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Reasons and the Good

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In Reasons and the Good Roger Crisp answers some of the oldest questions in moral philosophy. Fundamental to ethics, he claims, is the idea of ultimate reasons for action; and he argues controversially that these reasons don't depend on moral concepts. He investigates the nature of reasons themselves, and how we come to know them. He defends a hedonistic theory of well-bei ...more
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Crisp argues that reasons for doing things are ultimately based on self interest and self well-being. he then goes on to argue that the well-being of others can also provide us with reasons to act. In the final chapter he discusses the issue of equality and comes to the conclusion that if well-being falls below a certain 'threshold' there is reason to help those people out.

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