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Morality and the Good Life

Edited by Thomas L. Carson and Paul K. Moser

Publication Date - January 1997

ISBN: 9780195105384

528 pages
Paperback
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $82.95

Description

Contemporary moral philosophers have produced an enormous amount of rich and varied published work on virtually all the issues falling within the scope of ethics and moral philosophy. Morality and the Good Life is a comprehensive survey of contemporary ethical theory which collects thirty-four selections on morality and the theory of value. Emphasizing value theory, metaethics, and normative ethics, it is non-technical and accessible to a wide range of readers. Selections are organized under six main topics: (1) Concepts of Goodness, (2) What Things are Good?, (3) Virtues and Ethics, (4) Realism vs. Anti-Realism, (5) Value and Obligation, and (6) The Value and Meaning of Life. The text includes both a substantial general introduction featuring explanatory summaries of all the selections and an extensive topical bibliography, which enhance the volume's research and pedagogical utility. The most up-to-date and wide-ranging survey of its kind, Morality and the Good Life is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in contemporary ethical theory, moral philosophy, and theory of value.

Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION
    PART I. CONCEPTS OF GOODNESS
    A. Cognitivist Approaches
    1. The Subject-Matter of Ethics, G. E. Moore
    2. Ethical Absolutism and the Ideal Observer, Roderick Firth
    B. Nonognitivist Approaches: Defense and Criticism
    3. Critique of Ethics, A. J. Ayer
    4. Critique of Ayer, W. D. Ross
    5. Reply to Critics, A. J. Ayer
    6. Expressivism, Allan Gibbard
    7. Selections from Descriptive Meaning and Principles, R. M. Hare
    8. Moral Beliefs, Phillipa Foot
    C. Kinds of Goodness
    9. Two Distinctions in Goodness, Christine Korsgaard
    PART 11. WHAT THINGS ARE GOOD?
    A. Hedonism: Defense and Criticism
    10. Ultimate Good, Henry Sidgwick
    11. Value and Pleasure, Robert Nozick
    B. The Desire-Satisfaction Theory: Defense and Criticism
    12. The Good of Man, G. H. von Wright
    13. Desire and the Human Good, Richard Kraut
    C. Objectivist Theories
    14. The Ideal, G. E. Moore
    15. What things are Good? and Moral Goodness, W. D. Ross
    16. Perfectionism, Thomas Hurka
    17. What Makes Someone's Life Go Best?, Derek Parfit
    PART III. VIRTUES AND ETHICS
    18. Modern Moral Philosophy, G. E. M. Anscombe
    19. Virtues and Vices, Phillipa Foot
    20. The Nature of the Virtues, Alasdair MacIntyre
    PART IV. REALISM VS. ANTI-REALISM
    21. The Subjectivity of Values, J. L. Mackie
    22. Values and Secondary Qualities, John McDowell
    23. Errors and the Phenomenology of Value, Simon Blackburn
    24. Moral Explanations, Nicholas Sturgeon
    PART V. VALUE AND OBLIGATION
    25. Results the Test of Right and Wrong, G. E. Moore
    26. Act-Utilitarianism and Rule-Utilitarianism, J. J. C. Smart
    27. The Real and Alleged Problems of Utilitarianism, Richard Brandt
    28. What Makes Right Acts Right?, W. D. Ross
    29. Obligation and Motivation in Recent Moral Philosophy, W. K. Frankena
    30. A Modified Divine Command Theory of Ethical Wrongness, Robert M. Adams
    PART VI. THE VALUE AND MEANING OF LIFE
    31. My Confession, Leo Tolstoy
    32. Meaning and Value of Life, Paul Edwards
    33. Morality and the Meaning of Life: Some First Thoughts, Norman Dahl
    34. Goods and Lives, Michael Slote
    BIBLIOGRAPHY ON CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL THEORY
    INDEX

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