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Reclaiming the History of Ethics
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The essays in this volume offer an approach to the history of moral and political philosophy that takes its inspiration from John Rawls. All the contributors are philosophers who have studied with Rawls and they offer this collection in his honour. The distinctive feature of this approach is to address substantive normative questions in moral and political philosophy through an analysis of the texts and theories of major figures in the history of the subject: Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Rousseau, Kant and Marx. By reconstructing the core of these theories in a way that is informed by contemporary theoretical concerns, the contributors show how the history of the subject is a resource for understanding present and perennial problems in moral and political philosophy. This outstanding collection will be of particular interest to historians of moral and political philosophy, historians of ideas, and political scientists.

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Review of the hardback:‘Sherman has done a wonderful job in getting us to appreciate that neither Kant’s nor Aristotle’s ethical theories fit neatly into the categories in terms of which modern moral philosophy would have us read them. her book is philosophically sophisticated, humane, and steeped in an enviable mastery of both the Kantian and the Aristotelian corpus.’

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