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AuthorFeibleman, James K. author
TitleMoral Strategy [electronic resource] : An Introduction to the Ethics of Confrontation / by James K. Feibleman
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1967
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Descript XII, 325 p. 1 illus. online resource


No statement, except one, can be made with which all philosophers would agree. The exception is this statement itself. The disagreement has the advantage that it gets all the proposals out into the open where they can be examined, but it has the dis advantage that the cogency of any one philosophy must rely entirely upon that wide public which is unprepared to deal with it. Fortunately, ethics has a more immediate appeal than some other branches of philosophy; yet the history of the topic gives no indication that this circumstance has had the happy results we might have expected. One peculiarity of ethics is that its problems are rarely settled on its own grounds. Ethical problems are for the most part referred to socially established moralities, and moralities are socially established not on the basis of philosophy but rather by some sponsoring instiยญ or politics. Such establishments, however, tution, usually religion depend on the prior preparation of ethical proposals by philosophers. For it stands to reason that an ethics cannot be socially established if there is no ethics to establish. Thus philosophers provide the justifiยญ cation for socially-established moralities while seeming not to do so


Book One โ{128}{148} Introduction -- I โ{128}{148} The Approach to Ethics and Morality -- 1. Methodological Considerations -- 2. Moral Integrative Levels -- 3. A Summary Perspective -- Book Two โ{128}{148} The Ethical Integrative Series -- II โ{128}{148} The Ethics of the Individual -- 1. The Individual Good -- 2. Approaches to the Good -- 3. The Pursuit of the Good -- III โ{128}{148} The Ethics of Society -- 1. Morality as Social Structure -- 2. The Covert Moral Structure -- 3. The Overt Moral Structure -- 4. Rights and Duties -- 5. The Law and Legal Procedures -- IV โ{128}{148} The Ethics of the Human Species -- 1. From Society to Humanity -- 2. Characteristics of the Human Species -- 3. The Morality of the Human Species -- 4. Moral Encounters with Near-by Species -- V โ{128}{148} The Ethics of the Cosmos -- 1. The Cosmic Perspective -- 2. The Cosmic Good -- 3. Truth and Value -- 4. Cosmic Type Responsibility -- 5. Cosmic Confrontation -- 6. Normative Cosmic Ethics -- 7. The Ethics of Man in Relation to the Cosmos -- Book Three โ{128}{148} The Moral Situation and Its Outcome -- VI โ{128}{148} Ideal Morality -- 1. The Choice of Ideals -- 2. Individual Ideals -- 3. Social Ideals -- 4. Human Ideals -- 5. Cosmic Ideals -- VII โ{128}{148} Concrete Morality -- 1. Bad Behavior and Immorality -- 2. Bad Individual Behavior -- 3. Bad Social Behavior -- 4. Bad Species Behavior -- 5. Bad Cosmic Behavior -- VIII โ{128}{148} Moral Strategy -- 1. The Uses of Strategy -- 2. The Strategy of Individual Obligation -- 3. The Strategy of Social Obligation -- 4. The Strategy of Human Obligation -- 5. The Strategy of Cosmic Obligation -- Name Index -- Topic Index

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