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Ethics : Key Concepts in Philosophy - Dwight Furrow


Key Concepts in Philosophy

Paperback Published: 22nd November 2005
ISBN: 9780826472458
Number Of Pages: 172

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Key Concepts in Philosophy is a series of concise, accessible and engaging introductions to the core ideas and subjects encountered in the study of philosophy. Specially written to meet the needs of students and those with an interest in, but little prior knowledge of, philosophy, these books open up fascinating, yet sometimes difficult ideas. The series builds to give a solid grounding in philosophy and each book is also ideal as a companion to further study.

Western philosophy has always placed questions of ethics - of how to live well - centre stage. Ethics: Key Concepts in Philosophy is the ideal introduction to the subject. It offers thorough analysis and explication of six core concepts in moral philosophy: agency; reason; happiness; obligation; character; responsibility. The book covers all the major moral theories to have emerged from the Western tradition, and pays close attention to those philosophers who have made significant contributions to ethics. In addition to the six central themes, the text also discusses such key topics in ethics as relativism, egoism, naturalism, autonomy, objectivity, religion and integrity. The book concludes by looking at the challenges to moral philosophy posed by recent technological and social change. Philosophy undergraduates will find this an invaluable aid to study, one that goes beyond simple definitions and summaries to really open up fascinating and important ideas and debates.

Introductionp. 1
Obstacles to moral philosophyp. 4
Moral agencyp. 8
Self-interestp. 10
Moral autonomy and moral motivesp. 20
Procedural autonomyp. 25
Relational autonomyp. 27
Objective moral reasonsp. 34
Relativismp. 35
Moral realismp. 40
Logical consistencyp. 42
Utilitarianismp. 44
Kantian deontologyp. 49
Objectivity reconsideredp. 56
Moral reasons in contextp. 62
An ethics of care vs. an ethic of justicep. 63
Does moral reasoning require moral principles?p. 69
The role of emotionp. 77
Problems to solvep. 80
Obligationp. 84
Social contract theoryp. 89
Relationship obligationsp. 94
Vulnerability and obligationsp. 99
Objections to relationship obligationsp. 104
The limits of obligationp. 105
Happinessp. 108
Happiness and pleasurep. 110
Is happiness subjective or objective?p. 112
Aristotle on happinessp. 115
Happiness in contextp. 121
Qualities of moral characterp. 132
Care as a virtuep. 133
Integrityp. 136
Practical wisdomp. 143
Qualities of character and moral reasonsp. 151
A final word about Oskar Schindlerp. 153
Moral responsibilityp. 155
The problem of free willp. 156
Moral responsibility without metaphysicsp. 160
Guidance control and moral responsibilityp. 162
Epiloguep. 170
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ISBN: 9780826472458
ISBN-10: 0826472451
Series: Key Concepts in Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 22nd November 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1

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