Ethical Theory provides a fascinating and accessible selection of the most important work in contemporary moral philosophy. Divided into two parts, the first part deals with the question of objectivity in ethics and the viability of 'moral realism.' The second part deals with philosophical theories about how we ought to live, including utilitarianism, social contract theory, rights theory, virtue theory, and the 'New Kantianism.'
The volume includes classic and contemporary articles, many of which are not otherwise readily available and includes a clearly written, substantial, and critical introduction by James Rachels which guides the beginner through the intricacies of the subject.
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