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Published: 24 July 2020

432 Pages

5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190058319

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The Fundamentals of Ethics

Fifth Edition

Russ Shafer-Landau

In The Fundamentals of Ethics, Fifth Edition, author Russ Shafer-Landau employs a uniquely engaging writing style to introduce students to the essential ideas of moral philosophy. Offering more comprehensive coverage of the good life, normative ethics, and metaethics than any other text of its kind, this book also addresses issues that are often omitted from other texts, such as the doctrine of doing and allowing, the doctrine of double effect, ethical particularism, the desire-satisfaction theory of well-being, moral error theory, and Ross's theory of prima facie duties. Shafer-Landau carefully reconstructs and analyzes dozens of arguments in depth, at a level that is understandable to students with no prior philosophical background.

New to this Edition:

  • Nearly thirty Cases for Critical Reflection, designed to stimulate further thought about the theories discussed in Parts 1 (The Good Life) and 2 (Normative Ethics)
  • Chapter 12 now includes a separate discussion of the problem of free will
  • A new Chapter 22, Is Moral Knowledge Possible? Five Skeptical Arguments, introduces moral skepticism
  • Substantial improvements to many sections, including "Happiness and Intrinsic Value" in Chapter 1; all three sections in Chapter 5; "Natural Purposes" in Chapter 6; and "Rule Consequentialism" in Chapter 10

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