Russell on Ethics: Selections from the Writings of Bertrand Russell

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 257 pages
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Russell on Ethics presents a coherent and comprehensive collection of Russell's ethical writings, drawing on a wide range of his publications on ethical concerns, many of which have been difficult to access by students and general readers. Charles Pigden provides an accessible introduction to the papers, situating them within the field of ethics as a whole and detailed annotations on the papers themselves, analysing their arguments and exploring their relevance to current concerns. Russell on Ethics represents a valuable insight into Russell as an ethicist, which will be useful to both specialist and non-specialist alike.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I
3
the prePrinctpia writings
25
Greek exercises
27
On the foundations of ethics
31
The relation of what ought to be to what is has been or will be
37
The relation of rule and end
41
On the definition of virtue
44
On scientific method in philosophy
105
a rejoinder to Professor
111
Is there an absolute good?
119
What I believe
125
Science and ethics
131
Reply to criticisms
145
A compromise solution?
151
Last perplexities
164

The ethical bearings of psychogony
48
Ethical axioms
53
Cleopatra or Maggie Tulliver?
57
Are all desires equally moral?
68
Is ethics a branch of empirical psychology?
71
Seems Madam? Nay it is
79
Was the world good before the sixth day?
87
The meaning of good
95
The development of morals
177
What is morality?
184
A Russian communist philosopher
194
Power and moral codes
204
Spinoza and the ethic of impersonal
223
Bibliography
236
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About the author (1999)

Charles Pidgin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the author of a number of papers on Bertrand Russell and on meta-ethics generally, including the chapter 'Naturalism' in Peter Singer's prize winning A Companion to Ethics(Oxford 1991)

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