Virtues and Vices: and other essays in moral philosophy

Paperback | October 10, 2002

byPhilippa Foot

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'Foot stands out among contemporary ethical theorists because of her conviction that virtues and vices are more central ethical notions than rights, duties, justice, or consequences - the primary focus of most other contemporary theorists. This volume brings together a dozen essays publishedbetween 1957 and 1977, and includes two new ones as well. In the first, Foot argues explicitly for an ethic of virtue, and in the next five discusses abortion, euthanasia, free will/determination, and the ethics of Hume and Nietzsche. The final eight essays chart her growing disenchantment withemotivism and prescriptivism and their account of moral arguments. All the essays embody to some extent her commitment to an ethics of virtue.... Foot's style is straightforward and readable, her arguments subtle, ingenious, and some of them important.' Choice'All in all, this collection of essays provides much to whet the moral philosopher's appetite.' International Philosophical Quarterly

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'Foot stands out among contemporary ethical theorists because of her conviction that virtues and vices are more central ethical notions than rights, duties, justice, or consequences - the primary focus of most other contemporary theorists. This volume brings together a dozen essays publishedbetween 1957 and 1977, and includes two new o...

Philippa Foot is Griffin Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.5 inPublished:October 10, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface to 2002 EditionPrefaceIntroductionAcknowledgements1. Virtues and Vices2. The Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect3. Euthanasia4. Free Will as Involving Determinism5. Hume on Moral Judgement6. Nietzsche: The Revaluation of Values7. Moral Arguments8. Moral Beliefs9. Goodness and Choice10. Reasons for Actions and Desires11. Morality as a System for Hypothetical Imperatives12. A Reply to Professor Frankena13. Are Moral Considerations Overriding?14. Approval and DisapprovalIndex

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"Foot stands out among contemporary ethical theorists because of her conviction that virtues and vices are more central ethical notions than rights, duties, justice, or consequences--the primary focus of most other contemporary moral theorists. This volume brings together a dozen essays published between 1957 and 1977, and includes two new ones as well. In the first, Foot argues explicitly for an ethic of virtue, and in the next five discusses abortion, euthanasia, free will/determination, and the ethics of Hume and Nietzsche. The final eight essays chart her growing disenchantment with emotivism and prescriptivism and t heir account of moral arguments. All the essays embody to some extent her commitment to an ethics of virtue. Foot's style is straightforward and readable, her arguments subtle, ingenious, and some of them important."--Choice