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Author: Richard Taylor
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2000.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Taylor
ISBN: 157392752X 9781573927529
OCLC Number: 42289982
Description: 336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Background: Reason and Will --
Ethics and Human Nature --
The Importance of Our Question --
Three Traditional Answers --
The Greeks and the Idea of What Is Good --
Human Goodness and Reason --
Rationalism vs. Voluntarism --
Moral Rationalism --
Moral Voluntarism --
Nature vs. Convention --
True Morality --
What Is and What Ought to Be --
The Emergence of Ethics in Greek Philosophy --
Nature vs. Convention --
The Problem of Morality in Sophistic Philosophy --
Thrasymachus and the Will of the Strong --
Glaucon and Adiemantus --
Polus and the Rewards of Injustice --
The Issue Joined: True vs. Pragmatic Morality --
The True Morality According to Callicles --
Protagoras and the Doctrine of Pragmatis --
Protagorean Ethics --
The Socratic Questions --
The Significance of Protagoras --
Socratic Ethics --
The Character of Socrates' Thought --
Some Socratic Questions --
Vulgar vs. Philosophical Virtue --
The Involuntary Character of Wickedness --
Virtue as Knowledge --
What Power Is --
Virtue and Happiness --
Justice as a State of the Soul --
Is Justice Good for Its Own Sake? --
The Test --
Is There a True or Natural Justice? --
Hedonism, the Doctrine of Pleasure --
Moral Empiricism --
Empiricism and the Doctrine of Pleasure --
Epicurean Empiricism --
Pleasure as the Natural Good --
The Problem of Ethics --
The Cyrenaic Philosophy --
The Epicurean Modifications --
The Moderation of Desires --
The Sources of Goodness --
Justice and Duty --
The Significance of Epicurus --
A Modern Version of Hedonism --
J. S. Mill's Hedonism --
The Greatest Happiness Principle --
Duty and Motive --
The Quality of Pleasure --
The Presuppositions of Hedonism --
The Double Meanings of Pleasure and Pain --
Pleasure and Happiness --
Kantian Morality --
The Background of Kantian Morality --
The Basic Ideas of Conventional Morality --
Laws --
Justice --
Kantian Morality --
Duty and Law --
The Good Will --
The Categorical Imperative --
Rational Nature as an End --
The Significance of Kant --
Good and Evil --
Good and Evil --
Conative Beings --
Conation as the Precondition of Good and Evil --
The Emergence of Good and Evil --
The Emergence of Right and Wrong --
Right and Wrong as Relative to Rules --
The World as It Is --
The Common Good --
Conflicts of Aims --
The Nature of the Common Good --
The Moral Evaluation of Institutions --
Some Fundamental Questions Revisited --
Nature vs. Convention --
Justice --
Can Virtue Be Taught? --
Two Shortcomings --
Human Goodness --
Casuistry --
The Futility of Justifying Conduct --
Samples of Casuistry --
The Significance of These Examples --
The Function of Principles --
Judicial Casuistry --
Moralists as Lawmakers --
Judicial Decision by Persuasive Definition --
Moral and Judicial Casuistry Compared --
The Incentives of Action --
The Incentive to Justice --
The Incentive of Compassion --
The Incentive of Malice --
Egoism --
The Moral Neutrality of Egoism --
The Ugliness of Egoism --
Four Possible Incentives --
Self-Hatred as an Incentive --
The Virtue of Compassion --
Malice: The First Class of Actions --
Compassion: The Second Class of Actions --
The Significance of These Stories --
The Scope of Compassion --
Incentives and Consequences --
Compassion and Justice --
Love and Friendship --
Varieties of Love and Friendship --
Philia, or Friendship --
Friendship in Aristotelian Ethics --
Eros, or the Love of the Sexes --
Absolute Love --
Love and Aspiration --
Possessive Love --
Love as a Duty --
Love as a Blessing --
Moral Rules and Aspirations --
Love as Aspiration --
The Meaning of Life --
Meaningless Existence --
The Meaninglessness of Life --
The Meaning of Life.
Responsibility: Richard Taylor.

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