New to this Edition Revised discussions of Desire Theory in Chapters 3 and 4, reflecting clearer distinctions between the intrinsic and instrumental values of desire satisfaction A new discussion of the empirical literature on altruism in Chapter 7, Psychological Egoism A new discussion of the attractions of ethical subjectivism and relativism in Chapter 19, Ethical Relativism Substantive improvements to sections throughout the text, including: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Shafer-Landau carefully reconstructs and analyzes dozens of arguments in depth, at a level that is understandable to students with no prior philosophical background. That said, it has a few flaws that deserve noting. In the back of the book, a list of definitions can be located.

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The Fundamentals of Ethics – Russ Shafer-Landau – Oxford University Press

Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. People who bought this also bought. Purchase Companion site Send feedback Also available as: Its analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the normative theories is cogently presented. Oversimplified but informative enough for beginners of philosophy.

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William Alston, Robert Adams. Henry Sidgwick – – Kaplan. Maybe a few more recommended sources for further reading would have helped, but I take it Shafer-Landau means for readers to get most of that from the companion volume.

Oxford University Press; 3 edition June 30, Language: Maybe those who complain may find this site a great place for themselves to vent to others and try in vain to look smarter than the author. I approve of eating meat. Share your thoughts with other customers. Want to Read saving…. The text is supplemented by an online Instructor’s Manual and Computerized Test Bank and a Companion Website with student self-quizzes and additional resources.


The Fundamentals of Ethics by Russ Shafer-Landau (2017, Paperback)

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If you ever wondered what it would be like if Socrates had actually answered any questions, this is it. Oxford University Press- Philosophy – pages.

My only criticism would be that this is the furthest it goes – even for a basic intro to ethics undergraduate class the content is sometimes too basic and some of the issues are glossed over too quickly with some main criticisms of positions I am thinking specifically of the situationist criticism of virtue ethics are missed.

The text is clear, comprehensive, and inexpensive, with additional aids online that will assist students.

russ shafer landau the fundamentals of ethics

But as a book on ethics, it did its job of presenting each side fairly clearly and without much bias. Request removal from index. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

It remains superior to Rachels. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I was mostly just glad to contemplate it in peace, rather than having to listen to the sophomoric speculations of my classmates from way back. Good overview of Ethical Theories. Even though he’s trying to keep things simple for underclassmen, he could have articulated the views in a more plausible way, without making them more complex, it seems to eyhics.


It gives enough information about each theory, as well as arguments against them and comparisons to others, and easily instigates much classroom discussion ab An excellent introduction to some of the popular ethical theories. In The Fundamentals of Ethics, Third Edition, author Russ Shafer-Landau employs a uniquely engaging writing style to introduce students to the essential ideas of moral philosophy. The book then points out that all the aforementioned theories fail to address the issue of moral character, and virtue ethics may therefore complement them.

Maybe more problematic is his treatment of some of the theories. Ideal for courses in introductory ethics and contemporary moral problems, this book fundamnetals be used as a stand-alone text or with the author’s companion reader, The Ethical Life: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?