The Moral Philosophers : An Introduction to Ethics, Paperback

The Moral Philosophers : An Introduction to Ethics Paperback


The Moral Philosophers adopts a historical approach to moral philosophy, taking in chronological sequence some of the major ethical philosophers of the past.

Richard Norman introduces the thought of each figure as a coherent and comprehensive ethical theory, exploring their richness and complexity.

Each theory is critically examined and presented as an attempt to surmount some of the deficiencies of its predecessor; and through this critical process the book moves towards some concluding suggestions about the content of an acceptable ethical theory.

This new edition includes four new chapters: one on Nietzsche, and three which provide substantially extended coverage of twentieth-century moral philosophy, including discussions of contemporary utilitarianism, rights-based ethical theories, contractarian ethics and virtue ethics, and recent debates between realism and anti-realism in ethics.

The Moral Philosophers is designed for undergraduate students and the general reader, and is written in clear and non-technical language.

It is intended for use as a basic text in an introductory course on ethics, with detailed recommended reading sections at the beginning of each chapter.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, bibliography, index
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780198752165



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