Originally published in 1987, this book discusses how matters of fact influence moral judgments and also how the judgments themselves influence facts. It demonstrates that ethics is a practical subject affecting our moral assessment of inter-personal behaviour and the conduct of public affairs. It is designed as in introduction to moral philosophy for first-year undergraduates and provides an excellent basis for further study as well as serving as a valuable background text for those whose primary interests are in law, politics, sociology, social history and education.
Table of Contents
1. Morality Does Matter 2. Judgments 3. Fact and Value 4. Emotivism and Prescriptivism 5. Consequentialism: Happiness and Justice 6. Intuitionism 7. Conventions of Trust and Institutional Facts 8. Benevolence: Man and Beast 9. Moral Conflict and Rational Choice 10. Secondary Principles and Social Values 11. Morality and the Law 12. Morality and Rights 13. The Morality of Politics and Politicians 14. Practical Reason: Sense and Sensibility
Jennifer Trusted was Lecturer in the Department of Continuing and Adult Education, University of Exeter.