Reconsidering the Foundations of Morality
By (author) J. M. Rist
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Real Ethics by J. M. Rist
Book DescriptionJohn Rist surveys the history of ethics from Plato to the present and offers a vigorous defence of an ethical theory based on a revised version of Platonic realism. In a wide-ranging discussion he examines well-known alternatives to Platonism, in particular Epicurus, Hobbes, Hume and Kant as well as contemporary 'practical reasoners', and argues that most post-Enlightenment theories of morality (as well as Nietzschean subversions of such theories) depend on an abandoned Christian metaphysic and are unintelligible without such grounding. He also argues that contemporary choice-based theories, whether they take a strictly ethical or more obviously political form, are ultimately arbitrary in nature. His lively and accessible 2001 study is informed by a powerful sense of philosophical history, and will be of interest to both students and scholars of ethics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521006088
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This 2001 book is a powerful defence of an ethical theory based on a revised version of Platonic realism.
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Author Biography - J. M. Rist
John Rist is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Classics, University of Toronto. His publications include Augustine: Ancient Thought Baptized (1994) and many journal articles.
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