Morals from Motives

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Morals from Motives

By Michael Slote

Oxford University Press, USA, Paperback, 9780195170207, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2003

Morals from Motives develops a virtue ethics inspired more by Hume and Hutcheson's moral sentimentalism than by recently-influential Aristotelianism. It argues that a reconfigured and expanded "morality of caring" can offer a general account of right and wrong action as well as social justice. Expanding the frontiers of ethics, it goes on to show how a motive-based "pure" virtue theory can also help us to understand the nature of human well-being and practical reason.

About the Author
Slote is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Maryland at College Park.