Human Values New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The recent revival of natural law theory in modern moral philosophy has been an exciting and important development. This book brings together an international group of moral philosophers who make original contributions to the project of developing natural law ethics as a comprehensive treatment of modern ethical theory and practice.

Author Biography

DAVID S. ODERBERG is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK. He is the author of many articles in metaphysics, ethics, philosophical logic and other subjects. Among other books, he is the author of Moral Theory: A Non-Consequentialist Approach (2000) and Applied Ethics: A Non-Consequentialist Approach (2000), as well as co-editor with Jacqueline A. Laing of Human Lives: Critical Essays on Non-Consequentialist Bioethics (1997).

T.D.J CHAPPELL is currently Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee, UK. He has also taught at the universities of Oxford, East Anglia, Manchester and British Columbia, and been a Visiting Scholar in Classics at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Understanding Human Goods (1998), The Plato Reader (1996) and Aristotle and Augustine on Freedom (Macmillan, 1995). He has also edited the collection, The Philosophy of the Environment (1997) and has two forthcoming books, Reading Plato's Theaetetus and Western Philosophy: The Inescapable Self.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
'Our Natural Guide...': Conscience, 'Nature', and Moral Experiencep. 11
Basic Goods, Practical Insight, and External Reasonsp. 32
The Fact/Value Distinctionp. 52
Incommensurability and Basic Goods: A Tension in the New Natural Law Theoryp. 70
The Polymorphy of Practical Reasonp. 102
The Structure and Content of the Goodp. 127
Harming and Wronging: The Importance of Normative Contextp. 166
Law, Liberalism, and the Common Goodp. 184
'Double Effect' or Practical Wisdom?p. 217
Beyond Double Effect: Side-Effects and Bodily Harmp. 236
Intention, Foresight, and Successp. 252
Indexp. 269
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