What is morality? How do we define what is right and wrong? How does moral theory help us deal with ethical issues in the world around us?
This second edition provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to philosophical thinking about morality. Christopher Bennett provides the reader with accessible examples of contemporary and relevant ethical problems, before looking at the main theoretical approaches and key philosophers associated with them. Topics covered include:
life and death issues such as abortion and global poverty;
the meaning of life; whether life is sacred and which lives matter;
major moral theories such as utilitarianism, Kantian ethics and virtue ethics;
critiques of morality from Marx and Nietzsche.
What is this Thing Called Ethics? has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout, with a new final chapter on meta-ethics.
With boxed case studies, discussion questions and further reading included within each chapter this textbook is the ideal introduction to ethics for philosophy students coming to the subject for the first time.
Christopher Bennett is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, UK. His research interests include moral, political and legal philosophy. His previous publications include The Apology Ritual: A Philosophical Theory of Punishment (2008).
Introduction Part 1: Life and Death 1. Death and the Meaning of Life 2. Which Lives Count? 3. How Much Can we be Expected to do for One Another? Part 2: Three Starting Points in Moral Theory 4. Utilitarianism 5. Kantian Ethics 6. Aristotelian Virtue Ethics Part 3: Further Directions for Moral Thinking 7. Ethics and Religion 8. Morality and Contract 9. Critiques of Morality 10. Meta-ethics Conclusion Glossary of Terms Index