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Author Shaw, William H., 1948-

Title Moore on right and wrong : the normative ethics of G.E. Moore / William H. Shaw.

Published Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  171.2 SHAW    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 201 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Philosophical studies series ; v. 61.
Philosophical studies series ; v. 61.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-194) and index.
Contents 1. "Good" and the Things That are Good -- 2. Moore's Commitment to Consequentialism -- 3. Rebuttals and Refinements -- 4. Limits to Moral Knowledge -- 5. Moral Rules -- 6. Individual Moral Choice.
Summary G.E. Moore's work shaped twentieth century ethics. But while his metaethical doctrines have seen decades of debate, little attention has been paid to his normative theory. Yet Moore broke fresh and important ground in elaborating an indirect, sophisticated, and non-hedonistic form of utilitarianism. Moore on Right and Wrong is a critical reconstruction and exposition of this neglected side of his ethical thought. It situates his normative ethics with respect to traditional utilitarianism and assesses Moore's case for consequentialism. The final chapters explore in detail the implications of Moore's theory for individual moral conduct -- in particular, his denial of self-evident moral rules; his skepticism about knowledge of one's duty; his attempt to establish the validity of certain moral rules; and his account of what moral agents should do in situations where such rules apply and in situations where they do not.
Subject Moore, G. E. (George Edward), 1873-1958.
ISBN 0792332237 (acid-free paper)