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Dimensions of Moral Theory: An Introduction to Metaethics and Moral Psychology 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0631229647
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"Dimensions of Moral Theory is clear, concise, and in close touch with major texts in the history of ethics. It is remarkably comprehensive for a short book, and it is outstanding for its integration of the presentation of basic positions in ethical theory and the analysis of major issues in moral psychology." Robert Audi, University of Nebraska

"This book provides a lucid and engaging introduction to the major issues of moral theory which gives a fine sense of the complexities of the subject while remaining thoroughly accessible. What particularly impressed me is the way that Jacobs shows the relevance of the thought of classical authors, such as Aristotle, Hume, and Kant, to contemporary debate. There is a real sense of engaging in a continuing dialogue that spans the history of the subject. The book also contains a helpful glossary and study aids for the student." David McNaughton, Keele University

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"Dimensions of Moral Theory is clear, concise, and in close touch with major texts in the history of ethics. It is remarkably comprehensive for a short book, and it is outstanding for its integration of the presentation of basic positions in ethical theory and the analysis of major issues in moral psychology." Robert Audi, University of Nebraska <!--end-->

"This book provides a lucid and engaging introduction to the major issues of moral theory which gives a fine sense of the complexities of the subject while remaining thoroughly accessible. What particularly impressed me is the way that Jacobs shows the relevance of the thought of classical authors, such as Aristotle, Hume, and Kant, to contemporary debate. There is a real sense of engaging in a continuing dialogue that spans the history of the subject. The book also contains a helpful glossary and study aids for the student." David McNaughton, Keele University

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631229647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631229643
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By cvairag VINE VOICE on May 23, 2005
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'Dimensions' may well become the standard intermediate text in ethics courses. Jacobs offers a clear, cohesive, and accessible examination of the often mysterious, yet critical content of ethical theory, falling under the rubrics of metaethics (epistemological, metaphysical, and semantic)and moral psychology, which details the major positions and supporting arguments while tracing their historical development, with concinnity (notably, under 150 pages) and aplumb.

Citing David McNaughton, Keele University, from the back cover, "There is a real sense of engaging in a continuing dialogue that spans the history of the subject." The book is conveniently, for a sixteen week semester, divided into four sections: Objectivity and Subjectivity, Moral Theory and Moral Psychology, Forms of Moral Theory, Naturalism and Non-naturalism. The book has excellent references, bibliography, and useful glossary.

My only reservations are that, because of its compact presentation (a strength), the reading is sometimes haltingly slow. Also, the work of certain important contemporaries such as Parfit and Singer are ignored.

However, this superb study is the perfect text to follow a general introduction, such as Rachels, et al., and highly useful for anyone wishing to know more about the more challenging issues informing contemporary ethical discourse and practice.
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This book is written pretty well. It gives a nice overview of the most important debates in metaethics and moral psychology. I found the comparisons of different philosophers who share points of similarity particularly effective. Jacobs does an excellent job of showing how philosophers can get to similar results from opposing positions, and opposing results from similar positions.

Another strength of the book is that it avoids caricaturing the arguments. Jacobs makes sure that students don't walk away with the idea that all subjectivists are relativists or that expressivists don't think morality matters. I found that this book opened me to more possibilities by dismantling some of my preconceptions.

I didn't give this book five stars because the explanations could have been a bit clearer and more concise. There were a few times where I felt that he was repeating his point in other terms not just to provide more clarity, but because the first statement was unclear and should have been deleted in the first place. The quotations from original sources are sometimes not enlightening at all, as if he included them because he felt obligated to quote an original source. This sometimes made the issues more confusing. Despite these imperfections, I found this book on the whole an enjoyable and informative read.

Disclaimer: As a student of philosophy, I'm not sure how well this book would work for people not already familiar with the field. I was familiar with the positions of most of the philosophers before reading. I'm not sure how clear I would have found it without that familiarity.

That said, I think this is a good book.
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By Jaden on March 22, 2011
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This is a great introductory textbook on the subject. It is clear, fairly comprehensive, and engagingly written. Highly recommended for those who want the basics and a good starting point.
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Very dense but readable. (This is the first book on philosophy I've ever read so it probably seems more difficult to read than it would be for someone grounded in the topic.)
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I needed this for a class and it served its purpose.
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