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An Introduction to Ethics

1st Edition

By J. D. Mabbott


148 pages

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Hardback: 9780367509149
pub: 2020-07-21
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Originally published in 1966, this introduction to moral philosophy examines the philosophical basis of moral problems and considers some of the crucial arguments that attempt to define or dispense with a moral justification of events. Some of the questions discussed are whether moral rules are justified and whether there is any positive evidence that man has free will.


‘Very clearly, succinctly and freshly written and illustrations are scattered liberally through all its more difficult passages…’ Cambridge Review

‘Clarity and racy style unusual in such books characterize An Introduction to Ethics which is address to those who have read no philosophy and who propose starting a study of philosophy with ethics.’ THES

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Pleasure Utilitarianism 3. Ideal Utilitarianism 4. Moral Rules 5. Right, Ought, and Duty 6. The Duty to Think 7. Variations in Moral Belief 8. The Emotive theory 9. Subjectivism and Objectivism 10. Freedom of Choice 11. Punishment 12. Rights and Duties 13. Conclusion

About the Author

J. D. Mabbott was President of St. John's College, Oxford.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Ethics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy