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Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy [Paperback]

By John Rawls (Author) & Barbara Herman (Editor)
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The premier political philosopher of his day, John Rawls, in three decades of teaching at Harvard, has had a profound influence on the way philosophical ethics is approached and understood today. This book brings together the lectures that inspired a generation of students--and a regeneration of moral philosophy. It invites readers to learn from the most noted exemplars of modern moral philosophy with the inspired guidance of one of contemporary philosophy's most noteworthy practitioners and teachers.

Central to Rawls's approach is the idea that respectful attention to the great texts of our tradition can lead to a fruitful exchange of ideas across the centuries. In this spirit, his book engages thinkers such as Leibniz, Hume, Kant, and Hegel as they struggle in brilliant and instructive ways to define the role of a moral conception in human life. The lectures delineate four basic types of moral reasoning: perfectionism, utilitarianism, intuitionism, and--the ultimate focus of Rawls's course--Kantian constructivism. Comprising a superb course on the history of moral philosophy, they also afford unique insight into how John Rawls has transformed our view of this history.

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Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy by John Rawls & Barbara Herman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Booklist - 10/15/2000 page 391
  • Kirkus Reviews - 08/15/2000 page 1177
  • Library Journal - 10/01/2000

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harvard University Press
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.09" Height: 1.11"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 15, 2000
Publisher   Harvard University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0674004426  
ISBN13  9780674004429  

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More About John Rawls & Barbara Herman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The late John Rawls was professor emeritus of philosophy at Harvard University. His other books include The Law of Peoples with "The Idea of Public Reason Revisited" and Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. Martha Nussbaum is Ernest Freund Distinguished Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of many books, including Sex and Social Justice, Love's Knowledge, and Hiding from Humanity.

John Rawls lived in the state of Massachusetts. John Rawls was born in 1921 and died in 2002.

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a fascinating collection of lectures  Feb 1, 2002
One can see why John Rawls rejuvenated interest in moral philosophy -- this book is not only a beautifully written, but also a well organized collection of lectures on moral philosophy. Yes, all the big names are here -- Kant, Hegel, Leibnitz & Hume -- entire sections devoted to each. Utilitarianism, constructivism, intuitionism and perfectionism are all studied carefully as the various moral philosophies produced by these thinkers.

A warning, though: don't leap into this book as a "Moral Philosophy for Dummies" kind of guide. Although you don't have to be a guru, you need to have already read a bit on the subject in order to savour the delights of this book. I myself am taking my first (very wobbly) steps into a field which attempts, as the cover of the book says, to "define the role of a moral conception in human life."


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