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Ethics/Morality

63 titles
  • Art, Morality and Human Nature

    Writings by Richard W. Beardsmore
    John Haldane

    This collection brings together the text of the monograph Art and Morality by the philosopher Richard Beardsmore along with fourteen other essays (both published and previously unpublished) in which he explores further some of the themes of his seminal book.

  • Lord Kames

    Selected Writings
    Andreas Rahmatian

    Library of Scottish Philosophy volume containing selected writings of Henry Home, Lord Kames, judge, jurist and philosopher.

  • The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe

    Luke Gormally

    In this collection of new essays deriving from a conference held in Oxford aspects of Elizabeth Anscombe's moral philosophy are examined. Anyone interested in Anscombe's work all want to read this volume.

  • Spinoza

    Basic Concepts
    Andre Santos Campos

    Spinoza: Basic Concepts explores key concepts involved in Spinoza's thinking, relating it to his understanding of philosophy, outlining the arguments and explaining the implications of each concept. Together, the chapters cover the full range of Spinoza’s interdisciplinary system of philosophy.

  • Capitalism and Human Values

    Tony Wilkinson

    In this book we construct a foundation for values based on our common humanity and explore personal, social and political values from a fresh perspective.

  • The Decision Trap

    Genetic Education and Its Social Consequences
    Silja Samerski

    The Decision Trap questions a dogma of our time: the assumption that genetic education empowers citizens and increases their autonomy.

  • Orwell's Faded Lion

    The Moral Atmosphere of Britain 1945-2015
    Anthony James

    This book confronts the actual direction taken by British society against the background of the high hopes of the generation that survived the war.

  • Giovanni Gentile and the State of Contemporary Constructivism

    A Study of Actual Idealist Moral Theory
    James Wakefield

    Giovanni Gentile and the State of Contemporary Constructivism represents the first book-length treatment of actual idealist moral theory.

  • Educating Character Through Stories

    David Carr

    This book argues that the narratives and stories of great literary works are of neglected significance and value for contemporary understanding of human moral association and character.

  • The Unleashed Scandal

    The End of Control in the Digital Age
    Hanne Detel

    In an age of ubiquitous digital media and permanent mutual observation scandals are omnipresent. This books describes recent case-(hi)stories, discussing public figures such as Tiger Woods and Anthony Weiner, the powerful and the helpless that suddenly find themselves in a worldwide pillory.

  • Michael Oakeshott: Notebooks, 1922-86

    Michael Oakeshott

    The sixth volume in the series Michael Oakeshott: Selected Writings. From the 1920s to the 1980s Oakeshott filled dozens of notebooks with his private reflections, both personal and intellectual. Their contents range from aphorisms to miniature essays, forming a unique record of his intellectual trajectory over his entire career.

  • Thomas Reid

    Selected Philosophical Writings
    Giovanni Grandi

    The aim of this comprehensive selection of his writings is to make the key elements of Reid's philosophical work available to a new generation of readers.

  • The Philosophy of Punishment

    Anthony Ellis

    In this volume, the author sets aside the usual division between theories of punishment that do or do not focus on retribution. In its place he proposes and explores the distinction between internalist and externalist theories.

  • Natural Law, Economics and the Common Good

    Samuel Gregg

    In this volume a distinguished set of authors explore various economic, philosophical, and ethical ideas from historical, contemporary, and future-looking perspectives.

  • Friendship and the Political

    Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Schmitt
    Graham M. Smith

    This book reappraises the idea of "friendship" in contemporary political thought. The author explores the possibilities for theorising friendship in modern times through an examination of three seminal thinkers: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Schmitt.

  • Truth and Faith in Ethics

    Hayden Ramsay

    This addition to the St Andrews Studies series contains a wide-ranging collection of essays on all aspects of moral philosophy and its impact upon public life in the twent-first century.

  • Speciesism, Painism and Happiness

    A Morality for the 21st Century
    Richard D. Ryder

    Richard Ryder created the term speciesism in early 1970 and shared the idea with Peter Singer, who popularised it in his classic work Animal Liberation (1975).

