- By Shelly Kagan

Normative Ethics

  • Title: Normative Ethics
  • Author: Shelly Kagan
  • ISBN: 9780813308463
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Normative Ethics Providing a thorough introduction to current philosophical views on morality Normative Ethics examines an act s rightness or wrongness in light of such factors as consequences harm and consent Shel

    Providing a thorough introduction to current philosophical views on morality, Normative Ethics examines an act s rightness or wrongness in light of such factors as consequences, harm, and consent Shelly Kagan offers a division between moral factors and theoretical foundations that reflects the actual working practices of contemporary moral philosophers.The first half of tProviding a thorough introduction to current philosophical views on morality, Normative Ethics examines an act s rightness or wrongness in light of such factors as consequences, harm, and consent Shelly Kagan offers a division between moral factors and theoretical foundations that reflects the actual working practices of contemporary moral philosophers.The first half of the book presents a systematic survey of the basic normative factors, focusing on controversial questions concerning the precise content of each factor, its scope and significance, and its relationship to other factors The second half of the book then examines the competing theories about the foundations of normative ethics, theories that attempt to explain why the basic normative factors have the moral significance that they do.Intended for upper level or graduate students of philosophy, this book should also appeal to the general reader looking for a clearly written overview of the basic principles of moral philosophy.

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    1. Kagan's Normative Ethics is an excellent book for those interested in a contemporary introduction to ethical theory. It covers the main (and rival) approaches to moral theory based on consent, consequences, and harm. It's well worth a read if you're looking for a solid, critical overview of normative ethics. If you're interested in more advanced topics in moral philosophy consider checking out Kagan's The Limits of Morality (1991) where he challenges key assumptions of normative ethics.

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