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Moral Animals : Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory - Catherine Wilson

Moral Animals

Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780199267675
Number Of Pages: 336

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Moral Animals offers a brand new approach to moral theory. Drawing on anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary theory, as well as philosophy of language and philosophy of science, Catherine Wilson shows how to understand and reconcile our moral aspirations for a just world with the constraints human nature places on us. This ambitious book will spark fresh debates within philosophy and across the social sciences.

Wilson's book engages, in an energetic and constructive way, with many of the main theorists of moral philosophy ... It is a thoughtful and well-written book. Edward Johnson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews ...a carefully argued and ingeniously devised piece of normative ethics, which shows how much philosophical theory, reinforced with insights from anthropology and psychology, can contribute to the perennial problems of social justice. John Cottingham, Times Literary Supplement

1: Morality as a System of Advantage-Reducing Imperatives 2: Paraworlds and Confirmation 3: Limits on Theory I: Costs to Agents 4: Limits on Theory II: Immanent Standpoints 5: The Anonymity Requirement and Counterweight Principles 6: The Division of the Co-operative Surplus 7: The Role of a Merit Principle in Distributive Justice 8: Moral Equality and 'Natural' Subordination Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780199267675
ISBN-10: 0199267677
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.63