  • On Liberty and Peace Part 2

    Peace
    Matt Edge

    The author writes: In this project I set out to provide an answer to two fundamental questions of political philosophy. How can human beings live together, in conditions of co-operation over time, enjoying what Kant famously called 'perpetual peace'? And how much individual freedom can we expect to enjoy?

  • On Being Someone

    A Christian Point of View
    Helen Oppenheimer

    This book continues the discussions in "What a piece of work: on being human" (Imprint Academic 2006) and may be considered its sequel. In this volume the author leaves aside comparisons with our fellow creatures in order to attend to our own experience.

  • The Metaphysics of Self-realisation and Freedom

    Part One of the Liberal Socialism of Thomas Hill Green
    Colin Tyler

    This first part of Colin Tyler's new critical assessment of the social and political thought of T.H. Green (1836–1882) explores the grounding that Green gives to liberal socialism.

  • Evolving Ethics

    The New Science of Good and Evil
    Steven Mascaro

    This book describes the application of Artificial Life simulation to evolutionary scenarios of wide ethical interest, including the evolution of altruism, rape and abortion, providing a new meaning to "experimental philosophy".

  • The Earth Is Our Home

    Mary Midgley's critique and reconstruction of evolution and its meanings
    Nelson Rivera

    This book demonstrates that Mary Midgley's philosophy of evolution points the way towards considering the earth as our only true home, since we are products of this planet and its evolving and complex life along with every other organism.

  • Thomas Brown

    Selected Philosophical Writings
    Thomas Dixon

    The selections in this volume illustrate Brown's original ideas about mental science, cause and effect, emotions and ethics. They are preceded by an introduction situating Brown’s career and writings in their intellectual and historical context.

  • Profit, Prudence and Virtue

    Essays in Ethics, Business and Management
    Samuel Gregg

    Essays in the ethics of business and management.

  • Practical Philosophy

    Ethics, Society and Culture
    John Haldane

    In this wide ranging volume of philosophical essays John Haldane explores some central areas of social life and issues of intense academic and public debate.

  • Here For Our Children's Children?

    Why we should care for the earth
    Adrian C. Armstrong

    This study reviews the many different bases for wanting to preserve the environment. By seeing how protagonists approach the same situation from different assumptions, some of the origins of environmental conflict may be established, and ways of resolving conflict can be identified.

  • Darwinian Conservatism

    A Disputed Question
    Jr. Blanchard

    A reprint of Larry Arnhart's essay Darwinian Conservatism with comment and criticism from a variety of contributors.

  • Self and Society

    Studies in the Evolution of Culture
    William Irwin Thompson

    A series of essays on the evolution of culture, dealing with topics including the city and consciousness, evolution of the afterlife, literary and mathematical archetypes, machine consciousness and the implications of 9/11, and the invasion of Iraq.

  • Vocabulary of a Modern European State

    Essays and Reviews 1953-1988
    Luke O'Sullivan

    The Vocabulary of a Modern European State is the companion volume to The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence and completes the enterprise of gathering together Oakeshott's previously scattered essays and reviews.

  • Origin of Humanness in the Biology of Love

    Pille Bunnell

    The central concern of this book is us human beings. The authors' basic question is: 'How is it that we can live in mutual care, have ethical concerns, and at the same time deny all that through the rational justification of aggression?’

  • Faith in a Hard Ground

    Essays on Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
    G.E.M. Anscombe

    Elizabeth Anscombe's forthright philosophy speaks directly to many religious and ethical issues of current concern.This collection of her essays forms a companion volume to the critically acclaimed Human Life, Action and Ethics published in 2005.

  • Enemies of Progress

    Dangers of Sustainability
    Austin Williams

    This polemical book examines the concept of sustainability and presents a critical exploration of its all-pervasive influence on society, arguing that sustainability, manifested in several guises, represents a pernicious and corrosive doctrine that has survived primarily because there seems to be no alternative to its canon.

