A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Ethics - 280 pages
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Widely acknowledged to be the perfect introduction to the subject, this important text presents in concise form an insightful yet exceptionally complete history of moral philosophy in the West, from the Greeks to contemporary times.
  

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Review: A Short History Of Ethics: A History Of Moral Philosophy From The Homeric Age To The Twentieth Century

User Review  - Richard Newton - Goodreads

This is an intelligent and useful overview of the development of ethics, or at least the western approach to ethics. It balances well the needs of a history of ideas and providing some useful ... Read full review

Review: A Short History Of Ethics: A History Of Moral Philosophy From The Homeric Age To The Twentieth Century

User Review  - Mark Rossiter - Goodreads

A couple of years ago I stuck “History of Ethics” into Amazon and it came back with a two-volume tome by Vernon J. Bourke. I bought it and read it, to the end, on the principle that, once you've ... Read full review

Contents

1 THE PHILOSOPHICAL POINT OF THE HISTORY OF ETHICS
1
2 THE PREPHILOSOPHICAL HISTORY OF GOOD AND THE TRANSITION TO PHILOSOPHY
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3 THE SOPHISTS AND SOCRATES
10
THE GORGIAS
18
THE REPUBLIC
23
6 POSTSCRIPT TO PLATO
34
7 ARISTOTLES ETHICS
38
8 POSTSCRIPT TO GREEK ETHICS
55
12 THE BRITISH EIGHTEENTHCENTURY ARGUMENT
101
13 THE FRENCH EIGHTEENTHCENTURY ARGUMENT
114
14 KANT
122
15 HEGEL AND MARX
128
16 KIERKEGAARD TO NIETZSCHE
138
17 REFORMERS UTILITARIANS IDEALISTS
145
18 MODERN MORAL PHILOSOPHY
159
NOTES
172

9 CHRISTIANITY
71
10 LUTHER MACHIAVELLI HOBBES AND SPINOZA
78
11 NEW VALUES
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Although he is most widely known for his book "After Virtue" (1981), with its critique of reason and ethics, Alasdair MacIntyre writes in other areas of philosophy as well, including philosophical psychology, political theory, and philosophy of religion. Born in Scotland, he was educated at Manchester, London, and Oxford universities. In 1969, he went to the United States where he has taught at Brandeis, Boston, and Vanderbilt universities. Since 1988, when he also delivered the Gifford lectures, MacIntyre has taught at the University of Notre Dame. "After Virtue" is one of the most widely discussed of all recent books on moral philosophy. It is the culmination of MacIntyre's deep engagement with the history of ethics. In it he argues that modern ethical theory, as it has developed since the seventeenth century, has been exposed by Friedrich Nietzsche as conceptually bankrupt. To find an alternative, he looks to ancient Greece and especially to Aristotle's concept of virtue. Although his critics consider this alternative to be something of an impossible dream, MacIntyre argues that it is central to a recovery of ethics.

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