Ethics: Essential Readings in Moral Theory by George Sher

By George Sher

Ethics: crucial Readings in ethical conception is a phenomenal anthology of crucial subject matters, theories and debates in ethics, compiled through one of many major specialists within the box. It comprises sixty-six extracts overlaying the principal domain names of ethics:

why be moral?
the that means of ethical language
morality and objectivity
virtue and character
value and well-being
moral psychology
applications: together with abortion, famine reduction and consent.
Included are either classical extracts from Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill, in addition to modern classics from philosophers equivalent to Thomas Nagel, Thomas Scanlon, Martha Nussbaum, Derek Parfit, and Peter Singer.

A key function of the anthology is that it covers the perennial themes in ethics in addition to very contemporary ones, comparable to ethical psychology, accountability and experimental philosophy. every one part is brought and positioned in context through the editor, making this an amazing anthology for somebody learning ethics or moral theory.


"This new anthology is the easiest textbook in ethical conception through a long way. the choices are a really apt mix of the vintage and the hot, conscientiously and assuredly edited." - David McNaughton, Florida country college, USA

"The textual content is definitely based and the readings good selected: they're vital, fascinating, assorted, renowned and updated. The ebook serves as a very good illustration of crucial paintings in analytic ethical philosophy." - Helena de Bres, Wellesley university, USA

"These readings have essentially been chosen with nice care, and Sher's introductions offer simply the correct quantity of steerage and narrative coherence. the result's an impressively wide-ranging but student-friendly textbook, the best ethics anthologies out there." - Neal Tognazzini, collage of William and Mary, USA


Introduction George Sher half 1: Why be ethical?
1. the hoop of Gyges Plato
2. mental Egoism Joel Feinberg
3. Morality and Self-Interest Thomas Hobbes
4. Morality and virtue David Gauthier
5. decisions from The resources of Normativity Christine Korsgaard
6. Morality as a procedure of Hypothetical Imperatives Philippa Foot
7. ethical Rationalism Russ Shafer-Landau

Part 2: The Meaing of ethical Language
8. Morality and traditional Sentiment David Hume
9. Goodness as uncomplicated and Indefinable G. E. Moore
10. The Emotive thought of Ethics A. J. Ayer eleven. choices from Ruling Passions Simon Blackburn
12. A Critique of Non-Cognitivism, choice from ethical Realism: A safeguard Russ Shafer-Landau thirteen. Euthyphro Plato
14. a brand new Divine Command thought Robert Merrihew Adams

Part three: Morality, Objectivity, and information
15. The problem of Cultural Relativism James Rachels
16. Ethics and statement Gilbert Harman
17. ethical reasons Nicholas Sturgeon
18. The Subjectivity of price J. L. Mackie
19. choices from The View from Nowhere Thomas Nagel
20. decisions from ethical Skepticisms Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
21. yet i may Be unsuitable George Sher

Part four: Normative Ethics: Consequentialism
22. Utilitarianism John Stuart Mill
23. A Critique of Utilitarianism Bernard Williams
24. Classical Utilitarianism John Rawls
25. Alienation, Consequentialism, and the calls for of Morality Peter Railton
26. Rule-Consequentialism Brad Hooker
27. Scalar Morality Alastair Norcross
28. should still the Numbers count number John Taurek

Part five: Normative Ethics: Deontology
29. Morality and Rationality Immanuel Kant
30. examining kant's foundation David Velleman
31. the appropriate to Lie: Kant on facing Evil Christine Korsgaard
32. Maria von Herbert's problem to Kant Rae Langton
33. choices from A thought of Justice John Rawls
34. Contractualism and Utilitarianism Thomas Scanlon
35. What Makes correct Acts correct W. D. Ross
36. decisions from Ethics with no ideas Jonathan Dancy

Part 6: advantage and personality
37. the character of ethical advantage Aristotle
38. Non-Relative Virtues: An Aristotelian method Martha Nussbaum
39. choice from advantage, Vice, and price Thomas Hurka
40. past Morality, decisions from past solid and Evil and The family tree of Morals Friedrich Nietzsche
41. folks, personality, and Morality Bernard Willliams
42. ethical Saints Susan Wolf
43. choice from On advantage Ethics Rosalind Hursthouse
44. choice from loss of personality John Doris

Part 7: worth and healthiness
45. excitement because the solid Jeremy Bentham
46. The event desktop Robert Nozick
47. the nice existence Epicurus
48. Goodness because the pride of proficient wish Richard Brandt
49. evidence and Values Peter Railton
50. Perfectionism, choices from Perfectionism Thomas Hurka
51. What Makes Someone's existence cross top? Derek Parfit
52. The Buck-Passing Account of worth, choice from What We Owe to one another Thomas Scanlon

Part eight: accountability and ethical Psychology
53. Freedom of the need and the idea that of someone Harry Frankfurt
54. The Genesis of disgrace David Velleman
55. Freedom and Resentment P. F. Strawson
56. accountability and the boundaries of Evil Gary Watson
57. ethical success Thomas Nagel
58. ethical accountability and Determinism: The Cognitive technology of folks Intuitions Shaun Nichols and Joshua Knobe
59. the key shaggy dog story of Kant's Soul Joshua Greene

Part nine: purposes
60. A safety of Abortion Judith Jarvis Thomson
61. backed Abortion: ethical Rights and ethical Compromise George Sher
62. Famine, Affluence, and Morality Peter Singer
63. Beneficence, responsibility, and Distance Richard Miller
64. what's wrong With Slavery R. M. Hare
65. among Consenting Adults Onora O’Neill
66. demise Thomas Nagel.

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And I do believe that you are really unconvinced by your own words. I base this belief on my knowledge of the way you live, for, if I had only your words to go by, I would not trust you. The more I trust you, however, the more I am at a loss what to do. I do not see how I can be of help; I feel myself incapable. I see a proof of this in the fact that I thought what I said to Thrasymachus showed that justice is better than injustice, but you refuse to accept this as adequate. On the other hand I do not see how I can refuse my help, for I fear it is even impious to be present when justice is being charged and to fail to come to her help as long as there is breath in one’s body and one is still able to speak.

The egoistic hedonist claims that all desires can be reduced to the single desire for one’s own pleasure. Now the word “pleasure” is ambiguous. On the one hand, it can stand for a certain indefinable, but very familiar and specific kind of sensation, or more accurately, a property of sensations; and it is generally, if not exclusively, associated with the senses. For example, certain taste sensations such as sweetness, thermal sensations of the sort derived from a hot bath or the feel of the August sun while one lies on a sandy beach, erotic sensations, olfactory sensations (say) of the fragrance of flowers or perfume, and tactual and kinesthetic sensations from a good massage, are all pleasant in this sense.

This essay is highly recommended. 22 Joel Feinberg 3 Austin Duncan-Jones, Butler’s Moral Philosophy (London: Penguin Books, 1952), p. 96. Duncan-Jones goes on to reject this argument. See p. 512f. 4 The Principles of Psychology (New York: Henry Holt, 1890), Vol. II, p. 558. 5 Lucius Garvin, A Modern Introduction to Ethics (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1953), p. 39. 6 Quoted from the Springfield (Illinois) Monitor, by F. C. Sharp in his Ethics (New York: Appleton-Century, 1928), p. 75. 7 See his Fifteen Sermons on Human Nature Preached at the Rolls Chapel (1726), especially the first and eleventh.

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