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The Contradictions of Modern Moral Philosophy : Ethics after Wittgenstein - Paul Johnston

The Contradictions of Modern Moral Philosophy

Ethics after Wittgenstein

Hardcover Published: 7th October 1999
ISBN: 9780415208482
Number Of Pages: 196

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The Contradictions of Modern Moral Philosophy is a highly original and radical critique of contemporary moral theory. Paul Johnston demonstrates that much recent moral philosophy is confused about the fundamental issue of whether there are correct moral judgements. He shows that the standard modern approaches to ethics cannot justify - or even make much sense of - traditional moral beliefs. Applied rigorously, these approaches suggest that we should reject ethics as a set of outdated and misguided claims.
Rather than facing up to this conclusion, most recent moral philosophy consists of attempts to find some ways of preserving moral beliefs. This places a contradiction at the heart of moral philosophy. As a resilt it is often impossible to tell whether a contemporary philosopher ultimately rejects or endorses the idea of objective right and wrong.
On the basis of a Wittgenstein approach Paul Johnston puts forward an alternative account of ethics that avoids this contradiction and recognises that the central issues of ethics cannot be resolved by conceptual analysis. He then uses this account to highlight the contradictions of important contemporary moral theorists such as Bernard Williams, Alasdair MacIntyre, Thomas Nagel and Charles Taylor.

Prefacep. xi
The Contradictions of Traditional Ethicsp. 1
Believing in Right and Wrongp. 28
Reason and Moral Argumentp. 57
Modesty, Doubt and Relativismp. 85
Objectivity and the Metaphysics of Ethicsp. 113
Ethics and Modern Philosophyp. 141
Postscriptp. 169
Bibliographyp. 178
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780415208482
ISBN-10: 0415208483
Series: Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 7th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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