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Ethical value.

Author: George Fadlo Hourani
Publisher: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press [1956]
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Hourani, George Fadlo.
Ethical value.
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press [1956]
(OCoLC)644556322
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Fadlo Hourani
OCLC Number: 1482893
Description: 233 pages 23 cm
Contents: I. Scope and method of the book : The aim is to analyse [analyze] philosophically concept of value, such as 'good' and 'right', in their conventional uses with reference to human conduct and character --
II. A survey of theories in ethics : A classification of theories ; Brief objections to all except a descriptive, unitary theory of the type of universal, affective, objective naturalism ; The relation of my theory to utilitarianism. --
III. Dismissal of objections to all naturalistic theories : None of the sweeping objections made by G.E. Moore and others against ethical naturalism as such is conclusive --
IV. Classification of value concepts : The interrelations of 'value', 'good', 'beauty', 'right' 'intrinsic' and 'instrumental' --
V. Intrinsic good : This concept is defined in terms of individual satisfaction --
VI. Total good : This concept is defined in terms of maximum satisfaction of everyone, combined with just distribution ; Justice is related to equality. VII. Ethical good : Good as applied to acts and will; in what sense the latter is dependent on the former. --
VIII. Definitions of 'right' and related terms : 'Right', 'duty' and 'ought' are defined in terms of maximum good; the empirical reference of these concepts; a solution ; Analysis of some supposed 'synthetic a priori' axioms of morality. --
IX. Inductive problems about 'right' : Difficulties about particular cases of right and wrong --
X. Conflicts of happiness and justice : Cases of distribution of rewards and punishments raise a difficulty about the relation of happiness and justice in the concept of 'right' ; Discussion is the difficulty. --
XI. Ethical judgments : How do we know what is right? ; The place of rules in ethical judgment. --
XII. Ethical disagreement : Problems set by apparently divergent ethical concepts in different civilizations ; The extent to which these problems can be answered by a unitary theory of ethics; illustrations concerning liberalism and socialism, communism, Japanese Shinto, Judaism, Islam, Christianity.

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