Conduct and Character Readings in Moral Theory

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 1/1/2011
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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CONDUCT AND CHARACTER is a concise anthology of readings in ethical theory that covers the major schools of thought as well as a handful of fundamental topics in ethical theory. Reading selections in the chapters provide coverage of both classical and contemporary philosophical writings, representing a spectrum of viewpoints on each theory or topic. The readings include brief introductions to assist students in identifying key ideas and have been selected and edited in order to optimize student comprehension. This collection is perfect for ethics courses that focus on theory, as well as a supplementary text for applied ethics courses. Because of short, self-contained chapters it also works very well for an ethics component in introductory philosophy courses.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Moral Theory: The Nature and Evaluation of Moral Theories
Basic Moral Concepts
The Aims of Moral Theory
The Role of Moral Principles in a Moral Theory
The Structure of a Moral Theory
Brief Summary
How to Evaluate a Moral Theory
The Myth of Gyges
Ethics by Authority
Morality is Based on God's Commands
Mark Timmons: Does Morality Depend on God's Commands?
A Defense of Ethical Relativism
The Challenge of Cultural Relativism
The Natural Law Theory
Treatise on Law
The Ethics of Natural Law
The Doctrine of Double Effect
Natural Law Theory: Some Questions
The Principle of Utility
In Defense of Utilitarianism
The Experience Machine
Utilitarianism: Act or Rule?
Kantian Ethical Theory
Morality as a System of Categorical Imperatives
Kant's Principle of Universal Law
Kant on Treating People as Ends in Themselves
On Treating People as Ends in Themselves: A Critique of Kant
Contract Theory
The Social Contract
Mark C. Murphy
Hobbe's Social Contract Theory
A Contractualist Theory of What We Owe to Each Other
Can Contract Theory Ground Morality?
Virtue Ethics
Virtue and Character
Normative Virtue Ethics
Virtue and Right
Excellence in Being for the Good
The Ethics of Care
Moral Orientation and Moral Development
An Ethic of Caring
Caring and Evil
Care Ethics and Virtue Ethics
Moral Choice without Principles
What Makes Right Actions Right?
Agonizing Decisions and Moral Pluralism
How Strong is this Obligation?
Principles or Particularism?
Brad Hooker/ Moral Particularism: Wrong and Bad
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