Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 August 1998

424 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195122565

Bookseller Code (04)


Its Nature and Justification

Bernard Gert

For more than thirty years, philosopher Bernard Gert has been developing and refining his distinctive and comprehensive moral theory. His classic work, The Moral Rules: A New Rational Foundation for Morality, was first published in 1970. In 1988, OUP published a fourth revision titled Morality: A New Justification of the Moral Rules. Now, in this final revision, Gert has produced the fullest and most sophisticated account of this influential theoretical model. Here, Gert makes clear that the moral rules are only one part of an informal system that does not provide unique answers to every moral question but does always provide a range of morally acceptable options. A new chapter on reasons includes an account of what makes one reason better than another and another new chapter is devoted to the question of justifying violations of the rules. Moral impartiality, the moral ideals, and virtue and vice, are all treated in greater detail. Throughout, Gert attempts to answer all of the challenges that his work has provoked.