Originally published in 1986, this book explores the animating qualities of human character and moral thought and discusses how they place constraints on the adequacy of moral theories. It evaluates some of the major theories in the history of ethics, notably the moral thoughts of Sidgwick, Kant, Aristotle and Hume. The book examines questions of fundamental importance to all of us and broadens the scope and wisdom of analytical philosophy by conveying the excitement of original philosophical research.
Stephen D. Hudson
1. What is Morality All About? 2. Sidgwick: The Direct View 3. Moral Virtues and the Direct View 4. Aristotle: The Indirect View 5. Further Reflections on Acts and Agents 6. Hume and the Indirect View 7. The Dualism of Humean Virtues 8. Moral Points of View 9. Reflections on the Nature of the Beast 10. Epilogue: Morality and Human Character