Reasons, Rights, and Values

Reasons, Rights, and Values

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Robert Audi
Cambridge University Press, 4/2/2015
EAN 9781107480803, ISBN10: 1107480809

Paperback, 312 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

A central concern in recent ethical thinking is reasons for action and their relation to obligations, rights, and values. This collection of recent essays by Robert Audi presents an account of what reasons for action are, how they are related to obligation and rights, and how they figure in virtuous conduct. In addition, Audi reflects in his opening essay on his theory of reasons for action, his common-sense intuitionism, and his widely debated principles for balancing religion and politics. Reasons are shown to be basic elements in motivation, grounded in experience, and crucial for justifying actions and for understanding rights. Audi's clear and engaging essays make these advanced debates accessible to students as well as scholars, and this volume will be a valuable resource for readers interested in ethical theory, political theory, applied ethics, or philosophy of action.

practical reason, moral justification, and the grounds of value
Part I. Reasons for Action
1. Reasons, practical reason, and practical reasoning
2. Intrinsic value and reasons for action
3. The grounds and structure of reasons for action
4. Practical reason and the status of moral obligation
Part II. Intuition, Obligation, and Virtue
5. Intuitions, intuitionism, and moral judgment
6. Kantian intuitionism as a framework for the justification of moral judgments
7. Moral virtue and reasons for action
8. Virtue ethics in theory and practice
Part III. Religion, Politics, and the Obligations of Citizenship
9. Wrongs within rights
10. Religion and the politics of science
can evolutionary biology be religiously neutral?
11. Nationalism, patriotism, and cosmopolitanism in an age of globalization