Introduction -- Part One. The good life -- Hedonism: its powerful appeal -- Is happiness all that matters? -- Getting what you want -- Problems for the desire theory -- Part Two. Normative ethics: doing the right thing -- Morality and religion -- Natural law -- Psychological egoism -- Ethical egoism -- Consequentialism: its nature and attractions -- Consequentialsim: its difficulties -- The Kantian perspective: fairness -- The Kantian perspective: autonomy and respect -- The social contract tradition: the theory and its attractions -- The social contract tradition: problems and prospects -- Ethical pluralism and absolute moral rules -- Ethical pluralism: prima facie duties and ethical particularism -- Virtue ethics -- Feminist ethics -- Part Three. Metaethics: the status of morality -- Ethical relativism -- Moral nihilism -- Eleven arguments against moral objectivity
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