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A Short History of Ethics : A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the 20th Century - Alasdair MacIntyre

A Short History of Ethics

A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the 20th Century

Paperback Published: 9th May 2002
ISBN: 9780415287494
Number Of Pages: 304

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What is right ? What is wrong ? How do we decide ? To a remarkable extent, our decision-making is determined by the origins of the ethical ideas that we employ and the history of their development. A Short History of Ethics is widely acknowledged to be the perfect introduction to the subject, presenting in concise form an insightful yet exceptionally complete history of moral philosophy in the West, from the Greeks to contemporary times. In clear and readable prose, Alasdair MacIntyre, one of the finest living philosophers, leads the reader towards a greater understanding of what lies behind our ethical decisions.

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'Very powerful ... this book is an impressive contribution to our endless argument about the meaning of ethical concepts.' -- The Observer

Prefacep. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. xxi
The Philosophical Point of the History of Ethicsp. 1
The Prephilosophical History of "Good" and the Transition to Philosophyp. 5
The Sophists and Socratesp. 14
Plato: The Gorgiasp. 26
Plato: The Republicp. 33
Postscript to Platop. 51
Aristotle's Ethicsp. 57
Postscript to Greek Ethicsp. 84
Christianityp. 110
Luther, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Spinozap. 121
New Valuesp. 146
The British Eighteenth-Century Argumentp. 157
The French Eighteenth-Century Argumentp. 178
Kantp. 190
Hegel and Marxp. 199
Kierkegaard to Nietzschep. 215
Reformers, Utilitarians, Idealistsp. 227
Modern Moral Philosophyp. 249
Notesp. 271
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780415287494
ISBN-10: 0415287499
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 9th May 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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