Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
×
Home
An Introduction to Ethics
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 13
  • Cited by
    This book has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    2010. Books Received. Philosophy, Vol. 85, Issue. 03, p. 437.

    Li, Qin and Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly 2014. The Ethics of Creativity. p. 75.

    Nicolaides, Angelo 2014. Analyzing Nietzschean Virtue in Business Ethics. Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 41, Issue. 2, p. 187.

    Verhaeghen, Paul 2015. Good and Well: The Case for Secular Buddhist Ethics. Contemporary Buddhism, Vol. 16, Issue. 1, p. 43.

    Hannan, Jason 2016. The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. p. 1.

    Lingnau, Volker Fuchs, Florian and Dehne-Niemann, Till E. 2017. The influence of psychopathic traits on the acceptance of white-collar crime: do corporate psychopaths cook the books and misuse the news?. Journal of Business Economics, Vol. 87, Issue. 9, p. 1193.

    Kearns, Alan J. 2017. Key Concepts and Issues in Nursing Ethics. p. 15.

    Tekin, Şerife Flanagan, Owen and Graham, George 2017. Philosophical Issues in Pharmaceutics. Vol. 122, Issue. , p. 221.

    Kearns, Alan J. 2018. The teaching of ethics by religion teachers in second level schools in the Republic of Ireland. Religious Education, p. 1.

    Lee, Cassey 2018. Information Processing and Moral Problem Solving. Computational Economics,

    Rechberg, Isabel D. W. 2018. The Palgrave Handbook of Knowledge Management. p. 249.

    Mao, Zhaohui 2018. Is Xunzi a utilitarian? Revisiting a disagreement. Asian Philosophy, p. 1.

    Spiel, Katta Brulé, Emeline Frauenberger, Christopher Bailly, Gilles and Fitzpatrick, Geraldine 2018. Micro-ethics for participatory design with marginalised children. p. 1.

    ×
  • Export citation
  • Recommend to librarian
  • Recommend this book

    Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this book to your organisation's collection.

    An Introduction to Ethics
    • Online ISBN: 9780511750519
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511750519
    Please enter your name
    Please enter a valid email address
    Who would you like to send this to *
    ×
  • Buy the print book

Book description

This book examines the central questions of ethics through a study of theories of right and wrong that are found in the great ethical works of Western philosophy. It focuses on theories that continue to have a significant presence in the field. The core chapters cover egoism, the eudaimonism of Plato and Aristotle, act and rule utilitarianism, modern natural law theory, Kant's moral theory, and existentialist ethics. Readers will be introduced not only to the main ideas of each theory but to contemporary developments and defenses of those ideas. A final chapter takes up topics in meta-ethics and moral psychology. The discussions throughout draw the reader into philosophical inquiry through argument and criticism that illuminate the profundity of the questions under examination. Students will find this book to be a very helpful guide to how philosophical inquiry is undertaken as well as to what the major theories in ethics hold.

Reviews

‘This is a beautifully and elegantly written introduction to the fundamental questions of ethics. It is a comprehensive and accessible book that will be of interest to students and also to anyone reflecting about how to live a good and normatively defensible life. Highly recommended.’

John Fischer - University of California, Riverside

Refine List

Actions for selected content:

Select all | Deselect all
  • View selected items
  • Export citations
  • Download PDF (zip)
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to Dropbox
  • Send to Google Drive
  • Send content to

    To send content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about sending content to .

    To send content items to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

    Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

    Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

    Please be advised that item(s) you selected are not available.
    You are about to send
    ×

Save Search

You can save your searches here and later view and run them again in "My saved searches".

