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Reason and Morals By John Wilson

Reason and Morals by John Wilson

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Reason and Morals suggests that although analytical philosophers of the time declined to offer moral guidance; the author is concerned that the interested layman should not turn away from them disappointed; and argues that much practical knowledge can be derived from a study of their work and an extension of their techniques.

Reason and Morals Summary

Reason and Morals by John Wilson

Originally written and published in 1961, Reason and Morals suggests that although analytical philosophers of the time declined to offer moral guidance, Mr Wilson is concerned that the interested layman should not turn away from them disappointed and argues that much practical knowledge can be derived from a study of their work and an extension of their techniques. Philosophy can help us think and act more reasonably in moral contexts, and the author shows that much of the confusion which besets moral argument arises from a misunderstanding of the nature of morality itself. This book shares with Mr Wilson's Language and the Pursuit of Truth a belief that the revolution in philosophy is sufficiently important to merit explanation and acceptance far outside its academic confines.

Table of Contents

Part I. The Value of Moral Philosophy: 1. What moral philosophers do; 2. Doubts and possibilities; Part II. The purposes of Moral Language: 3. Two types of moral thinking; 4. Men and machines; 5. Common concepts in moralism; 6. The uses of moralism; Part III. A Method for Morals: 7. Criteria and agreement; 8. Rational morality; 9. Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

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NLS9780521094238
9780521094238
0521094232
Reason and Morals by John Wilson
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1968-01-01
196
N/A
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