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The fundamentals of ethics

Author: Russ Shafer-Landau
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third EditionView all editions and formats
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"In The Fundamentals of Ethics, Third Edition, author Russ Shafer-Landau employs a uniquely engaging writing style to introduce students to the essential ideas of moral philosophy. Offering more comprehensive coverage of the good life, normative ethics, and metaethics than any other text of its kind, this book also addresses issues that are often omitted from other texts, such as the doctrine of doing and allowing,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Russ Shafer-Landau
ISBN: 9780199997237 0199997233
OCLC Number: 865179951
Description: xvii, 341 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part One. The good life --
Hedonism: its powerful appeal --
Is happiness all that matters? --
Getting what you want --
Problems for the desire theory --
Part Two. Normative ethics: doing the right thing --
Morality and religion --
Natural law --
Psychological egoism --
Ethical egoism --
Consequentialism: its nature and attractions --
Consequentialism: its difficulties --
The Kantian perspective: fairness --
The Kantian perspective: autonomy and respect --
The social contract tradition: the theory and its attractions --
The social contract tradition: problems and prospects --
Ethical pluralism and absolute moral rules --
Ethical pluralism: prima facie duties and ethical particularism --
Virtue ethics --
Feminist ethics --
Part Three. Metaethics: the status of morality --
Ethical relativism --
Moral nihilism --
Eleven arguments against moral objectivity.
Responsibility: Russ Shafer-Landau, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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"In The Fundamentals of Ethics, Third Edition, author Russ Shafer-Landau employs a uniquely engaging writing style to introduce students to the essential ideas of moral philosophy. Offering more comprehensive coverage of the good life, normative ethics, and metaethics than any other text of its kind, this book also addresses issues that are often omitted from other texts, such as the doctrine of doing and allowing, the doctrine of double effect, ethical particularism, the desire-satisfaction theory of well-being, and moral error theory. Shafer-Landau carefully reconstructs and analyzes dozens of arguments in depth, at a level that is understandable to students with no prior philosophical background."--Amazon.com.

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