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Moral animals : ideals and constraints in moral theory

Author: Catherine Wilson
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Moral Animals, Catherine Wilson develops a theory of morality based on two fundamental premises: first, that moral progress implies the evolution of moral ideals involving restraint and sacrifice; second, that human beings are outfitted by nature with selfish motivations, intentions, and ambitions, that place constraints on what morality can demand of them. Formative claims, she goes on to show, can be
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Wilson
ISBN: 0199267677 9780199267675
OCLC Number: 56436328
Description: xvi, 316 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Morality as a system of advantage-reducing imperatives --
Paraworlds and confirmation --
Limits on Theory I: costs to agents --
Limits on Theory II: Immanent standpoints --
The anonymity requirement and counterweight --
The division of the cooperative surplus --
The role of a merit principle in distributive justice --
Moral equality and 'natural' subordination.
Responsibility: Catherine Wilson.
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Offers a different approach to moral theory. Drawing on anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary theory, as well as philosophy of language and philosophy of science, this book shows how to  Read more...

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Wilson's book engages, in an energetic and constructive way, with many of the main theorists of moral philosophy ... It is a thoughtful and well-written book. Edward Johnson, Notre Dame Philosophical Read more...

 
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