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Contemporary Debates in Moral Theory

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352 pages
Contemporary Debates in Moral Theory features pairs of newly commissioned essays by some of the leading theorists working in the field today.
  • Brings together fresh debates on the most controversial issues in moral theory
  • Questions include: Are moral requirements derived from reason? How demanding is morality? Are virtues the proper starting point for moral theorizing?
  • Lively debate format sharply defines the issues, and paves the way for further discussion.
  • Will serve as an accessible introduction to the major topics in contemporary moral theory, while also capturing the imagination of professional philosophers.
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Notes on Contributors IntroductionJames Dreier
PART I NORMATIVE THEORY
Contents
Is the Rightness of Action Determined by the Value of Consequences? 1 The Consequentialist PerspectiveWilliam Shaw 2 Against Maximizing Act ConsequentialismPeter Vallentyne 3 Reasons Without Demands: Rethinking Rightness Alastair Norcross
Can Contract Theory Ground Morality? 4 Moral Contractarianism as a Foundation for Interpersonal Morality Samuel Freeman 5 Can Contract Theory Ground Morality?Philip Pettit
Are the Virtues the Proper Starting Point for Ethical Theory? 6 Are Virtues the Proper Starting Point for Morality? Rosalind Hursthouse 7 Virtue TheoryJulia Driver
PART II REASON AND MOTIVATION
Are Moral Requirements Derived from Reason? 8 Reason, Sentiment, and Categorical Imperatives Samuel J. Kerstein 9 Must We Weep for Sentimentalism? Simon Blackburn
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Is Motivation Internal to Moral Judgment? 10 How Do Moral Judgments Motivate? Sigrún Svavarsdóttir 11 Moral MotivationR. Jay Wallace
PART III MORAL FACTS AND EXPLANATIONS
Is Morality Fully Factual? 12 Moral FactualismPeter Railton 13 Morality Without Moral Facts Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons
Do Moral Facts and Properties Explain Anything? 14 Moral Explanations Defended Nicholas L. Sturgeon 15 Moral Epistemology and the Because Constraint Nick Zangwill
Are There General Moral Principles? 16 Ethical Generality and Moral Judgment Robert Audi 17 Defending Moral Particularism Mark Norris Lance and Margaret Olivia Little
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