On the Nature and Scope of Morality

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Terrance C. McConnell, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The Validity of Values (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), the second volume of Nicholas Rescher's trilogy, A System of Pragmatic Idealism, is a wide-ranging and intriguing book. Professor Rescher covers many fundamental issues in ethical theory and does so in a way that engages the reader. Topics discussed include the rationality of values, a defense of moral objectivity against both subjectivism and relativism, the relationship of facts and values, the nature of personhood, the meaning of life, optimism and pessimism, and an answer to the question, "Why be moral?" One cannot do justice to the breadth of this work in such a short essay. Here I shall focus on what Rescher has to say about the nature of morality and the role ideals ought to play in the moral life. I have selected these issues because of my own interest and their inherent difficulty.

Additional Information

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54(2) (June 1994), pp. 421-425.
Language: English
Date: 1994
Values, Ethics, Morality, Behavior, Decision making

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