Moral Theory: An Introduction (Elements of Philosophy)

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What makes an action right or wrong? Why is something good or bad? How does one make moral decisions about what is right and good? These are among the main questions of ethics. This book explores some of the most historically important and currently debated moral theories about the nature of the right and good.
After introducing students in the first chapter to some of the main aims and methods of evaluating a moral theory, the remaining chapters are devoted to an examination of various moral theories including the divine command theory, moral relativism, natural law theory, Kant's moral theory, moral pluralism, virtue ethics, and moral particularism.
Providing an introduction to moral theory that explains and critically examines the theories of such classical moral philosophers as Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Bentham, Mill, and Ross, this book acquaints students with the work of contemporary moral philosophers.

Product Details

  • Series: Elements of Philosophy
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084769769X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847697694
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

because the topic is one in which I labor to perfect my knowledge

 on January 9, 2016
By S. Wuest
A very interesting intro to Philosophical Moral Theory.

Buyer not Reader

 on February 8, 2014
By Jeanne M. Benson
I can not rate the contents of this book as I purchased it for my son. what I can comment on was that I purchase it used from one of Amazons vendors and the book was in just like new condition exactly as described.

Five Stars

 on February 22, 2016
By Michele Kneib Drennen
good condition

A very good introductory survey

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 16, 2007
By Steve L
This is a solid introduction to the different major ethical theories. While no means a page-turner, it is clearly written, well-organized, and rigorous without being overly technical. Highly recommended for those looking for an introductory text.


4 people found this helpful.
 on November 2, 2008
By TiZ
“Moral Theory: An Introduction” by Mark Timmons is an introduction to normative ethics. After explaining what makes for a good moral theory, Timmons covers the divine command theory, moral relativism, the natural law theory, utilitarianism, Kant’s moral theory, moral pluralism, virtue ethics and moral particularism.

simply the best mid-level introduction to ethics text

8 people found this helpful.
 on June 21, 2002
By Nathan Nobis
This is really an excellent book in every way that an ethics text can be good. It would be perfect for any mid-level course in ethical theory or the history of ethics.

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