Please provide a title, maximum of 40 characters.
×

Contents

Works cited
Suggested further readings
Aquinas, Thomas. Summa Theologica.
, Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics.
Bentham, Jeremy. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation.
Butler, Joseph. Fifteen Sermons Preached at the Rolls Chapel.
Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, O'Brien, J., trans. (New York: Vintage Books, 1955).
Carroll, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass (and What Alice Saw There).
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Notes from Underground/The Double, Coulson, J., trans. (Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, 1972).
, Epicurus. “Principle Doctrines.”
Forster, E. M. Two Cheers for Democracy (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1951).
Grotius, Hugo. On the Law of War and Peace, Kelsey, F. W, trans. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1925).
Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan.
Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature.
James, William. The Principles of Psychology, 2 vols. (1890; reprinted New York: Dover Publications, 1950).
Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Practical Reason, Beck, L. W., trans. (Indianapolis, Ind.: Bobbs-Merrill, 1956).
Kant, Immanuel. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Paton, H. J., trans. (New York: Harper & Row, 1964).
Mill, John Stuart. Utilitarianism.
Moore, G. E.Principia Ethica (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903).
, Plato. Republic.
Prichard, H. A.Does Moral Philosophy Rest on a Mistake?Mind 21 (1912): 21–37.
Sartre, Jean-Paul. “L'existentialisme est un humanisme”; reprinted as “Existentialism Is a Humanism,” Mairet, Philip, trans., in Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre, Kaufmann, Walter, ed. (Cleveland: The World Publishing Co., 1956).
Sheinwold, Alfred.5 Weeks to Winning Bridge, rev. edn. (New York: Pocket Books, 1964).
Sidgwick, Henry.The Methods of Ethics, 7th edn. (London: Macmillan and Co., 1907).
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Chapter 1
Bennett, Jonathan. “The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn,” Philosophy 49 (1974): 123–34.
Darwall, Stephen. The Second Person Standpoint (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006).
Ross, W. D.The Right and the Good (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930).
Strawson, P. F.Social Morality and Individual Ideal,” Philosophy 36 (1961): 1–17.
Chapter 2
Broad, C. D. “Egoism as a Theory of Human Motives,” Hibbert Journal 68 (1950): 105–14; reprinted in Broad's Critical Essays in Moral Philosophy, Cheney, David, ed. (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1971), pp. 247–61.
Gauther, David.Assure and Threaten,” Ethics 104 (1994): 690–721.
Kavka, Gregory.Hobbesian Moral and Political Theory (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1986).
Sidgwick, Henry. “Egoism,” in The Methods of Ethics, 7th edn. (London: Macmillan & Co., 1907), bk. II, pp. 119–95.
Sidgwick, Henry. “Pleasure and Desire,” in The Methods of Ethics, bk. I, ch. 4, pp. 39–56.
Chapter 3
Annas, Julia.Introduction to Plato's Republic (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981).
Griffin, James.Well-Being: Its Meaning, Measurement and Moral Importance (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986).
Kraut, Richard.Aristotle on the Human Good (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989).
, Plato. Gorgias.
Sachs, David.A Fallacy in Plato's Republic,” Philosophical Review 72 (1963): 141–58.
Chapter 4
Kagan, Shelly.The Limits of Morality (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989).
Lyons, David.Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965).
Parfit, Derek.Reasons and Persons (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984).
Railton, Peter.Alienation, Consequentialism, and the Demands of Morality,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 13 (1984): 134–71.
Rawls, John.Two Concepts of Rules,” Philosophical Review 64 (1955): 3–32.
Urmson, J. O.The Interpretation of the Moral Philosophy of J. S. Mill,” Philosophical Quarterly 3 (1953): 33–39.
Chapter 5
Adams, Robert M. “A Modified Divine Command Theory of Ethical Wrongness,” in Religion and Morality: A Collection of Essays, Outka, Gene and Reeder, John P., Jr., eds. (Garden City, N.J.: Anchor Press, 1973), pp. 318–47.
Herman, Barbara. “Mutual Aid and Respect for Persons,” Ethics 94 (1984): 577–602.
O'Neil, Onora. Acting on Principle: An Essay on Kantian Ethics (New York: Columbia University Press, 1975).
Ross, W. D. The Right and the Good (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930).
Schneewind, J. B.The Invention of Autonomy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).
Strawson, P. F. “Ethical Intuitionism,” Philosophy 24 (1949): 23–33.
Chapter 6
Camus, Albert. The Stranger, Gilbert, Stuart, trans. (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1946).
Hill, Thomas E., Jr. Dignity and Practical Reason in Kant's Moral Theory (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1992).
Korsgaard, Christine. “The Right to Lie: Kant on Dealing with Evil,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 15 (1986): 325–49.
Nagel, Thomas. “The Absurd,” Journal of Philosophy 68 (1971): 716–27.
Sartre, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness, Barnes, Hazel, trans. (New York: Washington Square Press, 1956).
Wood, Allen. Kant's Ethical Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Chapter 7
Anscombe, G. E. M. Intention, 2nd edn. (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1963).
Árdal, Páll S.Passion and Value in Hume's Treatise, 2nd edn. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1989).
Davidson, Donald. “Action, Reasons, and Causes,” Journal of Philosophy 60 (1963): 685–700.
Frankfurt, Harry. “Free Will and the Concept of a Person,” Journal of Philosophy 68 (1971): 5–20.
Korsgaard, Christine. “Skepticism about Practical Reason,” Journal of Philosophy 83 (1986): 5–25.
Nussbaum, Martha.The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), ch. 9.
Stocker, Michael. “Desiring the Bad,” Journal of Philosophy 76 (1979): 738–53.
Velleman, J. David. “The Guise of the Good,” Nous 26 (1992): 3–26.
Wiggins, David. “Truth, Invention, and the Meaning of Life,” Proceedings of the British Academy 62 (1976): 331–78.
Williams, Bernard. “Internal and External Reasons,” in Rational Action, Harrison, Ross, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980), pp. 17–28; reprinted in B. Williams, Moral Luck (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981), pp. 101–13.

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Book summary page views

Total views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between #date#. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed