The Fundamentals of Ethics

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OUP USA, Nov 5, 2009 - Philosophy - 368 pages
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In The Fundamentals of Ethics, author Russ Shafer-Landau employs a uniquely engaging writing style to introduce students to the essential ideas of moral philosophy. Offering more comprehensive coverage of the good life, normative ethics, and metaethics than any other text of its kind, this book also addresses issues that are often omitted from other texts, such as the doctrine of doing and allowing, the doctrine of double effect, ethical particularism, the desire-satisfaction theory of well-being, and moral error theory. Shafer-Landau carefully reconstructs and analyzes dozens of arguments in depth, at a level that is understandable to students with no prior philosophical background. Ideal for courses in introductory ethics and contemporary moral problems, this book can be used as a stand-alone text or with the author's companion reader, The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems, which offers original readings exploring the topics covered in The Fundamentals of Ethics.

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Five years after taking my undergraduate ethics course, and completely skimming over this book the first time, I finally read the whole thing as I promised myself to do, and found it to be quite a bit ... Read full review

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Five years after taking my undergraduate ethics course, and completely skimming over this book the first time, I finally read the whole thing as I promised myself to do, and found it to be quite a bit ... Read full review

Contents

Its Powerful Appeal
18
Is Happiness All That Matters?
27
Getting What You Want
38
Copyright

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Russ Shafer-Landau received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he focuses on ethical theory and philosophy of the law. He is the author of The Fundamentals of Ethics; Moral Realism: A Defence; and Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? He also serves as series editor for Oxford Studies in Metaethics.

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