Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199217366
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728495 | DOI:

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The introductory chapter of Part II surveys the views of those who see ethics as dependent on religious revelation, and offers some reasons for rejecting those views, even while acknowledging that an emphasis on ethics plays a central role in religious commitment. It also explains how the secular account of morality to which Part II is devoted will again rely on a social contract theory of sorts—if only to finesse debates among utilitarians, Kantians, and Aristotelians—but notes that social contract accounts of the good are in part unsatisfying. What is unsatisfying about them will motivate the move towards religion that begins in Part II, Chapter 5.

Keywords: social contract; morality; ethics; moral philosophy; hedonistic conceptions

Chapter.  6291 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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