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This book is a collection of twelve essays devoted to Michael Boylan's important work in moral philosophy,A Just Society. The collection is thematically organized to mirror Boylan's own volume, so the first half explores fundamental issues of justification in ethics while the second half focuses on issues involving ethical discourse, social justice, and the moral foundations of public policy. In their critical and engaging essays, the authors challenge many of the original and controversial arguments developed and defended by Boylan in his book, and Boylan responds in a lengthy and philosophically rich reply. The book will appeal both to philosophers working on the cutting edge of moral and political theory and to public policy practitioners working to make society more just.
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About the Author
John-Stewart Gordon teaches philosophy at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Becoming Moral Agents: On the Personal Worldview Imperative
Chapter 3 A Feminist Personal Worldview Imperative
Chapter 4 Justification in Ethics: Desiring to Be Good and Ethical Commendation
Chapter 5 Justification in Ethics
Chapter 6 On the Possibility of a Hierarchy of Moral Goods
Chapter 7 Michael Boylan on Religion and Ethics: An Appreciative Theological Assessment
Chapter 8 Extinguishing Desire: Not a Simple Plan at All
Chapter 9 Diversity and the Common Body of Knowledge
Chapter 10 On Justice
Chapter 11 Justice in "A Just Society"
Chapter 12 Public Policy: Moving Toward Moral Cosmopolitanism
Chapter 13 Establishing Global Health Obligations Amid Ethical Diversity: A Commentary on Boylan's "A Just Society"
Chapter 14 Ethics, Metaethics, Political Theory, and Policy: A Reply to My Colleagues
Part 15 Definitions