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Descriptive Ethics

What does Moral Philosophy Know about Morality?

Authors: Hämäläinen, Nora

  • Contributes to the growing scientific and philosophical literature on valuation studies 
  • Addresses analytic ethical theory in a fresh way 
  • Brings together methodological questions raised in post-Wittgensteinian ethics, Pragmatist ethics, and post-Foucaudlian discussions of personhood and subjectivity with communitarian approaches to ethics
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This book is an investigation into the descriptive task of moral philosophy. Nora Hämäläinen explores the challenge of providing rich and accurate pictures of the moral conditions, values, virtues, and norms under which people live and have lived, along with relevant knowledge about the human animal and human nature. While modern moral philosophy has focused its energies on normative and metaethical theory, the task of describing, uncovering, and inquiring into moral frameworks and moral practices has mainly been left to social scientists and historians.  Nora Hämäläinen argues that this division of labour has detrimental consequences for moral philosophy and that a reorientation toward descriptive work is needed in moral philosophy. She traces resources for a descriptive philosophical ethics in the work of four prominent philosophers of the twentieth century: John Dewey, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Michel Foucault, and Charles Taylor, while also calling on thinkers inspired by them. 

About the authors

Nora Hämäläinen is a docent (affiliated senior researcher) at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a research fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, Sweden, 2016-2017. She is the author of Literature and Moral Theory and has co-edited the volume Language, Ethics and Animal Life — Wittgenstein and Beyond (with Niklas Forsberg and Mikel Burley).

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction—or What Does Moral Philosophy Know about Morality?

    Hämäläinen, Nora

    Pages 1-6

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  • Moral Philosophy Today

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    Pages 7-14

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  • Morality as Known by Moral Philosophers

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    Pages 15-25

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  • The Foundational Project of Ethics and a Different Way of Going Below the Surface

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    Pages 27-35

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  • The Challenge from X-phi

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    Pages 37-47

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eBook 39,99 €
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Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58616-2
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Descriptive Ethics
Book Subtitle
What does Moral Philosophy Know about Morality?
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58617-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58617-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58616-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 132
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