Welfare and Rational Care
By (author) Stephen L. Darwall
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Welfare and Rational Care by Stephen L. Darwall
Book DescriptionWhat kind of life best ensures human welfare? Since the ancient Greeks, this question has been as central to ethical philosophy as to ordinary reflection. But what exactly is welfare? This question has suffered from relative neglect. And, as Stephen Darwall shows, it has done so at a price. Presenting a provocative new "rational care theory of welfare," Darwall proves that a proper understanding of welfare fundamentally changes how we think about what is best for people. Most philosophers have assumed that a person's welfare is what is good from her point of view, namely, what she has a distinctive reason to pursue. In the now standard terminology, welfare is assumed to have an "agent-relative normativity." Darwall by contrast argues that someone's good is what one should want for that person insofar as one cares for her. Welfare, in other words, is normative, but not peculiarly for the person whose welfare is at stake. In addition, Darwall makes the radical proposal that something's contributing to someone's welfare is the same thing as its being something one ought to want for her own sake, insofar as one cares. Darwall defends this theory with clarity, precision, and elegance, and with a subtle understanding of the place of sympathetic concern in the rich psychology of sympathy and empathy. His forceful arguments will change how we understand a concept central to ethics and our understanding of human bonds and human choices.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691092539
(203mm x 127mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen L. Darwall
Virtue Ethics, Paperback (September 2002)
* Introduced by Stephen Darwall, this collection brings together classic and contemporary readings which define and advance the literature on virtue ethics. * Includes six essays which respond to the classic sources. * Includes a contemporary discussion on character and virtue by Gary Watson.
Philosophical Ethics, Paperback (December 1997)
Students are invited by this text to examine ethics from the philosopher's point of reference, to understand how different philosophers can reach varying conclusions about the same ethical question. Throughout, the reader is encouraged to do - rather than just read about - philosophical ethics.
Moral Discourse and Practice, Paperback (March 1997)
This anthology gathers together key contemporary reading on the foundations of ethical theory and on meta-ethics.
British Moralists and the Internal 'Ought', Hardback (May 1995)» View all books by Stephen L. Darwall
This book provides the first study of early modern British philosophy in several decades.
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Author Biography - Stephen L. Darwall
Stephen Darwall is John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. He has written widely on the history and the foundations of ethics, and is the author of "Impartial Reason, The British Moralists and the Internal 'Ought': 1640-1740", and "Philosophical Ethics". He is also Associate Editor of "Ethics".
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