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A theory of the good and the right

Author: Richard B Brandt
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1979.
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Brandt, Richard B.
Theory of the good and the right.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1979
(OCoLC)648565691
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard B Brandt
ISBN: 0198245505 9780198245506
OCLC Number: 4593249
Description: xiii, 362 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I --
I. THE STRATEGY OF PRACTICAL CRITICISM --
1. How to Proceed: Appeal to Linguistic Intuitions? --
2. A Reforming Definition: Rational Action and the Best Thing to Do --
3. How to Proceed: Appeal to Ethical Intuitions? --
II. WANTING AND PLEASURE --
1. Wants and Aversions (Valence) --
2. The Pleasant and the Unpleasant --
3. Some Implications --
III. THE COGNITIVE THEORY OF ACTION --
IV. THE CRITICISM OF ACTIONS --
5. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PLEASURE AND DESIRES --
1. Innate and Conditioned Dispositions to Like and Dislike --
2. Desire and Pleasant Experiences --
3. Direct Consitioning of Desires --
4. Other Basic Mechanisms? --
5. De-Conditioning --
VI. THE CRITICISM OF PLEASURES AND INTRINSIC DESIRES --
1. Some Types of 'Mistaken' Desires, Aversions, or Pleasures --
2. Rational Desires and the Concept of the Intrinsically Good --
VII. Some Rational Pleasures and Desires --
1. Desires for What is Natively Liked --
2. Pleasure and Ethical Hedonism --
3. Benevolence --
4. VIII. THE FORCE OF KNOWING WHAT IS RATIONAL --
1. The Force of Knowing what is Rational to Do (Desires Taken as They Are) --
2. The Force of Knowing What it is Rational to Want --
3. Should One Act as if One's Desires were Rational? --
Part II --
IX. THE CONCEPT OF A MORAL CODE --
1. The Nature of a Social Moral System --
2. Moral Codes and Institutional Expectations --
3. Could a Universal Moral Code be Effective? --
X. JUSTIFICATION AND THE CONCEPT OF THE MORALLY RIGHT --
1. The Justification of Moral Codes --
2. The Concept of Choice of (Tendency to Support) a Moral Code --
3. The Definition of "Morally Right' 4. A Possible Kantian Modification of the Definition --
XI. RATIONALLY PREFERRED MORAL CODES AND THE GENERAL WELFARE --
1. An Overview of the Choice Problem --
2. Types of Valenced Outcome Relevant to Support of a Moral System --
3. The Irrationality of Some Desires --
4. The Concept of a Viable Moral System --
5. Rational Choice and Utilitarianism --
XII. THREE DIFFERENT DERIVATIONS OF THE RIGHT --
1. The Ideal Observer Theory --
2. The Theory of R.M. Hare --
3. Choice Behind a Veil of Ignorance: the Theory of John Rawls --
XIII. WELFARE: THE CONCEPT, MEASUREMENT, AND INTERPRESONAL COMPARISONS --
1. The Objection to Desire THeories --
2. The Measurement of Happiness --
3. Interpersonal Comparisons of Enjoyment --
XIV. Three Monistic Moral Codes --
1. Egoism --
2. Act Utilitarianism --
3. Utilitarian Generalization --
XV. THE CONCEPT OF A PLURALISTIC WELFARE MAXIMIZING MORAL SYSTEM --
1. The Variable Features of Plural Moral Systems --
2. The Content of a Weldare-Maximizing Moral System --
3. Paradoxes for the Plural Ideal-code Utilitarian --
4. A Final Puzzle --
XVI. JUSTICE, EQUALITY, AND THE MAXIMIZATION OF WELFARE --
1. The Problem about Justice --
2. A Welfare-Maximizing Principle about Allocations of Income and Goods --
3. Why Equal Monetary Income? --
4. Why Supplements for the Ill and Handicapped? --
5. Recompense for Seervices --
XVII. IS IT ALWAYS RATIONAL TO ACT MORALLY? --
1. The Concept of Self-Interest --
2. Would a Rational Person Ever Act Morally Contrary to Self-Interest? --
REFERENCES --
INDEX.
Responsibility: Richard B. Brandt.

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