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Routledge Library Editions: Ethics


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Originally published between 1921 and 2003, the 48 volumes in this set cover one of the most problematic areas of moral philosophy, and one which is a key component of many undergraduate philosophy degrees. The volumes in this set include volumes on all the main areas: Applied, normative, descriptive, consequentialist and metaethics and touch on the vital issues of objectivity and subjectivity, relativism and realism, reason and feeling, necessity and freedom.

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A Modern Introduction to Moral Philosophy

A Modern Introduction to Moral Philosophy

1st Edition

By Alan Montefiore
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1958, this book shows how a systematic consideration of what exactly may be meant by calling anything ‘good’, inevitably leads on to the more general and fundamental problem of the relations between value-judgments and statements of fact. It does on to explain some of the ...

A New Basis for Moral Philosophy

A New Basis for Moral Philosophy

1st Edition

By Keekok Lee
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1985, this book establishes that moral discourse is critical, rational and objective and challenges the ideology of value irrationalism behind contemporary liberalism. The book discusses the origins of the fact/value distinction, and calls into question the thesis that ...

A Theory of Value and Obligation

A Theory of Value and Obligation

1st Edition

By Robin Attfield
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1987 and re-issued in 2020 with a new Preface, this book presents and elaborates interrelated solutions to a number of problems in moral philosophy, from the location of intrinsic value and the nature of a worthwhile life, via the limits of obligation and the nature of ...

An Adventure In Moral Philosophy

An Adventure In Moral Philosophy

1st Edition

By Warner Fite
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1926, this book develops the Socratic thesis that morality is intelligence, that morality is not a matter of standards, laws and principles but in knowing what we do – in living self-consciously. The book develops this central theme in its bearings upon logic and science, ...

An Introduction to Ethics

An Introduction to Ethics

1st Edition

By William Lillie
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1948, and reprinted in 1955 and updated in 1961, this book is a straightforward account of moral philosophy for students. It discusses comprehensively the contributions made by 20th Century moralists, both in terms of the interpretation of their predecessors and original ...

An Introduction to Ethics

An Introduction to Ethics

1st Edition

By J. D. Mabbott
July 31, 2020

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 ...

Applied Philosophy Morals and Metaphysics in Contemporary Debate

Applied Philosophy: Morals and Metaphysics in Contemporary Debate

1st Edition

Edited By Brenda Almond, Donald Hill
July 31, 2020

In bringing the concepts and methods of philosophy to bear on specific, pressing, practical concerns, applied philosophy is the modern expression of a perennial concern: to understand, in part to control, and to come to terms with the conditions in which human life is to be lived. Originally ...

Children's Rights A Philosophical Study

Children's Rights: A Philosophical Study

1st Edition

By C. A. Wringe
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1981, this book provides a detailed account of the emergence of the children’s rights movement, and analyses the concept of a right. It considers the justifications which may be sought when rights are claimed. Particular attention is given to the problem which arises when ...

Common-Sense Ethics

Common-Sense Ethics

1st Edition

By C. E. M. Joad
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1921, this book makes philosophical ethics accessible to the non-philosopher and applies them to problems of everyday life. The author maintains that morality is the rationalization of the impulse to blame and emphases the importance of impulses. He illustrates how modern ...

Common-Sense Morality and Consequentialism

Common-Sense Morality and Consequentialism

1st Edition

By Michael A. Slote
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1985 and now re-issued with a new preface, this study assesses the two major moral theories of ethical consequentialism and common-sense morality by means of mutual comparison and an attempt to elicit the implications and tendencies of each theory individually. The author ...

Death, Brain Death and Ethics

Death, Brain Death and Ethics

1st Edition

By David Lamb
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1985, this book examines the concept of death against the background of dramatic changes in medical technology. The book argues that ‘brain death’ can be precisely defined and that a biological concept of death such as ‘brain death’ can be philosophically well-grounded. It ...

Ethics and Action

Ethics and Action

1st Edition

By Peter Winch
July 31, 2020

Originally published in 1972, and now with a new Preface by Michael Campbell, this collection of essays on closely related issues in moral philosophy looks at different aspects of people’s understanding of their own and others’ actions in ethical dimensions. The book discusses the ways in which the...

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