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Introduction. 1. Goodness. Introduction. Introduction to Aristotle. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (extracts from Book I). Commentary on Aristotle. Introduction to Mill. J. S. Mill, Utilitarianism (extracts from Ch. 2, ?What Utilitarianism Is?). Commentary on Mill. Introduction to Foot. Philippa Foot, ?Utilitarianism and the Virtues? (extracts). Commentary on Foot. 2. Justice. Introduction. Introduction to Plato (and Socrates). Plato, Republic (extracts from Books II?IV). Commentary on Plato. Introduction to Rawls. John Rawls, A Theory of Justice (extracts from Ch.1, ?Justice as Fairness?). Commentary on Rawls. 3. Reasons for Action. Introduction. Introduction to Hume. David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature (extracts from II.III.iii, ?Of the Influencing Motives of the Will?, and III.I.i, ?Moral Distinctions Not Derived from Reason?). Commentary on Hume. Introduction to McDowell. John McDowell, ?Are Moral Requirements Hypothetical Imperatives?? (extracts). Commentary on McDowell. 4. Subjectivism and Objectivism. Introduction to the Problem. Introduction to Mackie. J. L. Mackie, Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong (extracts from Ch.1, ?The Subjectivity of Values?. Commentary on Mackie. Introduction to Nagel. Thomas Nagel, The View from Nowhere (extracts from Ch. VIII, ?Value?). Commentary on Nagel. 5. Morality and Obligation. Introduction to the Problem. Introduction to Kant. Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (extracts from Section II, ?Transition from Popular Moral Philosophy to Metaphysics of Morals?). Commentary on Kant. Introduction to Williams. Bernard Williams, Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (extracts from Ch. 10, ?Morality, the Peculiar Institution?). Commentary on Williams. 6. Boundaries of Moral Philosophy. Introduction to the Problem. Introduction to Nussbaum. Martha Nussbaum, Love?s Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature (extracts from essay 4, ?Flawed Crystals: James?s The Golden Bowl and Literature as Moral Philosophy?). Commentary on Nussbaum. Introduction to Gaita. Raimond Gaita, Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception (extracts from Ch. 4, ?Remorse and Its Lessons?). Commentary on Gaita. Further Reading. Index

About the Author

Miranda Fricker is Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck, London. She is the author of Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (2006), and co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy (2007). Samuel Guttenplan is Professor in Philosophy at Birkbeck, London. He is author of Mind?s Landscape (Blackwell Publishing, 2000), and The Languages of Logic (Second Edition, Blackwell Publishing, 1997), editor of A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind (Blackwell Publishing, 1995) and executive editor of the journal Mind & Language. His book Objects of Metaphor was published in 2005.


"Reading Ethics is a highly original and creative approach to introducing ethics which not only encourages beginners to understand and think about primary sources, but will also challenge, renew and enliven the interest of experienced philosophers and their interpretation of familiar arguments. There is simply nothing else available that introduces primary works in a way so likely to capture the interest and imagination." Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College

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