The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics

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Roger Crisp
OUP Oxford, Jan 31, 2013 - Philosophy - 920 pages
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Philosophical ethics consists in the human endeavour 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.
 

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Contents

1 Homeric Ethics
1
2 Platos Ethics
21
3 Aristotles Ethics
44
Freedom Death and Hedonism
73
5 Cynicism and Stoicism
93
6 Ancient Scepticism
112
7 Platonic Ethics in Later Antiquity
129
8 Thomism
147
22 Kantian Ethics
465
23 PostKantianism
483
24 Hegel and Marx
505
25 J S Mill
527
26 Sidgwick
544
27 British Idealist Ethics
564
28 Ethics in the Analytic Tradition
581
29 Free Will
609

9 The Franciscans
167
10 Later Christian Ethics
184
11 Nature Law and Natural Law
206
SelfHelp SelfKnowledge and the Devils Mountain
229
13 Rousseau and Ethics
280
Bentham and Rashdall
292
15 Rationalism
312
16 Rational Intuitionism
337
17 Moral Sense and Sentimentalism
358
18 Butlers Ethics
377
19 Humes Place in the History of Ethics
399
20 Adam Smith
421
21 Kants Moral Philosophy
443
30 Emotion and the Emotions
638
31 Happiness Suffering and Death
672
32 Autonomy
691
33 Egoism Partiality and Impartiality
710
34 Conscience Guilt and Shame
729
35 Moral Psychology and Virtue
744
36 Justice Equality and Rights
768
A Critical Family Tree
793
38 Moral Metaphysics
818
39 Constructing Practical Ethics
843
Index
867
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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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