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Description - Good And Evil by Professor Richard Taylor

The discussion of good and evil must not be confined to the sterile lecture halls of academics but related instead to ordinary human feelings, needs, and desires, says noted philosopher Richard Taylor. Efforts to understand morality by exploring human reason will always fail because we are creatures of desire as well. All morality arises from our intense and inescapable longing. The distinction between good and evil is always clouded by rationalists who convert the real problems of ethics into complex philosophical puzzles. In the first part, Taylor looks for a more meaningful conception by re-examining and rejecting the whole rationalistic tradition that dominates philosophical ethics. The second part provides an empirical explanation of good and evil, noting that one does not have to look too far to find prime examples of the failure of fixed moral rules. Including important commentary on Joseph Fletcher's groundbreaking situation ethics, and Aristotle's virtues (e.g. magnanimity and pride), Taylor rounds out the book by developing a philosophy of aspiration -- personal worth as an ethical ideal - to replace the morality of duty. He offers a modified form of situation ethics to fit the contemporary problems we face.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781573927529
ISBN-10: 157392752X
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Professor Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor (Interlaken, NY) has held professorships in philosophy at Brown University, the graduate faculty of Columbia University, and the University of Rochester. He is the author of Restoring Pride; Love Affairs: Marriage & Infidelity; and Freedom, Anarchy, and the Law.

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