9780130978400

The Story of Ethics Fulfilling Our Human Nature

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  • ISBN13:

    9780130978400

  • ISBN10:

    013097840X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/28/2002
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

This book provides readers with an excellent introduction to the history of ethics. The authors examine the ethical philosophies of prominent Western thinkersfrom the ancients through the twentieth centurywithin the context of their views of human nature and human fulfillment. They do so in a way that is both accessible and engaging without sacrificing the profundity of the issues raised.A five-part organization covers the Homeric tradition, the Sophists, Plato, Aristotle, Christianity, Neoplatonism, Augustine, the Euthyphro problem, revolutions and reformations, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Mary Wollstonecraft, Hegelianism and Materialism, Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, Soren Kierkegaard, Darwinism, Friedrich Nietzsche, G. E. Moore, A.J. Ayer, Jean-Paul Sartre, Elizabeth Anscombe, John Rawls, Alasdair MacIntyre, Carol Gilligan, Richard Rorty, and a conclusion about human nature, morality & fulfillment.For individuals who want to better formulate their own answers and frame their own decisions, both large and small, within the all important context of what it means to flourish as a human being.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction 1(4)
The Ancient World
5(26)
Introduction
5(1)
The Homeric Tradition
6(1)
The Sophists
7(4)
Socrates
11(2)
Plato
13(10)
Aristotle
23(6)
Conclusion
29(1)
Suggested Readings
30(1)
The Medieval World
31(20)
Introduction
31(1)
Christianity
32(2)
The Stoic Influence
34(3)
Neoplatonism
37(1)
Augustine
38(5)
The Euthyphro Problem
43(1)
Thomas Aquinas
44(4)
Summary and Conclusions
48(1)
Suggested Readings
49(2)
The Modern World
51(28)
Introduction
51(1)
Revolutions and Reformations
52(2)
Thomas Hobbes
54(7)
David Hume
61(5)
Immanuel Kant
66(6)
Mary Wollstonecraft
72(5)
Conclusion
77(1)
Suggested Readings
78(1)
The Late Modern World
79(26)
Introduction
79(1)
Hegelianism and Materialism
80(1)
Karl Marx
81(4)
John Stuart Mill
85(6)
Kierkegaard
91(4)
Darwinism
95(2)
Friedrich Nietzche
97(6)
Conclusion
103(1)
Suggested Readings
103(2)
The Postmodern World
105(54)
Introduction
105(2)
G. E. Moore
107(3)
A. J. Ayer
110(3)
Jean-Paul Sartre
113(4)
Elizabeth Anscombe
117(2)
John Rawls
119(5)
R. M. Hare
124(8)
Alasdair MacInryre
132(7)
Carol Gilligan
139(7)
Richard Rorty
146(10)
Human Nature, Human Morality, Human Fulfillment?
156(2)
Suggested Readings
158(1)
Index 159

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