Value Judgement: Improving Our Ethical Beliefs

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byJames Griffin

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James Griffin asks how, and how much, we can improve our ethical standards not lift our behaviour closer to our standards but refine the standards themselves. To give an answer to this question it is necessary to answer most of the questions of ethics. So Value Judgement includes discussionof what a good life is like, where the boundaries of the `natural world' come, how values relate to that world, how great human capacitiesthe ones important to ethicsare, and where moral norms come from. Throughout the book the question of what philosophy can contribute to ethics repeatedly arises. Philosophical traditions, such as most forms of utilitarianism and deontology and virtue ethics, are, Griffin contends, too ambitious. Ethics cannot be what philosophers in those traditions expect itto be because agents cannot be what their philosophies need them to be. This clear, compelling, and original account of ethics will be of interest to anyone concerned with thinking about values: not only philosophers but legal, political, and economic theorists as well. L

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James Griffin asks how, and how much, we can improve our ethical standards not lift our behaviour closer to our standards but refine the standards themselves. To give an answer to this question it is necessary to answer most of the questions of ethics. So Value Judgement includes discussionof what a good life is like, where the bound...

James Griffin is White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.47 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198752318

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Improving Our Ethical Beliefs2. The Good Life3. The Boundaries of the Natural World4. Value and Nature5. A Simple Moral Thought6. Agents7. Some Complex Moral Ideas8. How Can We Improve Our Ethical Beliefs?BibliograophyIndex

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interesting and suggestive .../ ... a subtle and elegantly written sketch of some promising paths which ethical theorizing might take. / Stephen Darwall, University of Michigan, The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol 49, No. 195, April 1999.