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Ethical Explorations - John Skorupski

Ethical Explorations

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780198238300
Number Of Pages: 308

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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

Introductionp. 1
Reasons
Objectivity and Convergencep. 11
Metaphysical Realismp. 24
Reasons and Reasonp. 26
Neutral versus Relative: Philosophical Utilitarianism and Practical Reasonp. 49
Value-Pluralismp. 65
The Good
Value and Distributionp. 85
The Allais 'Paradox'p. 102
Quality of Well-Being: Quality of Beingp. 107
Is My Good what I have Reason to Desire?p. 130
Morality
The Definition of Moralityp. 137
Freedom, Morality, and Recognition: Some Theses of Kant and Hegalp. 160
Politics and the Ideal
Liberal Elitismp. 193
The Ethical Content of Liberal Lawp. 213
Liberty's Hollow Triumphp. 234
The Postmodern Hume: Ernest Gellner's 'Enlightenment Fundamentalism'p. 255
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780198238300
ISBN-10: 0198238304
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.1  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.57