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Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character - Robert Audi

Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character

Paperback Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9780195114683
Number Of Pages: 316

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This book offers a unified collection of published and unpublished papers by Robert Audi, a renowned defender of the rationalist position in ethics. Taken together, the essays present a vigorous, broadly-based argument in moral epistemology and a related account of reasons for action and their bearing on moral justification and moral character. Part I details Audi's compelling moral epistemology while Part II offers a unique vision of ethical concepts and an account of moral explanation, as well as a powerful model of moral realism. Part III extends this account of moral explanation to moral responsibility for both actions and character and to the relation between virtue and the actions that express it. Part IV elaborates a theory of reasons for action that locates them in relation to three of their traditionally major sources: desire, moral judgment, and value.
Clear and illuminating, Audi's introduction outlines and interconnects the self-contained but cumulatively arranged essays. It also places them in relation to classical and contemporary literature, and directs readers to large segments of thematically connected material spread throughout the book. Audi ends with a powerfully synthetic final essay.

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introduction: Four Dimensions of Ethical Theoryp. 3
Moral Epistemologyp. 9
Internalism All Externalism in Moral Epistemologyp. 11
Notesp. 29
Intuitionism, Pluralism, and the Foundations of Ethicsp. 32
Notesp. 59
Skepticism in Theory and Practice: Justification and Truth, Rationality and Goodnessp. 66
Notesp. 84
Ethical Concepts and Moral Realismp. 91
Moral Epistemology and the Supervenience of Ethical Conceptsp. 93
Notesp. 107
Ethical Naturalism and the Explanatory Power of Moral Conceptsp. 112
Notesp. 125
Character, Responsibility, and Virtuep. 129
Self-Deception, Rationalization and the Ethics of Belief: An Essay in Moral Psychologyp. 131
Notesp. 154
Responsible Action and Virtuous Characterp. 157
Notesp. 170
Acting from Virtuep. 174
Notesp. 189
Practical Reason and the Foundations of Ethicsp. 193
Autonomy, Reason, and Desirep. 195
Notesp. 213
Moral Judgment and Reasons for Actionp. 217
Notesp. 242
Intrinsic Value and the Dignity of Personsp. 248
Notesp. 271
Conclusion: The Moral Justification. of Actions and the Ethical Character of Personsp. 276
Notesp. 296
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780195114683
ISBN-10: 019511468X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.6

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