Autonomy and Self-Respect

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Autonomy and Self-Respect

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  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521397728
  • DDC分類 179.9

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This stimulating collection of essays in ethics eschews the simple exposition and refinement of abstract theories. Rather, the author focuses on everyday moral issues, often neglected by philosophers, and explores the deeper theoretical questions which they raise. Such issues are: is it wrong to tell a lie to protect someone from a painful truth? Should one commit a lesser evil to prevent another from doing something worse? Can one be both autonomous and compassionate? Other topics discussed are servility, weakness of will, suicide, obligations to oneself, snobbery, and environmental concerns. A feature of the collection is the contrast of Kantian and utilitarian answers to these problems. The essays are crisply and lucidly written and will appeal to both teachers and students of philosophy.

Table of Contents

Sources and acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Servility and self-respect
2. Self-respect reconsidered
3. Autonomy and benevolent lies
4. The importance of autonomy
5. Symbolic protest and calculated silence
6. Moral purity and the lesser evil
7. Self-regarding suicide: a modified Kantian
view
8. Ideals of human excellence and preserving
natural environments
9. Weakness of will and character
10. Promises to oneself
11. Social snobbery and human dignity
12. Pains and projects: justifying to oneself
13. The message of affirmative action
Index.