The Triumph of Practice over Theory in Ethics by James P. Sterba

The Triumph of Practice over Theory in Ethics

byJames P. Sterba

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Aristotelian ethics, Kantian ethics, and utilitarian ethics have been for some time now the main options within (Western) ethics, and the central task over the years has been to determine which of the three is right. Is this book yet another attempt to fulfill this same old task? Not at all.Sterba argues that in their ongoing attempts to put forward for general consideration the most morally defensible versions of their views, advocates of Aristotelian ethics, Kantian ethics, and utilitarian ethics have jettisoned much of what had originally distinguished their theories from eachother. The upshot is that, in their current most morally defensible formulations, Aristotelian ethics, Kantian ethics, and utilitarian ethics no longer differ in the practical requirements they endorse. This makes the resolution of moral problems far easier. Sterba drives home his claims by takingup some of the most challenging and important moral problems of our time--sexual harassment, affirmative action, and international terrorism and Iraqi War II. This book is an ideal supplementary text for courses in introductory ethics, history of ethics, contemporary moral problems, and variousapplied ethics courses. Featuring a lucid writing style and coverage of current moral issues, it is also captivating reading for general readers.

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James P. Sterba is at University of Notre Dame.
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Title:The Triumph of Practice over Theory in EthicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:December 2, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Aristotelians and Kantians and the Justification for Morality3. Kantians and Utilitarians, and the Poor, Disadvantaged, Innocent4. Kantians and Utilitarians and the Moral Status of Nonhuman LifePhilosophical Interlude: 5. Understanding, Explaining, and Eliminating Sexual Harassment6. Defending Affirmative Action, Defending Preferences7. International Terrorism and Iraqi War II8. ConclusionNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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"Using concrete detail in application to actual cases, James Sterba gives all of us reason to reflect on the question of how far our differences in moral theory prevent us from seeing how we might come together on important matters of moral practice."-Peter Railton, University ofMichigan