The Dimensions of Ethics: An Introduction to Ethical Theory

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Broadview Press, Mar 27, 2003 - Philosophy - 256 pages
The Dimensions of Ethics offers a concise but wide-ranging introduction to moral philosophy. In clear and engaging fashion, the author first examines the scope of ethical theory, and explores central metaethical questions such as the issue of relativism, and the relationship between morality and religion. He then turns to an exploration of five theoretical approaches (utilitarianism, the deontological approach of Kant, the ethical pluralism of Ross, virtue ethics, and feminist ethics), in each case providing a consideration of various objections that have been advanced as well as a sympathetic exposition of the core principles of each approach. Throughout he uses a wide range of examples, and integrates references to issues in applied ethics with his discussions of ethical theory.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Two Some Basics
31
Three Its All Just Relative Or Is It?
65
Divine Command
95
Five The Social Contract Theory of Morality
121
Six Utilitarianism
145
Seven The Deontological Ethics of Immanuel
173
Eight The Ethical Pluralism of W D Ross
189
Nine The Virtue Ethics of Aristotle
201
Ten Feminist Ethics
223
Index
247
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Wilfrid J. Waluchow is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at McMaster University. His many other works include Inclusive Legal Positivism (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Well and Good: A Case Study Approach to Biomedical Ethics (Broadview Press, 3/e 1998).

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