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The Philosophy of Right and Wrong

1st Edition

By Bernard Mayo


180 pages

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Hardback: 9780367477233
pub: 2020-06-01
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Trying to understand morality involves grappling with seemingly irreconcilable conflicts between opposing theoretical positions. Originally published in 1986, this book offers a solution in terms of natural law, which involves reflections on the relevant aspects of human nature and the human condition, as well as on the special nature of prescriptive language. It also discusses several major movements in moral philosophy, both classical and contemporary and examines them in the light of a set of tests for an adequate moral theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Determinism 3. Naturalism and Intutionism 4. Emotivism 5. Prescriptivism 1: The Legal Model 6. Relativisim 7. Prescriptivism 2: Natural Law 8. Morals and Religion 9. Prescriptivism 3: Rational Autonomy 10. Prescriptivism 4: Objections and Replies 11. Form and Content 12. Morality and Self-Interest

About the Author

Bernard Mayo was Professor of Moral Philosophy at St Andrews University

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Ethics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy