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Fundamentals of Ethics
by John Finnis
Are we entitled to be confident that our moral judgements can be objective? Can they express insights into aspects of reality, rather than mere feelings, tastes, desires, decisions, upbringing, or conventions? Why must we consider some of our choices to be free, and how do our free choices matter? How far should our moral judgements be based on assessments of expected cons ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 1st 1983 by Georgetown University Press
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A vigrorous defence of an Aristotelian-Thomistic conception of ethics, conceived as the the flourishing of human existence through the pursuit of life, knowledge, play, aesthetic experience, friendship, practical reasonableness and religion - the human goods. Where "religion" is understood as spirituality or ideals there is much to commend it over other conceptions of morality, but his insitence on welding it to conservative Catholicism reduces the effectiveness of his arguments. That and the di ...more