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The Moral Philosophers : An Introduction to Ethics - Richard Norman

The Moral Philosophers

An Introduction to Ethics

Paperback Published: 1st February 1998
ISBN: 9780198752165
Number Of Pages: 240

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The Moral Philosophers adopts a historical approach to moral philosophy, taking in chronological sequence some of the major ethical philosophers of the past. Richard Norman introduces the thought of each figure as a coherent and comprehensive ethical theory, exploring their richness and complexity. Each theory is critically examined and presented as an attempt to surmount some of the deficiencies of its predecessor; and through this critical process the book moves towards some concluding suggestions about the content of an acceptable ethical theory. This new edition includes four new chapters: one on Nietzsche, and three which provide substantially extended coverage of twentieth-century moral philosophy, including discussions of contemporary utilitarianism, rights-based ethical theories, contractarian ethics and virtue ethics, and recent debates between realism and anti-realism in ethics. The Moral Philosophers is designed for undergraduate students and the general reader, and is written in clear and non-technical language. It is intended for use as a basic text in an introductory course on ethics, with detailed recommended reading sections at the beginning of each chapter.

`The writing throughout is clear and pleasant to read. The factual information . . . is accurate; and the explanatory comments are apposite and illuminating. . . . All told, the main body of this book has a great deal to commend it.' W. D.Z Hudson, University of Exeter, Times Higher Education Supplement

1: Introduction: Ethics and its History PART I: The Ancients 2: Plato: The Health of the Personality 3: Aristotle: The Rationality of the Emotions 4: Egoism and Altruism PART II: The Moderns 5: Hume: Sympathy 6: Kant: Respect for Persons 7: Mill: The Greatest Happiness 8: Hegelian Ethics: Self-Realization 9: Nietzsche: Beyond Morality PART III: Contemporary Themes 10: Facts and Values 11: Utilitarianism and it Rivals 12: The Ethical World Index

ISBN: 9780198752165
ISBN-10: 0198752164
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st February 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised