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The Right and the Good By David Ross (formerly Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy)

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Written by a great scholar, this is a classic of twentieth-century philosophy. It presents the pinnacle of ethical intuitionism, which was the dominant moral theory in British philosophy for much of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

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The Right and the Good by David Ross (formerly Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy)

The Right and the Good, a classic of twentieth-century philosophy by the great scholar Sir David Ross, is now presented in a new edition. Ross's book, originally published in 1930, is the pinnacle of ethical intuitionism, which was the dominant moral theory in British philosophy for much of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The central concern of the book is with rightness and goodness, and their relation. Ross argues against notable rival ethical theories. The right act, he held, cannot be derived from the moral value of the motive from which it is done. Furthermore, rightness is not wholly determined by the value of the consequences of one's action, whether this value is some benefit for the agent, or some agent-neutral good. Rather, the right act is determined by a plurality of self-evident prima facie duties. Ross portrayed rightness and goodness as simple non-natural properties. Philip Stratton-Lake, a leading expert on Ross, provides a substantial new Introduction, in which he discusses the central themes of The Right and the Good and clears up some common misunderstandings. A new bibliography and index are also included, along with editorial notes which aim to clarify certain points and indicate where Ross later changed his mind on particular issues. Intuitionism is now enjoying a considerable revival, and this new edition provides the context for a proper understanding of Ross's great work.

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Review from previous edition Ross's The Right and the Good remains a classic statement of the idea that moral philosophy should place respect for the variety of moral phenomena above the urge for systematic unification. We still have much to learn from it. * Charles Larmore, Columbia University *

About David Ross (formerly Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy)


Sir David Ross (1877-1971) was Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Honorary Fellow of Merton College, and Fellow of the British Academy. Philip Stratton-Lake is Lecturer in Philosophy at Reading University.

Table of Contents


Introduction and bibliography ; 1. The Meaning of 'Right' ; 2. What Makes Right Acts Right? ; Appendix 1 Rights ; Appendix 2 Punishment ; 3. The Meaning of 'Good' ; 4. The Nature of Goodness ; 5. What Things are Good? ; 6. Degrees of Goodness ; 7. Moral Goodness ; Index

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GOR002748166
The Right and the Good by David Ross (formerly Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy)
David Ross (formerly Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy)
British Moral Philosophers
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2002-08-01
256
0199252653
9780199252657
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