- Hardcover: 356 pages
- Publisher: Bakhsh Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443721522
- ISBN-13: 978-1443721523
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,771,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Foundations of Ethics 1st Edition
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Ross was a solid representative of the rationalist-intuitionist-deontologist axis in twentieth-century ethics; influenced by Prichard and Moore and a first-class Aristotelian scholar to boot, he was a profound and thorough thinker who deserves to be more widely read. For example, his discussion of determinism (and why determinism doesn't undermine ethics) in chapter ten is, to my mind, one of the finest of its kind.
I have occasionally seen Ross's prose style criticized as somewhat plodding and tortuous. I see no foundation for this criticism. Ethical philosophy, at least as Ross himself treated it, is not a flashy affair; like all philosophy, it is a matter of trying to think clearly and well. This Ross does like a master, and readers who prefer clarity and substance in their philosophy will find Ross's style eminently suited to his material. Readers who would rather subject themselves to declamations, rhetoric, and dogmatic asseveration in the service of nothing much are advised to look elsewhere -- to Nietszche, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Sartre, and Ayn Rand, for example.