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Morality and Moral Theory: A Reappraisal and Reaffirmation

Robert B. Louden

Abstract

Contemporary philosophers have grown increasingly sceptical toward both morality and moral theory. Some argue that moral theory is a radically misguided enterprise which does not illuminate moral practice, while others simply deny the value of morality in human life. This book attempts to respond to the arguments of both “anti-morality” and “anti-theory” sceptics. Part One develops and defends an alternative conception of morality. On this book's model, morality is primarily a matter of what one does to oneself, rather than what one does or does not do to others. This model eliminates the gulf ... More

Keywords: morality, moral theory, anti-morality, anti-theory sceptics, human life, human needs, agents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780195072921
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072921.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert B. Louden, author
University of Southern Maine
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