The Moral Philosophers: An Introduction to Ethics by Richard Norman

The Moral Philosophers: An Introduction to Ethics

byRichard Norman

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The Moral Philosophers adopts a historical approach to moral philosophy, taking in chronological sequence some of the major ethical philosophers of the past. Richard Norman introduces the thought of each figure as a coherent and comprehensive ethical theory, exploring their richness andcomplexity. Each theory is critically examined and presented as an attempt to surmount some of the deficiencies of its predecessor; and through this critical process the book moves towards some concluding suggestions about the content of an acceptable ethical theory. This new edition includes four new chapters: one on Nietzsche, and three which provide substantially extended coverage of twentieth-century moral philosophy, including discussions of contemporary utilitarianism, rights-based ethical theories, contractarian ethics and virtue ethics, and recentdebates between realism and anti-realism in ethics. The Moral Philosophers is designed for undergraduate students and the general reader, and is written in clear and non-technical language. It is intended for use as a basic text in an introductory course on ethics, with detailed recommended reading sections at the beginning of each chapter.

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Richard Norman is at University of Kent at Canterbury.
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Title:The Moral Philosophers: An Introduction to EthicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.51 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Ethics and its HistoryPART I: The Ancients2. Plato: The Health of the Personality3. Aristotle: The Rationality of the Emotions4. Egoism and AltruismPART II: The Moderns5. Hume: Sympathy6. Kant: Respect for Persons7. Mill: The Greatest Happiness8. Hegelian Ethics: Self-Realization9. Nietzsche: Beyond MoralityPART III: Contemporary Themes10. Facts and Values11. Utilitarianism and it Rivals12. The Ethical WorldIndex

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`The writing throughout is clear and pleasant to read. The factual information . . . is accurate; and the explanatory comments are apposite and illuminating. . . . All told, the main body of this book has a great deal to commend it.'W. D.Z Hudson, University of Exeter, Times Higher Education Supplement