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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 Theory of Value and Obligation

A Theory of Value and Obligation

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robin Attfield
July 21, 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...

Respect for Persons: A Philosophical Analysis of the Moral, Political and Religious Idea of the Supreme Worth of the Individual Person

Respect for Persons: A Philosophical Analysis of the Moral, Political and Religious Idea of the Supreme Worth of the Individual Person

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robert (R. S.) Downie, Elizabeth Telfer
July 21, 2020

Originally published in 1969, this book provides a sustained examination of the idea of the individual person as of supreme worth in the language of analytical philosophy. An important contribution to debates in moral philosophy, it will be of use to students in the philosophy of religion and...

Roles and Values: An Introduction to Social Ethics

Roles and Values: An Introduction to Social Ethics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robert (R. S.) Downie
July 21, 2020

Originally published in 1971, this book provides a lucid philosophical investigation of the area in which the demands of social and political institutions impinge on individual values and responsibilities, using the concept of a social role to focus attention on the problems and tensions which are...

The Concept of Morality

The Concept of Morality

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Pratima Bowes
July 21, 2020

In this book, originally published in 1959, the author believes that general moral concepts embody conceptions of standards in accordance with which particular moral judgments proceed and these may become objects of theoretical understanding and knowledge – and hence be treated as facts in some...

Applied Philosophy: Morals and Metaphysics in Contemporary Debate

Applied Philosophy: Morals and Metaphysics in Contemporary Debate

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Brenda Almond, Donald Hill
July 21, 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...

Moral Passages: Toward a Collectivist Moral Theory

Moral Passages: Toward a Collectivist Moral Theory

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Kathryn Pyne Addelson
July 21, 2020

Originally published in 1994, asks how moral theories, whether traditional or feminist are made a reality. Using detailed examples to bring moral norms to light, the book addresses historical cases and contemporary social problems such as teen pregnancy, contraception, abortion and gay rights. Her...

Moral Scepticism and Moral Knowledge

Moral Scepticism and Moral Knowledge

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Renford Bambrough
July 21, 2020

Originally published in 1979, this book shows that a recognition of the rationality of moral judgment and moral action in no way involves us in diminishing our respect for liberty, authenticity, sincerity or integrity. It maintains that the resolution of these issues lies in recognising that the...

The Social Reality of Ethics

The Social Reality of Ethics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

John H. Barnsley
July 21, 2020

Originally published in 1972, this book clarifies ‘ethical’ concepts such as ‘values’, ‘norms’ and ‘precepts’. It begins with a discussion of the conceptual problems faced by any inquiry into moral codes. The author looks in particular at the numerous ways of specifying the ‘moral’ component in...

The Ethics of Suicide

The Ethics of Suicide

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Victor Cosculluela
July 21, 2020

Originally published in 1995, this volume addresses a topical subject: assisted suicide. The book discusses the issues surrounding the morality of suicide and in so doing clarifies the literature in applied ethics. It critiques the complex moral and religious arguments on the topic offered by...

Moral Knowledge

Moral Knowledge

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Alan H. Goldman
July 21, 2020

Originally published in 1988, this book discusses if moral knowledge exists, and if so, if it is similar to other forms of knowledge. This book approaches the issues from both historical and contemporary perspectives and in order to determine whether there is a real property of rightness, looks to...

Morality and the Bomb: An Ethical Assessment of Nuclear Deterrence

Morality and the Bomb: An Ethical Assessment of Nuclear Deterrence

1st Edition

Forthcoming

David Fisher
July 21, 2020

Originally published in 1985, this book surveys how NATO policy sought to come to terms with the revolution in thinking about war which was brought about by the advent of nuclear weapons. It also examines the logic of deterrence. The book assesses the ethical issues involved, using as a framework...

The Price of Morality

The Price of Morality

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Pepita Haezrahi
July 21, 2020

Originally published in 1961, this book defines the specific traits and describes the concrete qualities of moral action. It denotes the boundaries and discusses the conflicts which arise between the aims of moral goodness and those of pure religiosity, personal and historic grandeur and creative...

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