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Morality, Utilitarianism, and Rights - Richard B. Brandt

Morality, Utilitarianism, and Rights

Paperback Published: 9th November 1992
ISBN: 9780521425278
Number Of Pages: 404

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Richard Brandt is one of the most eminent and influential of contemporary moral philosophers. His work has been concerned with how to justify what is good or right not by reliance on intuitions or theories about what moral words mean but by the explanation of moral psychology and the description of what it is to value something, or to think it immoral. His approach thus stands in marked contrast to the influential theories of John Rawls. The essays reprinted in this collection span a period of almost 30 years and include many classic pieces in metaethical and normative ethical theory. The collection is aimed at both those moral philosophers familiar with Brandt's work and at those philosophers who may be largely unfamiliar with his work. The latter group will be struck by the lucid unpretentious style and the cumulative weight of Brandt's contributions to topics that remain at the forefront of moral philosophy.

Introductory comments
Metaethical Preliminaries
Moral philosophy and the analysis of language
Rational desires
The explanation of moral language
Morality and its critics
Rationality, egoism, and morrality
Normative Ethics: Utilitarianism
Some merits of one form of rule - utilitarianism
Fairness to indirect optimific theories in ethics
Two concepts of utility
Utilitarianism and Rights
The concepts of a moral right and its function
Utilitarianism and moral rights
Determinism, Excuses, and Character
A utilitarian theory of excuses
A motivational theory of excuses in the criminal law
Traits of character: a conceptual analysis
The structure of virtue
Implications of Utilitarian Theory
The morality and rationality of suicide
Utilitarianism and the rules of war
Public policy and life and death decisions regarding defective newborns
Utilitarianism and welfare legislation
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ISBN: 9780521425278
ISBN-10: 0521425271
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 9th November 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.55  x 2.64
Weight (kg): 0.61

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