Moral theory primer

Charles D Douglas
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03505.x
Published online: 1 March 2010

Most people who become interested in ethics or moral philosophy, I suspect, start with strong convictions about what is right or wrong in various individual instances, and then get to wondering what underlies these convictions, and whether they can be rationalised. Alexandra and Miller use this approach effectively in their book, Ethics in practice. The authors provide many literary and “real-life” case studies at the beginning of each chapter, to probe moral intuition, before exploring theories that have been advanced to make sense of morality, and the arguments for and against certain kinds of behaviour.

  • Charles D Douglas

  • University of Newcastle, NSW



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