The End of the Law: The Good Life, a Teleological View

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Peeters Publishers, 1999 - 128 sider
The End of the Law pursues further the ethical theories developed in the author's earlier books, such as Morals as Founded on Natural Law (1987) or The Recovery of Purpose (1993). Here he focuses more intensively upon the foundation of any deontological motive of duty upon a teleological substructure. All law is for an end, and moral reality is grounded exclusively in the exigences of a dynamic human reality. There is no separate moral reality or "universe of value". This is the attitude the author calls moralism, which he exposes in authors such as Kant and R.M. Hare, with their "anti-ontological stance". At the same time, he is careful to distance himself from utilitarianism, as replacing the common good with the aggregate good. For the author, and the Aristotelian Thomist tradition he draws upon, the ends of actions specify them morally, unlike extrinsically succeeding results.
 

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Innhold

Foreword vn Introduction Roncallis Legacy
1
Ethics Value Welfare
7
The Origin of Morality
23
The Moral Sphere and the Practical Sphere
35
Practical Science and Practical Knowledge
47
The Justification of Moral Claims
55
Hypothetical Morality and Institutional DoubleTruth
67
Kant and the Uniquely Good Will
71
R M Hares Metaethics
79
Ethical Rules or Moral Laws?
89
The Impossibility of Altruism
101
Variations on the Theme
113
Index
125
Bibliography
127
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