Essays on the History of Ethics by Michael Slote

By Michael Slote

In Essays at the historical past of Ethics Michael Slote collects his essays that care for points of either historic and glossy moral idea and search to show conceptual/normative comparisons and contrasts between various perspectives. prepared in chronological order of the thinker less than dialogue, the connection among old moral conception and glossy ethical philosophy is a massive topic of numerous of the papers and, specifically, Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and/or utilitarianism characteristic centrally in (most of) the discussions.

One essay seeks to teach that there are 3 major how one can conceive the connection among human overall healthiness and advantage: one is dualistic a l. a. Kant (they are disparate notions); one is one of these reductionism established from the background of utilitarianismm; and one, now not formerly named by way of philosophers, is implicit within the technique the Stoics, Plato, and Aristotle take (in their alternative ways) to the subject of advantage and future health. Slote names this 3rd method "elevationism" and argue that it's extra promising than both reductionism or dualism.

Two of the essays are narrowly interested by Hume's ethics, and one seeks to teach that even Kant's competitors have cause to simply accept a few vital and unique Kantian rules. ultimately, the 2 final essays within the quantity speak about moral notion over the past 1/2 the 20th century and the 1st few years of the twenty-first, arguing that the care ethics of Carol Gilligan and Nel Noddings has a particular and critical contribution to make to ongoing moral theorizing--and to our realizing of the historical past of ethics as well.

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