Can we trust our intuitive judgments of right and wrong? Are moral judgements objective? What reason do we have to do what is right and avoid doing what is wrong? In Conversations on Ethics, Alex Voorhoeve elicits answers to these questions from eleven outstanding philosophers and social scientists:
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The exchanges are direct, open, and sharp, and give a clear account of these thinkers' core ideas about ethics. They also provide unique insights into their intellectual development - how they became interested in ethics, and how they conceived the ideas for which they became famous.
Conversations on Ethics will engage anyone interested in moral philosophy.
Alex Voorhoeve is Senior Lecturer in philosophy at the London School of Economics. In 2008-9 he was a Fellow at Harvard University's Centre for Ethics. He has written on ideals of equality and responsibility, on well-being, and on the theory of rational choice. His articles have appeared in Philosophy & Public Affairs, Economics and Philosophy, and The Journal of Political Philosophy, among others.
Introduction ; PART I. ETHICS AND INTUITIONS ; 1. In Search of the Deep Structure of Morality ; 2. Each of Us Is Just One Among Others ; 3. Can We Trust Our Intuitions? ; PART II. VIRTUE AND FLOURISHING ; 4. The Grammar of Goodness ; 5. The Illusion of Self-Sufficiency ; PART III. ETHICS AND EVOLUTION ; 6. The Origin of Fairness ; 7. A Pragmatic Justification of Morality ; PART IV. UNITY AND DISSENT ; 8. The Kingdom of Ends on the Cheap ; 9. A Mistrustful Animal ; PART V. LOVE AND MORALITY ; 10. The Necessity of Love ; 11. Really Seeing Another