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Published: 03 January 2008

224 Pages

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195325058

Bookseller Code (04)

Why Be Good?

A Historical Introduction to Ethics

Duncan Richter

Ideal for courses in introductory ethics or the history of ethics, this unique volume explores the vital question of why we should be good. Author Duncan Richter presents a series of intriguing responses from the Western philosophical tradition, offering chapters on Plato, Aristotle, prominent thinkers in Christianity, Aquinas, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, and several twentieth-century philosophers. In each chapter, Richter focuses on the main ethical theories of the philosopher(s) discussed, explaining their ideas on ethics, virtue, and character and the objections resulting from their arguments. Each chapter builds on the concepts covered in previous chapters; this historical approach results in a debate that elucidates the various theories and helps students understand each new argument as a reaction to those that preceded it.

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