These thirteen new, specially written essays by a distinguished international line-up of contributors, including some leading contemporary moral philosophers, give a rich and varied view of current work on ethics and practical reason. The three main perspectives on the topic, Kantian, Humean, and Aristotelian, are all well represented. Issues covered include: the connection between reason and motivation; the source of moral reasons and their relation to reasons of
self-interest; the relation of practical reason to value, to freedom, to responsibility, and to feelings. The editors' introduction provides a valuable introductory survey of the topic, putting the individual essays in context. Ethics and Practical Reason will be essential reading for scholars,
postgraduates, and upper-level undergraduates working in this area.
Introduction ; Deciding how to Decide ; On the Hypothetical and Non-Hypothetical in Reasoning about Action ; Humean Doubts about the Practical Justification of Morality ; Practical Theory ; Moral Judgement and Reasons for Action ; The Structure of Practical Reason ; Practical Reason Divided: Aquinas and his Critics ; The Normativity of Instrumental Reason ; Kantian Rationalism: Inescapibility, Authority, and Supremacy ; A Theory of Freedom and Responsibility ; Reason and Responsibility ; Reasons and Reason ; The Amoralist ; Bibliography. Index.