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Autonomy and Self-Respect - Thomas E. Hill Jr

Autonomy and Self-Respect

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Published: 9th December 1991
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This stimulating collection of essays in ethics eschews the simple exposition and refinement of abstract theories. Rather, the author focuses on everyday moral issues, often neglected by philosophers, and explores the deeper theoretical questions which they raise. Such issues are: Is it wrong to tell a lie to protect someone from a painful truth? Should one commit a lesser evil to prevent another from doing something worse? Can one be both autonomous and compassionate? Other topics discussed are servility, weakness of will, suicide, obligations to oneself, snobbery, and environmental concerns. A feature of the collection is the contrast of Kantian and utilitarian answers to these problems. The essays are crisply and lucidly written and will appeal to both teachers and students of philosophy.

'The book would be an invaluable accompaniment to Kant's own texts in a Kant's ethics course and it would make a much more interesting main text than one can usually get in a practical ethics course.' Christine Korsgaard, University of Chicago

Sources and acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Servility and self-respectp. 4
Self-respect reconsideredp. 19
Autonomy and benevolent liesp. 25
The importance of autonomyp. 43
Symbolic protest and calculated silencep. 52
Moral purity and the lesser evilp. 67
Self-regarding suicide: a modified Kantian viewp. 85
Ideals of human excellence and preserving natural environmentsp. 104
Weakness of will and characterp. 118
Promises to oneselfp. 138
Social snobbery and human dignityp. 155
Pains and projects: justifying to oneselfp. 173
The message of affirmative actionp. 189
Indexp. 212
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ISBN: 9780521397728
ISBN-10: 0521397723
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 9th December 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.8  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.35