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The Rational Foundations of Ethics

1st Edition

By T. L. S. Sprigge


292 pages

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Hardback: 9780367502690
pub: 2020-07-21
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Originally published in 1988, this landmark study develops its own positive account of the nature and foundations of moral judgement, while at the same time serving as a guide to the range of views on the matter which have been given in modern western philosophy. The book addresses itself to two main questions: Can moral judgements be true or false in that fundamental sense in which a true proposition is one which describes things as they really are? Are rational methods available in ethics which can be expected to produce convergence on shared moral views on the part of those who use them intelligently?


‘I do not know of a more many-sided and…persuasive discussion of that notoriously difficult subject, pleasure. And the treatment of the clash between the moral demand to treat others as being as important as ourselves and our natural bent for our own self-fulfilment is first rate.’ Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

1. Utilitarianism 2. Intuitionism: Moore’s Ideal Utilitarianism and Ross’s Theory of Duty 3. The Attitude Theory of Ethics and Some Related Theories 4. Some Great Historical Moralists 5. Pleasure and Pain 6. Desire, Will and Moral Judgement 7. A Kind of Utilitarianism 8. Justice, Rights and Ought 9. Moral Character 10. Ethics and Metaphysics

About the Author

T. L. S. Sprigge was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Ethics

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Subject Categories

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