The Fundamentals of Ethics

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OUP USA, Nov 5, 2009 - Philosophy - 368 pages
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In The Fundamentals of Ethics, author Russ Shafer-Landau employs a uniquely engaging writing style to introduce students to the essential ideas of moral philosophy. Offering more comprehensive coverage of the good life, normative ethics, and metaethics than any other text of its kind, this book also addresses issues that are often omitted from other texts, such as the doctrine of doing and allowing, the doctrine of double effect, ethical particularism, the desire-satisfaction theory of well-being, and moral error theory. Shafer-Landau carefully reconstructs and analyzes dozens of arguments in depth, at a level that is understandable to students with no prior philosophical background. Ideal for courses in introductory ethics and contemporary moral problems, this book can be used as a stand-alone text or with the author's companion reader, The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems, which offers original readings exploring the topics covered in The Fundamentals of Ethics.

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User Review  - Michelle Johnson - Goodreads

An excellent introduction to some of the popular ethical theories. Many readers who are already knowledgable in these theories seem to criticize Shafer-Landau's simplification of the subject, but it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rui Carlos da Cunha - Goodreads

Reading over the reviews of those who dislike this book and yet offer no other books on ethics as ones they favor makes me wonder why people waste their breath and time to complain about a book they ... Read full review


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Russ Shafer-Landau received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he focuses on ethical theory and philosophy of the law. He is the author of The Fundamentals of Ethics; Moral Realism: A Defence; and Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? He also serves as series editor for Oxford Studies in Metaethics.

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