The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics (Oxford Handbooks)

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics (Oxford Handbooks)

By: Roger Crisp (editor)Hardback

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Philosophical ethics consists in the human endeavour to answer rationally the fundamental question of how we should live. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics explores the history of philosophical ethics in the western tradition from Homer until the present day. It provides a broad overview of the views of many of the main thinkers, schools, and periods, and includes in addition essays on topics such as autonomy and impartiality. The authors are international leaders in their field, and use their expertise and specialist knowledge to illuminate the relevance of their work to discussions in contemporary ethics. The essays are specially written for this volume, and in each case introduce the reader to the main lines of interpretation and criticism that have arisen in the professional history of philosophy over the past two or three decades.

About Author

Roger Crisp is Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Anne's College, Oxford, and Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He was trained in classics and philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he has spent all of his academic career except for the academic year 2010-11, when he was Findlay Visiting Professor at Boston University. He is an associate editor of Ethics, and a member of the Analysis Committee. He is currently working on a book on Henry Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics.


Preface ; List of Contributors ; 1. Homeric Ethics ; 2. Plato's Ethics ; 3. Aristotle's Ethics ; 4. Epicurus: Freedom, Death, and Hedonism ; 5. Cynicism and Stoicism ; 6. Ancient Scepticism ; 7. Platonic Ethics in Later Antiquity ; 8. Thomism ; 9. The Franciscans ; 10. Later Christian Ethics ; 11. Nature, Law, and Natural Law ; 12. Seventeenth Century Moral Philosophy: Self-Help, Self-Knowledge, and the Devil's Mountain ; 13. Rousseau and Ethics ; 14. Utilitarianism: Bentham and Rashdall ; 15. Rationalism ; 16. Rational Intuitionism ; 17. Moral Sense and Sentimentalism ; 18. Butler's Ethics ; 19. Hume's Place in the History of Ethics ; 20. Adam Smith ; 21. Kant's Moral Philosophy ; 22. Kantian Ethics ; 23. Post-Kantianism ; 24. Hegel and Marx ; 25. J. S. Mill ; 26. Sidgwick ; 27. British Idealist Ethics ; 28. Ethics in the Analytic Tradition ; 29. Free Will ; 30. Emotion and the Emotions ; 31. Happiness, Suffering, and Death ; 32. Autonomy ; 33. Egoism, Partiality, and Impartiality ; 34. Conscience, Guilt, and Shame ; 35. Moral Psychology and Virtue ; 36. Justice, Equality, and Rights ; 37. Styles of Moral Relativism: A Critical Family Tree ; 38. Moral Metaphysics ; 39. Constructing Practical Ethics ; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780199545971
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 914
  • ID: 9780199545971
  • weight: 1561
  • ISBN10: 0199545979

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