Moral Theory: An Introduction explores some of the most historically important and currently debated moral theories about the nature of the right and good. Providing an introduction to moral theory that explains and critically examines the theories of such classical moral philosophers as Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Bentham, Mill, and Ross, this book acquaints students with the work of contemporary moral philosophers. All of the book's chapters have been revised in light of recent work in moral theory. The second edition includes a new chapter on ethical egoism, an extensively revised chapter on moral particularism, and expanded coverage of divine command theory, moral relativism, and consequentialism. Additionally, this edition discusses recent work by moral psychologists that is making an impact on moral theory.
Mark Timmons is professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona. He has published extensively on topics in moral theory, metaethics, and Kant's ethics. He is author of Morality without Foundations (1999) and editor of Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics.
Preface Chapter 1. An Introduction to Moral Theory Chapter 2. Divine Command Theory Chapter 3. Moral Relativism Chapter 4. Natural Law Theory Chapter 5. Consequentialism 1: Classical Utilitarianism Chapter 6. Consequentialism 2: Contemporary Developments Chapter 7. Ethical Egoism Chapter 8. Kant's Moral Theory Chapter 9. Moral Pluralism Chapter 10. Virtue Ethics Chapter 11. Moral Particularism Chapter 12. Conclusion Appendix: Standards for Evaluating Moral Theories Glossary References Index About the Author