Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy
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Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy by John Rawls
Book DescriptionThe premier political philosopher of his day, John Rawls, in three decades of teaching at Harvard, has had a profound influence on the way philosophical ethics is approached and understood today. This book brings together the lectures that inspired a generation of students - and a regeneration of moral philosophy. It invites readers to learn from the most noted exemplars of modern and moral philosophy with the inspired guidance of one of contemporary philosophy's most noteworthy practitioners and teachers. Central to Rawls's approach is the idea that respectful attention to the great texts of our tradition can lead to a fruitful exchange of ideas across the centuries. In this spirit, his book engages thinkers such as Leibniz, Hume, Kant and Hegel as they struggle in brilliant and instructive ways to define the role of a moral conception in human life. The lectures delineate four basic types of moral reasoning: perfectionism, utilitarianism, intuitionism, and - the ultimate focus of Rawls's course - Kantian constructivism. Comprising a course on the history of moral philosophy, they also afford unique insights into how John Rawls has transformed our view of this history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674004429
(235mm x 155mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 20-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - John Rawls
John Rawls was James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. He was recipient of the 1999 National Humanities Medal. Barbara Herman is Griffin Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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