1st Edition

Normative Ethics

By Shelly Kagan Copyright 1998
    351 Pages
    by Routledge

    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    Providing a thorough introduction to current philosophical views on morality, Normative Ethics examines an act's rightness or wrongness in light of such factors as consequences, harm, and consent. Shelly Kagan offers a division between moral factors and theoretical foundations that reflects the actual working practices of contemporary moral philosophers.The first half of the book presents a systematic survey of the basic normative factors, focusing on controversial questions concerning the precise content of each factor, its scope and significance, and its relationship to other factors. The second half of the book then examines the competing theories about the foundations of normative ethics, theories that attempt to explain why the basic normative factors have the moral significance that they do.Intended for upper-level or graduate students of philosophy, this book should also appeal to the general reader looking for a clearly written overview of the basic principles of moral philosophy.

    Preliminaries -- Factors -- The Good -- Doing Harm -- Other Constraints -- Further Factors -- Foundations -- Teleological Foundations -- Deontological Foundations -- Suggested Readings


    Shelly Kagan