The Elements of Ethics

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The Elements of Ethics

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 272 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781592131945
  • DDC分類 100

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George Edward Moore is among this century's most influential philosophers. Perhaps best known for his 'defense of common sense', he also made important contributions to metaphysics and theory of knowledge. But it is in ethics, and especially owing to the positions he develops in his "Principia Ethica", first published in 1903, that his ideas have had their most enduring influence. A forerunner to this famous work, "The Elements of Ethics" is a series of ten unpublished lectures that were presented by Moore, then in his mid-twenties. "The Elements" shows that "Principia Ethica" did not spring fully-formed from Moore's pen but evolved slowly over time. In these lectures, Moore begins with the same question he asks in "Principia Ethica": What is Good? Importantly, his answer is the same one he offers in Principia and many of its supporting arguments also appear, though sometimes in embryonic form. Moreover, in these lectures we also find sustained critiques of those who commit the 'naturalistic fallacy', and of John Stuart Mill's commission of it in particular. In "The Elements", however, Moore's position regarding ethics in relation to conduct differs in important respects from the one presented in Principia, and the former work contains important discussions, ranging from Christian ethics and the possibility of free will, not found in the latter. Tom Regan is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at North Carolina State University. Among his many books are "Bloomsbury's Prophet: G. E. Moore and the Development of His Moral Philosophy" (Temple) and, most recently, "The Animal Rights Debate" (with Carl Cohen).

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
Editor's Introduction xiii
Syllabus for Moore's Lectures xxxix
Moore's Introduction 1 (6)
The Subject-Matter of Ethics 7 (12)
Naturalistic Ethics, Especially the Ethics 19 (22)
of Evolution
Hedonism 41 (24)
Hedonism Continued 65 (22)
Some Main Forms of Metaphysical Ethics 87 (18)
Ethics in Relation to Conduct 105 (16)
Free Will 121 (18)
The Ethics of the Inner Life 139 (20)
Practical Applications 159 (18)
General Conclusions 177 (20)
Index 197