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Morality and Action : Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature, and Instit - Warren Quinn

Morality and Action

Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature, and Instit

Hardcover Published: 11th December 2003
ISBN: 9780521441643
Number Of Pages: 272

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Warren Quinn was widely regarded as a moral philosopher of remarkable talent. This collection of his most important contributions to moral philosophy and the philosophy of action has been edited for publication by Philippa Foot. Quinn laid out the foundations for an anti-utilitarian moral philosophy that was critical of much contemporary work in ethics, such as the anti-realism of Gilbert Harman and the neo-subjectivism of Bernard Williams. Quinn's own distinctive moral theory is developed in the discussion of substantial, practical moral issues. For example, there are important pieces here on the permissibility of abortion, the justification (if any) of punishing criminals when no particular good seems likely to result, and on the distinction between killing and allowing to die, a distinction crucial to the subject of euthanasia and other topics in medical ethics. The volume would be ideally suited to upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on the foundations of ethics.

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"Quinn's writings were always the product of lengthy reflection and great care and precision in argument: they are intellectually packed and elegantly written. And they make distinctive contributions at three different levels of moral philosophy: metaethics, moral theory, and applied ethics...I use most of these essays in my own teaching, and they are standard references for those working in the field. Putting them together would create a book of lasting value, which displayed the range and insight of an outstanding moral philosopher." Thomas Nagel "In reading Quinn's essays, and especially these later papers, we are, I think, clearly witnessing the development of a major figure." The Philosophical Review

Moral and other realisms: some initial difficulties
Abortion: identity and loss
The right to threaten and the right to punish
Reply to Brook
Truth and explanation in ethics
Reflection and the loss of moral knowledge: Williams on objectivity
Actions, intentions, and consequences: the doctrine of doing and allowing
Actions, intentions, and consequences: the doctrine of double effect
Reply to Boyle's 'who is entitled to double effect?'
The puzzle of the self-torturer
Rationality and the human good
Putting rationality in its place
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ISBN: 9780521441643
ISBN-10: 0521441641
Series: Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature, and Instit
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 11th December 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49

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