  • In Bed with Madness

    Trying to make sense in a world that doesn't
    Yannis Androcopoulos

    In Bed with Madness is 'a well-argued, powerful and profound indictment of contemporary culture', stylishly written – a reviewer said he would have bought it just for its humour!

  • The Future of the Past

    From the culture of profit to the culture of joy
    Yannis Androcopoulos

    Universalism in its old forms has, just like door-to-door milkmen, gone for good. But the search for some universally accepted ethical standards cannot be abandoned. Looking into our world from the classical Greek point of view, Yannis Andricopoulos wonders whether we cannot place Justice again at the heart of our morality.

  • Forgiveness

    How Religion Endangers Morality
    R.A. Sharpe

    In his book The Moral Case against Religious Belief (1997), the author argued that some important virtues cease to be virtues at all when set in a religious context, and that a religious life is, in many respects, not a good life to lead. In this sequel he takes up the theme again.

  • Joseph Conrad Today

    Kieron O'Hara

    This book argues that the novelist Joseph Conrad's work speaks directly to us in a way that none of his contemporaries can. Conrad's scepticism, pessimism, emphasis on the importance and fragility of community, and the difficulties of escaping our history are important tools for understanding the political world in which we live.

  • Scottish Philosophical Theology

    David Fergusson

    This volume concentrates on the period from the beginning of the 18th century to the latter part of the 20th. It is impossible to depict a single school of philosophical theology in Scotland across three centuries, yet several strains have been identified.

  • John Grote, Cambridge University and the Development of Victorian Thought

    John R. Gibbins

    This book answers three questions: How did John Grote develop and contribute to modern Cambridge and British philosophy? What is the significance of these contributions to modern philosophy in general and British Idealism and language philosophy in particular? How were his ideas and his idealism incorporated into the modern philosophical tradition?

  • Making God

    A New Materialist Theory of the Person
    Ann Long

    Developments in psychology mean that our view of persons is unlike the great teachers of the Axial Age -- the Buddha, Confucius, Zoroaster, etc. -- and therefore the God they made can no longer serve as ours. We have to make our own. So argues Ann Long in this fascinating exploration of personhood, religion and moral value.

  • Dialectics of the Self

    Transcending Charles Taylor
    Ian Fraser

    Charles Taylor is a philosopher concerned with morality and the nature of the identity of individuals and groups in the West. This book offers an evaluation of Taylor's conception of self, and its moral and political possibilities.

  • Earthy Realism

    The Meaning of Gaia
    Mary Midgley

    GAIA, named after the ancient Greek mother-goddess, is the notion that the Earth and the life on it form an active, self-maintaining whole. With global warming now an accepted fact, the lessons of GAIA have never been more relevant and urgent.

  • Right Road to Radical Freedom

    Tibor R. Machan

    This work focuses on the topic of freedom. The author starts with the old issue of free will — do we as individual human beings choose our conduct, at least partly independently, freely?

  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Utility

    Happiness in Philosophical and Economic Thought
    Charles Kenny

    A volume on the nature, ingredients, causes and consequences of human happiness by the father and son team of Anthony and Charles Kenny.

  • What a Piece of Work

    On Being Human
    Helen Oppenheimer

    This is a small book on a large subject: What is special about human beings?

  • Philosophy of War and Peace

    Jenny Teichman

    This book considers historical and current events from the standpoint of moral philosophy.

  • Human Life, Action and Ethics

    Essays by G.E.M. Anscombe
    Mary Geach

    This volume presents a collection of essays by the celebrated philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe. This collection includes papers on human nature and practical philosophy, together with the classic 'Modern Moral Philosophy'.

  • Putting Morality Back into Politics

    Richard Ryder

    Machiavelli almost succeeded in removing morality from European politics and, indeed, since his day it has sometimes been assumed that morality and politics are separate. Ryder argues that the time has come for public policies to be seen to be based upon moral objectives.

  • Mendacious Colours of Democracy

    An Anatomy of Benevolent Lying
    Alex Rubner

    'Politics is a noble, but also a dirty, business. To gain election — and retain office — politicians are frequently compelled to be dishonest. They engage in benevolent lying because obstruction by stupid voters will otherwise stop them advancing the national interest as they see it.' So claims the author of this eye-opening book.

