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Moral Anatomy and Moral Reasoning

Moral Anatomy and Moral Reasoning (Hardback)

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Robert Hannaford's book answers two fundamental questions: How do we come to do what is morally demanded of us - that is, what leads us to "acceptable acts"? And how does our being moral emerge from what we are and how we are related to each other? Hannaford shows that doing (reasoning and acting morally) and being (our "moral anatomy" or essential nature) do not exist in a vacuum, but are rooted in community, in our relations with others. Moral reasoning, he argues, focuses on what we ought to do in a situation where we must consider the needs, desires and expectations of others. "It's about doing", he explains. "We provide food and water for the victims of an urban riot or a nearby natural disaster, and when we are met by a lost child, we try to help it in finding its parents. As responsible people we [make] choices that we believe can be shown to be acceptable to others in the community. What is morally correct must reflect the judgement of the moral community". Rejecting relativists who claim the impossibility of universal moral values, Hannaford develops a theory based on a variation of the Golden Rule.

He demonstrates how our natural responsiveness to others' feelings and sufferings, our concern for other persons "conceived as like ourselves", lies at the heart of our moral anatomy and moral reasoning and ultimately guides our moral actions.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryEthics & moral philosophy Publisher: University Press of Kansas Publication Date: 20/09/1993 ISBN-13: 9780700606078  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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