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


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Philosophical ethics consists in the human endeavor 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 the 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.

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List of Contributors

1. Homeric Ethics, Roger Crisp

2. Plato's Ethics, Nicholas White

3. Aristotle's Ethics, Paula Gottlieb

4. Epicurus: Freedom, Death, and Hedonism, Phillip Mitsis

5. Cynicism and Stoicism, Christopher Gill

6. Ancient Scepticism, Richard Bett

7. Platonic Ethics in Later Antiquity, Lloyd P. Gerson

8. Thomism, Colleen McCluskey

9. The Franciscans, Thomas Williams

10. Later Christian Ethics, T. H. Irwin

11. Nature, Law, and Natural Law, T. H. Irwin

12. Seventeenth Century Moral Philosophy: Self-Help, Self-Knowledge, and the Devil's Mountain, Aaron Garrett

13. Rousseau and Ethics, Christopher Bertram

14. Utilitarianism: Bentham and Rashdall, Robert Shaver

15. Rationalism, Maria Rosa Antognazza

16. Rational Intuitionism, Philip Stratton-Lake

17. Moral Sense and Sentimentalism, Julia Driver

18. Butler's Ethics, David McNaughton

19. Hume's Place in the History of Ethics, Annette Baier

20. Adam Smith, James Otteson

21. Kant's Moral Philosophy, Andrews Reath

22. Kantian Ethics, Otfried Hoffe

23. Post-Kantianism, Raymond Geuss

24. Hegel and Marx, Terry Pinkard

25. J. S. Mill, Henry R. West

26. Sidgwick, Bart Schultz

27. British Idealist Ethics, W. J. Mander

28. Ethics in the Analytic Tradition, John Deigh

29. Free Will, Derk Pereboom

30. Emotion and the Emotions, Susan Sauve Meyer and Adrienne M. Martin

31. Happiness, Suffering, and Death, Richard Kraut

32. Autonomy, John Christman

33. Egoism, Partiality, and Impartiality, Brad Hooker

34. Conscience, Guilt, and Shame, John Cottingham

35. Moral Psychology and Virtue, Nancy Sherman

36. Justice, Equality, and Rights, John Tasioulas

37. Styles of Moral Relativism: A Critical Family Tree, Miranda Fricker

38. Moral Metaphysics, Daniel Star

39. Constructing Practical Ethics, Dale Jamieson


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Crisp, Roger
Oxford University Press, USA
Philosophy | Ethics
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
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