoy, the Bible, Camus,Twain, Dostoevsky, Golding, and Wharton, among others.The book is highly interactive, integrating philosophical and literary reading selections with explanations and a variety of study questions to test comprehension and encourage reflections. The book is ideal for introduction to ethics and moral philosophy courses.

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The Moral Domain is a hybrid, combining the best features of a reader and a textbook. First, it provides extensive readings from the central writings in ethics along with writings from literary figures who offer concrete examples of lived ethics. And second, it includes thorough introductionsand interspersed explanations and commentari...

Norman Lillegard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.2 × 7.3 × 0.5 inPublished:September 18, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefacePrincipal AimsSome ways to Use this TextSample SyllabiIntroduction: The Moral Domain1. Relativism, Skepticism, and The Possibility of Moral JudgmentTolstoy: After the BallRachels: Against RelativismMidgely: Being Judgmental and Moral JudgmentThe U.N. Universal Declaration of Human RightsFurther Discussion and ApplicationsAccepting DifferencesToleranceThe Possibility of Real Moral DifferencesWilliams: Thin and Thick Moral ConceptsGlendon: Some origins of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights2. The Good Life, Reason, and Tragic ConflictSophocles: AntigoneSocrates and Plato: from Apology, Phaedo Euthyphro, Protagoras, RepublicFurther Discussions and ApplicationsJulia Annas: Why return to the Cave?Iris Murdoch: Goodness and PurityCharles Taylor: Plato's Basis for "Strong Evaluation"Popper: Plato and Totalitarianism3. The Good Life, Reason and VirtueAristotle: from The Nichomachean EthicsFurther Discussions and ApplicationsKraut, Nussbaum: Scientific EthicsSher, Bennett: Moral EducationCooper: Friendship and CommunityWallace: The Virtue of GenerosityThe Confucian School: Confucian Parallels (and Differences)4. Morality and ReligionPsalm 1, Psalm 19Aquinas: from Summa Theologica: The Treatise On LawFrom Summa Theologica: On Wisdom and FollyAquinas: The Principle Of Double Effect (from de Malo)The Story of Abraham and Issac (Gen. 22)Duns Scotus: On Divine Commands and Divine Will (from the Ordinatio and the Reportatio, trans. Thomas Williams)The Bhagavad GitaFurther Discussions and ApplicationsFurther Points about Natural LawFurther Points about Divine CommandsRachels: Religious Worship as Incompatible with MoralityAdams: A revised Divine Command EthicsEleanor Stump: Folly and the Death Camp DoctorsMatthews: Double Effect, Abortion, EuthanasiaAnscombe: Double Effect, Warfare and MurderEpictetus: The Gita and Stoicism5. Evil, Vice and ReasonDostoevsky: from The Brothers KaramazovNietzsche: Art and Morality. Aristocratic morality. Suspicion of the Good/Evil DistinctionAlbert Camus: The Human CrisisFurther Discussions and ApplicationsTaylor: Evil and Good as "Natural"Benn: WickednessArendt: The Banality of EvilJohnson: The Vice of Self DeceptionAugustine, Dante: Vice and Punishment6. Egoism, Reason and EthicsGolding: Lord of the FliesMencius And Hsun-Tzu: Whether Human Nature Is Inherently Good Or EvilHobbes: from LeviathanButler: Sermon XI From Fifteen SermonsFurther Discussions and ApplicationsBrowne: The Unselfishness TrapBaier: Reason and MoralityRational Choice, Ethics, and the Prisoner's DilemmaWilson: Egoism, Altruism and BiologyBroadie: An Aristotelian account of Reason, Egoism and Justice7. Feeling, Reason, and MoralityMark Twain: from Huckleberry FinnHume: from An Inquiry Concerning the Principles of MoralsFrom Treatise of Human NatureFurther Discussions and ApplicationsEmotivism, Prescriptivism, Non-cognitivism, the Open Question ArgumentCarroll Bennett: The Walrus, the Carpenter, Edwards and Himler: Moral sentiments and sentimentalityBlackburn: ProjectivismSearle: Deriving an Ought from an Is8. Reason, Duty, and DignityTrollope: from Dr. Wortle's SchoolKant: from The Foundations of the Metaphysics of MoralsFurther Discussions and ApplicationsW. D. Ross: Prima Facie Duties and Conflict Between DutiesSorell: Personal Goodness and Kantian Good WillSinger: Kant on Sex, "Using" people, and Objectifying PeopleReagan: Kant on the Treatment of AnimalsKohlberg: Moral Development, Moral Education, and AutonomyGilligan and Homiak: The Moral Focus of WomenHabermas: Kantian Ethical Concepts and Discursive Reason9. Rightness, Reason and ConsequencesDostoevsky: "Reason," Consequences, and Murder (from Crime and Punishment)Bentham:The Calculation of Pleasures and Pains (from The Principles of Morals and Legislation)Mill: Utility, Higher and Lower Pleasures, and Justice (from Utilitarianism)Further Discussions and ApplicationsWilliams: Against UtilitarianismHare: A defense of UtilitarianismSchick: Under What Description?Singer: Feeding the HungryRawls: Social Justice and UtilityVeatch: Allocating Scarce Medical Resources10. Virtues, Narrative, and Community: Some Recent DiscussionsWharton: from The House of MirthMacIntyre: Narrative, Human Action and the Virtues (from After Virtue )Further Discussions and ApplicationsHursthouse: Problems with Virtue TheoriesRoberts: Virtues and the WillHill: Virtue and Natural EnvironmentsHallie, Sauvage: The People of Le Chambon