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Real Ethics: Reconsidering the Foundations of Morality Hardcover – January 14, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0521809214 ISBN-10: 0521809215 Edition: 1st
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"His study...is of interest not only to philosophers, theologians and, in fact, all those concerned with moral theory but also to classicists interested in ancient ethics...this book is well-written, the argument is clear and discussions of other views are mostly accurate." Joachim Lukoschus, Netherlands

"Rist proposes to do battle with contemporary moral relativism and nihilism by first reviewing classical ethical views, particularly Plato's, and then widening the argument both historicaly and systematicaly." Choice

"To say that this work is profound is almost an understatement. Real Ethics is the work of a mature scholar steeped in history who is also an acute observer of contemporary manners and morals." -Modern Age, Jude P. Dougherty, Catholic University of America

"To say that this work is profound is almost an understatement. Real Ethics is the work of a mature scholar steeped in history who is also an acute observer of contemporary manners and morals." - Jude P. Dougherty, The Catholic University of America

Book Description

John 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'. His lively and accessible 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521809215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521809214
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,980,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on March 10, 2014
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This book, written by a major scholar of classical language and philosophy, explains the moral problems of today in light of 2500 years of tradition--both historical, philosophical, and theological. It will be a huge help in combating the 'dictatorship of relativism.' Buy it!
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