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Moral Theory: An Introduction

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What makes an action right or wrong? Why is something good or bad? How does one make moral decisions about what is right and good? These are among the main questions of ethics. This book explores some of the most historically important and currently debated moral theories about the nature of the right and good. After introducing students in the first chapter to some of the ...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published December 17th 2001)
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Leo Horovitz
Oct 31, 2013 Leo Horovitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first encounter with a scholarly treatment of ethics, having previously only read brief expositions of some central theories (mainly utilitarianism and consequentialism in general as well as divine command theories in the context of the religion/atheism debate). I have no further knowledge of the issues it's hard for me to evaluate the fairness of the book's treatment of the various theories, but as an introduction it seems to fare pretty well. Each chapter deals with a certain moral ...more
Paul
Apr 15, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it
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This book offers a very good presentation of various moral theories and concludes that all such theories, boiled down, turn into a version of limited moral pluralism. This is because of the complexity of ordinary moral thought and discourse. There is also no one fixed moral principle, or principles, that can yield determinative results on matters of moral importance. So a "moral judgment" is required to adjudicate moral dilemmas, or competition between conflicting principles.

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Nov 25, 2015 Jake Mcatee rated it really liked it
Good scope of the moral theory buffet.
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Dr. Mark Timmons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Dr. Timmons has published extensively in the fields of ethics and epistemology.
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