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Deontology 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0631231129
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“This is a well-conceived collection, sensitive both to the history of the subject and to its more practical consequences. It is highly suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate teaching. Nobody does this sort of thing better than Stephen Darwall.” Jonathan Dancy, University of Reading <!--end-->

“Working out an approach to teaching deontology has traditionally been a process of making costly choices. It is a singular virtue of Darwall's thoughtful collection of readings that by including classical readings as well contemporary discussions, general rationales as well as specific cases, it frees us from the need to make these choices.” Paul Hurley, Pomona College

"In this book we have an excellent investigation of anti-consequentialist discourse through a very appropriate selection of essays effecting an imaginative and profound expansion of deontology. It will prove to be a valuable collection for all academics and students ..." Dr Marianna Papastephanou

"... in this book we have an excellent inverstigation of anti-consequentialist discourse through a very appropriate selection of essays effecting an imaginative and profound expansion of deontology. It will prove to be a valuable collection for all academics and students who are interested in current debates over moral duty, responsibility and their limits." Marianna Papastephanou, University of Cyprus

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Deontology is a major approach to normative ethical theory that holds that whether an agent’s action is right or wrong depends not just on consequences, but also on other ‘agent-relative’ features of an individual’s situation – their relations to others, to past actions, and so on.

One classical source for this view is Kant’s idea that every person has an inestimable worth, or dignity, that cannot be traded off against other values. But the idea is also prominent in ‘intuitionist’ deontologists, who hold that many different moral considerations and principles exist, and that these cannot be reduced to any fundamental principle or value.

Deontology collects, for the first time, both the major classical sources and the central contemporary expressions of this important position. In addition to Kant, classical selections from Richard Price and W. D. Ross are included. Contemporary writers represented here include Robert Nozick, Thomas Nagel, Stephen Darwall, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Frances Myrna Kamm, Warren S. Quinn, and Christine M. Korsgaard. Edited and introduced by Stephen Darwall, these readings are essential for anyone interested in normative theory.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (November 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631231129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631231127
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Kurt Pond on February 24, 2016
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This is a fine anthology on this aspect of moral philosophy. Part of the excellent Blackwell series, this book contains concise selections of both classic texts and modern articles related to deontology. There is a good balance of the classic and the modern. An excellent introduction to the deontological approach to ethics.
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This book is an excellent anthology of advanced chapters from different authors that relate to Deontology.

However, if you are new to Deontology, this book is a horrible primer! Look elsewhere for an introduction - for example, "Justice: What is the right thing to do" by Segal. Segal's book is much easier reading. I could easily see Darwall's book as a reference volume, but it would not stand on its own in a classroom. You definitely would want to pair this book with something else - maybe several other books. The editor's signature strength is NOT prose. Oh God, it's so very much not prose. After a light, easy introduction, much of the rest of the book is dense and arduous reading.

In short, many of the authors that Darwall includes are wordy to the point of obfuscation. There is no summary, explanation nor introduction of the major points introduced in each chapter. You will either be able to absorb some of the densest writing that I have ever seen, or ... or you won't, you know. Good luck.

All in all, having access to this book at least points you towards where to look for some directed topics in Deontology. Also, the hardcopy of the relevant essays might be useful eventually. Otherwise, I am fairly disappointed.
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