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Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy Theoretical Approaches and Emerging Challenges

Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy: Theoretical Approaches and Emerging Challenges

1st Edition

Derek Matravers, Anik Waldow
October 22, 2018

Empathy—our capacity to cognitively or affectively connect with other people’s thoughts and feelings—is a concept whose definition and meaning varies widely within philosophy and other disciplines. Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy advances research on the nature and function of empathy by ...

Kant and Parfit The Groundwork of Morals

Kant and Parfit: The Groundwork of Morals

1st Edition

Husain Sarkar
September 17, 2018

Derek Parfit’s On What Matters is widely recognized as elegant, profound, and destined to change the landscape of moral philosophy. In Volume One, Parfit argues that the distinct—indeed, powerfully conflicting—theories of deontology and contractualism can be woven together in a way so as to yield ...

Environmental Skill Motivation, Knowledge, and the Possibility of a Non-Romantic Environmental Ethics

Environmental Skill: Motivation, Knowledge, and the Possibility of a Non-Romantic Environmental Ethics

1st Edition

Mark Coeckelbergh
August 14, 2018

Today it is widely recognized that we face urgent and serious environmental problems and we know much about them, yet we do very little. What explains this lack of motivation and change? Why is it so hard to change our lives? This book addresses this question by means of a philosophical inquiry ...

Moral Responsibility and the Problem of Many Hands

Moral Responsibility and the Problem of Many Hands

1st Edition

Ibo van de Poel, Lambèr Royakkers, Sjoerd D. Zwart
August 14, 2018

When many people are involved in an activity, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to pinpoint who is morally responsible for what, a phenomenon known as the ‘problem of many hands.’ This term is increasingly used to describe problems with attributing individual responsibility in collective ...

Moral Evil in Practical Ethics

Moral Evil in Practical Ethics

1st Edition

Shlomit Harrosh, Roger Crisp
July 11, 2018

The concept of evil is one of the most powerful in our moral vocabulary, and is commonly used today in both religious and secular spheres to condemn ideas, people, their actions, and much else besides. Yet appeals to evil in public debate have often deepened existing conflicts, through corruption ...

The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species

The Intrinsic Value of Endangered Species

1st Edition

Ian A. Smith
June 14, 2018

Why save endangered species without clear aesthetic, economic, or ecosystemic value? This book takes on this challenging question through an account of the intrinsic goods of species. Ian A. Smith argues that a species’ intrinsic value stems from its ability to flourish—its organisms continuing to ...

The Limits of Moral Obligation Moral Demandingness and Ought Implies Can

The Limits of Moral Obligation: Moral Demandingness and Ought Implies Can

1st Edition

Marcel van Ackeren, Michael Kühler
June 14, 2018

This volume responds to the growing interest in finding explanations for why moral claims may lose their validity based on what they ask of their addressees. Two main ideas relate to that question: the moral demandingness objection and the principle "ought implies can." Though both of these ideas ...

Moral Reality and the Empirical Sciences

Moral Reality and the Empirical Sciences

1st Edition

Thomas Pölzler
May 02, 2018

Are there objective moral truths (things that are morally right or wrong independently of what anybody thinks about them)? To answer this question more and more scholars have recently begun to appeal to evidence from scientific disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, biology, and anthropology...

Ethics and Self-Cultivation Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Ethics and Self-Cultivation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

1st Edition

Matthew Dennis, Sander Werkhoven
March 21, 2018

The aim of Ethics and Self-Cultivation is to establish and explore a new ‘cultivation of the self’ strand within contemporary moral philosophy. Although the revival of virtue ethics has helped reintroduce the eudaimonic tradition into mainstream philosophical debates, it has by and large been ...

Determined by Reasons A Competence Account of Acting for a Normative Reason

Determined by Reasons: A Competence Account of Acting for a Normative Reason

1st Edition

Susanne Mantel
March 05, 2018

This book offers a new account of what it is to act for a normative reason. The first part of the book introduces some popular ideas and problems concerning causal and dispositional approaches of acting for reasons. The author argues that the dispositional approach should take a certain form that ...

Developing Moral Sensitivity

Developing Moral Sensitivity

1st Edition

Deborah Mower, Wade L. Robison, Phyllis Vandenberg
February 12, 2018

Moral sensitivity affects whether and how we see others, note moral concerns, respond with delicacy, and navigate complex social interactions. Scholars from a variety of fields explore the concept of moral sensitivity and how it develops, beginning with a natural moral capacity for sensitivity ...

Explaining Right and Wrong A New Moral Pluralism and Its Implications

Explaining Right and Wrong: A New Moral Pluralism and Its Implications

1st Edition

Benjamin Sachs
December 05, 2017

Explaining Right and Wrong aims to shake the foundations of contemporary ethics by showing that moral philosophers have been deploying a mistaken methodology in their efforts to figure out the truth about what we morally ought to do. Benjamin Sachs argues that moral theorizing makes sense only if ...

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