John Skorupski develops in these essays a distinctive and systematic moral philosophy, examining fundamental questions in ethics, and then applying the results to issues of culture and politics. The first three parts of the book focus on central ethical concepts: reasons, the good, and morality. Skorupski examines normative claims about what we have reason to think, feel, or do. He then presents a conception of the good which differs
significantly from the utilitarianism of Mill while maintaining its important insights. Drawing on Kant and Hegel, his account of morality relates it to autonomy and the emotions involved in blame and recognition. The final part of the book is a liberal critique of the forms of liberalism which dominate contemporary culture.
Ethical Explorations firmly links liberal politics to its ethical ideal, and links that ideal to modern morality and modern ideas of the good.
The essays in this book are profound, insightful, and subtle. Their careful arguments about central topics in contemporary moral and political philosophy are placed against a richly textured historical and cultural background ... They are highly original and consistently suggestive, and because of their range will be of great benefit to anyone working in ethics or liberal political theory ... It is one of the richest resources available in contemporary ethics. Roger Crisp, Philosophical Quarterly This collection of essays ranges over the whole field of moral philosophy ... not very easy reading, but is well worth the effort. The Heythrop Journal