Contemporary ethical theory philosophers

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Happiness: Utilitarianism is a teleological theory insofar as happiness but, not in the ancient sense of the term is the main goal that should be achieved. Though he himself never used this term and probably would take issue with being labeled a libertarian were he alive today, he did introduce many of the principles that are esteemed by libertarians. The pure practical reason is not limited to the particular nature of human reasoning but is the source and the field of universal norms, which stem from a general notion of a rational being as such see, Eisler ; Paton ; Timmermann ; Altman Morality as the object of ethics: Ethics is the philosophical theory of morality which is the systematic analysis of moral norms and values standard reading. Following the Cynics, the Stoics argue that honour, property, health and life are not goods and that poverty, disgrace, illness, and death are not evils. Kantianism The German philosopher Immanuel Kant is the founder of deontological ethics. Mill instead questions the very idea of a hedonistic calculus and argues that one must distinguish between mental and bodily pleasure by giving more weight to mental pleasures. The only possible way to distinguish them is to refer to their different dispositions. His position is called radical quantitative hedonism. To lie—even in defense of life—is to cheapen and weaken an essential pillar that sustains us.

Logic is a diverse and apparently flexible branch of thought, rather than being thought to underlie mathematics and reasoning, as previously.

Bentham found a ready supporter and lieutenant in James Mill —a Scottish lawyer who came to assist Bentham in championing utilitarianism as a political philosophy.

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One can roughly distinguish the classic and Hellenistic periods into four different but closely connected parts. The brief outline of the different philosophical schools in Antiquity supports this view.

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In his most important work on political freedoms, On Libertyhe introduced the no-harm rule. Among the most important neo-Aristotelian scholars are AnscombeFoot, HursthouseMacIntyreNussbaum,SloteSwantonand Williams who claim that the traditional ethical theories such as deontological ethics Kantianism and consequentialism utilitarianism are doomed to failure.

And, second, authority and offices are to be available to everyone competent to hold them.

Contemporary ethical theory philosophers

Kantianism The German philosopher Immanuel Kant is the founder of deontological ethics. Mackie [7] who seeks a real basis, if any, for talk of values and right and wrong. As an ethical system, it is the radical opposite of utilitarianism in that it holds that the consequences of a moral decision are of no matter whatsoever. Rawls proposed a thought exercise: If we all could imagine ourselves, before birth, to be in what he calls the Original Position, knowing only that we would be born but without knowledge of what sex, race, wealth, ethnicity, intelligence, health, or family structures we would be assigned, then we necessarily would ensure that these two principles would be observed. He claims that a practically wise person has a special sensitivity or special perceptual skill with which to evaluate a situation in a morally correct or appropriate way. Due to this emphasis on the outcome of ethical decisions, utilitarianism is classified as a consequentialist theory. The trick, as for Goldilocks, is to have just the right amount of it. The mean of moderation is more of a sliding value, fluctuating between defect and excess, but not automatically splitting the difference between them.

He believed that every virtue resides somewhere between the vices of defect and excess. They were far less inclined than we are to rigidly separate academic subjects.

It was laid out formally in with the publication of his A Theory of Justice, a treatise of more than pages. John Stuart Mill, as he reached adulthood, became a leader of the second generation of utilitarians.

A telling critique of utilitarianism, however, is the objection that it assays no good or evil in acts themselves, but only in the good or evil that these acts produce.

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Being virtuous is a precondition of tranquillity, that is, peace and freedom from fear, which is closely connected to happiness. One can see the application of this to, say, motorcycle-helmet laws today.

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PHIL Contemporary Ethical theories: Philosophy, Department of: Loyola University Chicago