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The Resource Rethinking the good : moral ideals and the nature of practical reasoning, Larry S. Temkin

Rethinking the good : moral ideals and the nature of practical reasoning, Larry S. Temkin

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Rethinking the good : moral ideals and the nature of practical reasoning
Title
Rethinking the good
Title remainder
moral ideals and the nature of practical reasoning
Statement of responsibility
Larry S. Temkin
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In choosing between moral alternatives -- choosing between various forms of ethical action -- we typically make calculations of the following kind: A is better than B; B is better than C; therefore A is better than C. These inferences use the principle of transitivity and are fundamental to many forms of practical and theoretical theorizing, not just in moral and ethical theory but in economics. Indeed they are so common as to be almost invisible. What Larry Temkin's book shows is that, shockingly, if we want to continue making plausible judgments, we cannot continue to make these assumptions. Temkin shows that we are committed to various moral ideals that are, surprisingly, fundamentally incompatible with the idea that "better than" can be transitive. His book develops many examples where value judgments that we accept and find attractive, are incompatible with transitivity. While this might seem to leave two options -- reject transitivity, or reject some of our normative commitments in order to keep it -- Temkin is neutral on which path to follow, only making the case that a choice is necessary, and that the cost either way will be high. Temkin's book is a very original and deeply unsettling work of skeptical philosophy that mounts an important new challenge to contemporary ethics."--Publisher's website
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DLC
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Temkin, Larry S
Dewey number
170
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ1031
LC item number
.T395 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford ethics series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethics
  • Good and evil
  • Practical reason
Label
Rethinking the good : moral ideals and the nature of practical reasoning, Larry S. Temkin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 575-582) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Aggregation and Problems about Trade-offs: Many-Person Spectrum -- A "New" Principle of Aggregation --. On the Separateness of Individuals, Compensation, and Aggregation -- Aggregation and Problems about Trade-offs Within Lives: Single- Person Spectrum Arguments -- Another Spectrum Argument: From Infant to Fertilized Ovum -- Exploring Transitivity: Part I -- Exploring Transitivity: Part II -- Expected Utility Theory/Expected Value Theory -- Spectrum Arguments: Objections and Replies -- On the Value of Utility and Two Models for Combining Ideals -- On the Nature of Moral Ideals, Part I -- On the Nature of Moral Ideals, Part II -- Juggling to Preserve Transitivity -- Conclusion
Control code
701622832
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxi, 616 pages
Isbn
9780199759446
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011004595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)701622832
  • (OCoLC)701622832
Label
Rethinking the good : moral ideals and the nature of practical reasoning, Larry S. Temkin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 575-582) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Aggregation and Problems about Trade-offs: Many-Person Spectrum -- A "New" Principle of Aggregation --. On the Separateness of Individuals, Compensation, and Aggregation -- Aggregation and Problems about Trade-offs Within Lives: Single- Person Spectrum Arguments -- Another Spectrum Argument: From Infant to Fertilized Ovum -- Exploring Transitivity: Part I -- Exploring Transitivity: Part II -- Expected Utility Theory/Expected Value Theory -- Spectrum Arguments: Objections and Replies -- On the Value of Utility and Two Models for Combining Ideals -- On the Nature of Moral Ideals, Part I -- On the Nature of Moral Ideals, Part II -- Juggling to Preserve Transitivity -- Conclusion
Control code
701622832
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxi, 616 pages
Isbn
9780199759446
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011004595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)701622832
  • (OCoLC)701622832

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