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The Basis Of Morality

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 048614593X
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Persuasive and humane, this classic offers Schopenhauer's fullest examination of ethical themes. A defiance of Kant's ethics of duty, it proclaims compassion as the basis of morality.


Author: J.L. Mackie
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141960094
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An insight into moral skepticism of the 20th century. The author argues that our every-day moral codes are an 'error theory' based on the presumption of moral facts which, he persuasively argues, don't exist. His refutation of such facts is based on their metaphysical 'queerness' and the observation of cultural relativity.

Morality Without Foundations

Author: Mark Timmons
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195176545
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Morality Without Foundations investigates fundamental metaethical questions about the meaning, truth, and justification of moral thought and discourse. Mark Timmons maintains that all versions of descriptivism in ethics, particularly certain accounts of moral realism, fail. He argues instead that a correct metaethical theory should embrace some version of non-descriptivism. Timmons defends what he calls "assertoric non-descriptivism" which, unlike traditional non-descriptivist views, holds that moral sentences are typically used to make genuine assertions. In defending this view, he exploits contextual semantics, providing him with the semantic flexibility to develop an irrealist account of moral discourse.Timmons goes on to support a contextualist moral epistemology, completing his overall version of contextualism in ethics. Like his foundationalist rivals, Timmons recognizes that there are moral beliefs that are epistemically basic in providing a basis for the justification of non-basic moral beliefs. Yet, he agrees with the coherentist in maintaining that there are no intrinsically justified beliefs that can serve as a single foundation for a system of moral knowledge. Timmons ultimately finds that regresses of justification of moral belief end with contextually basic beliefs--moral beliefs which, in the relevant context, are responsibly held, but in other contexts might not be suitable as regress stoppers.Timmons' novel defense of morality without foundations offers provocative reading for philosophers working in the areas of ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Yet, written with the student in mind, his lucid presentation of difficult ideas makes this book accessible to students and newcomers to the field of metaethics.

An Introduction To The Principles Of Morals And Legislation

Author: Jeremy Bentham
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486454525
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"Unabridged republication of the edition published by Oxford at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, in 1907. It in turn was a reprint of 'A new edition, corrected by the author,' published in 1823. The work originally appeared in 1780"--Title page vers

Fundamental Principles Of The Metaphysics Of Morals

Author: Immanuel Kant
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486112497
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What is morally permissible, and what is morally obligatory? These questions form the core of a vast amount of philosophical reasoning. Kant proposes the answers with the Categorical Imperative, his best-known contribution to ethics.

The Poverty Of Television

Author: Jonathan Corpus Ong
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1783084448
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Based on a 20-month ethnographic study of television and audiences in class-divided Philippines, this is the first book to take a bottom-up approach in considering how people respond to images and narratives of suffering and poverty on television. The book aims to contribute to the broader project of de-Westernizing media studies and explore the tension between ethical prescription and anthropological description in the social sciences and humanities. Winner of the 2016 Philippine Social Science Council Excellence in Research Award.

The Essential Jefferson

Author: Thomas Jefferson
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486465993
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This extraordinary primer offers a superb survey of Jeffersonian thought. It features writings on political and economic philosophy, morals and religion, intellectual freedom and progress, education, secession, slavery, and more.

Philosophical Classics

Author: James M. Russell
ISBN: 9781920743895
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Philosophical classics offers the basics of what you need to know about sixty-six great philosophical books and covers philosophers from Aristotle to the present. From Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to Carl Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections, and from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet to Descartes' Medidations, this catch-all romp through both philosophy and the philosophical offers a foundation course in in the meaning of life.