  • Moral Mind

    A Study of What it is to be Human
    Henry Haslam

    The reality and validity of the moral sense — which ordinary people take for granted — took a battering in the last century. Haslam shows how important the moral sense is to the human personality and exposes the weakness in much current thinking that suggests otherwise.

  • Puritan Democracy of Thomas Hill Green

    Alberto De Sanctis

    The central concern of this book is to demonstrate how Puritanism was a theme which ran through all Green's biography and political philosophy.

  • Darwinian Conservatism

    Larry Arnhart

    This book suggests that Darwinian biology sustains conservative social thought by showing how the human capacity for spontaneous order arises from social instincts and a moral sense shaped by natural selection in human evolutionary history.

  • Great Abdication

    Why Britain's Decline is the Fault of the Middle Class
    Alexander Deane

    The middle class provides British society with its stability and strength. According to Deane's contentious thesis, our middle class has abstained from its responsibility to uphold societal values, and the enormously damaging collapse of our society’s norms and standards is largely a result of that abdication.

  • Creatures Like Us?

    Lynne Sharpe

    As a child brought up among animals, Lynne Sharpe never doubted they were essentially 'creatures like us'. It came as a shock to learn that others did not agree. Here she exposes the bizarre way in which many philosophers — including even some great and humane ones — have repeatedly talked and written about animals.

  • Religious and Poetic Experience in the Thought of Michael Oakeshott

    Glenn Worthington

    This book argues that Oakeshott's characterisations of religious and poetic experience provide a more detailed account of the type of persona that emerged in response to what it perceived as an invitation to participate in moral association in the modern world.

  • Relativism and the Foundations of Liberalism

    Graham Long

    Moral relativism is often regarded as both fatally flawed and incompatible with liberalism. This book aims to show why such criticism is misconceived.

  • Values, Education and the Human World

    John Haldane

    The essays in this book consist of revised versions of Victor Cook Memorial Lectures.

  • Philosophy and Its Public Role

    John Haldane

    This brings together moral, social and political philosophers from Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States who explore a wide range of issues under the three headings of Philosophy, Society and Culture; Ethics, Economics and Justice; and Rights, Law and Punishment.

  • Snake That Swallowed Its Tail

    Some Contradictions in Modern Liberalism
    Mark Garnett

    Tracing its effects through the media, politics and the public services, the author argues that hollowed-out liberalism has helped to produce our present discontent.

  • James Beattie

    Selected Philosophical Writings
    James Beattie

    The first part of this selection — the first ever made from Beattie's prose writings — includes several key chapters from the Essay on Truth, along with extracts from all of Beattie's other works on moral philosophy. The second part of the selection is devoted to Beattie's contributions to literary criticism and aesthetics.

  • Liberty Option

    Tibor R. Machan

    The Liberty Option advances the idea that for compelling moral as well as practical reasons it is the free society -- with the rule of law founded on the principles of private property rights, its complete respect for individual sovereignty and properly limited legal authorities -- not one or another version of statism that serves justice best.

  • God in Us

    A Case for Christian Humanism
    Anthony Freeman

    God In Us is a radical representation of the Christian faith for the 21st century. Following the example of the Old Testament prophets and the first-century Christians it overturns received ideas about God. God is not an invisible person 'out there' somewhere, but lives in the human heart and mind as 'the sum of all our values and ideals'.

  • Evolutionary Origins of Morality

    Cross Disciplinary Perspectives
    Leonard D. Katz

    This volume includes four principal papers and a total of 43 peer commentaries on the evolutionary origins of morality.

  • Holding Up a Mirror

    How Civilizations Decline
    Anne Glyn-Jones

    Using theatre as a measure society's health, this book shows that Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Christendom and our own contemporary society all follow the same pattern: prosperity thrives on the conviction that the material world alone constitutes true 'reality’; but that very conviction leads to a rejection of the supernatural.