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Ethics: The Classic Readings

David E. Cooper (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20633-0 February 1998 Wiley-Blackwell 296 Pages


This is the second volume in a new series of classic readings in philosophy and collects together the central texts in the history of moral philosophy thus representing many of the most important topics in the field.
Series Preface.



1. Plato, Gorgias, 482-4, 488-500.

2. Aristole, Nicomachhean Ethics, Book I.

3. Epicurus, 'Letter to Menoeceus' and 'Leading Doctrines'.

4. Mencius, 'Human Nature is Good': Hsun Tzu, 'Man’s Nature is Evil'.

5. The Book of Change Tzu, Chapters 9, 13-14.

6. The Bhagavad Gita, Chapters 1-5.

7. Santideva, The Bodhicaryavatara, Chapter 8 (Verses 89-140).

Tsongkapa and Pabongka Rinpoche, 'The Second Path'.

8. St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, I-II, Questions 55, 58, 61-3.

9. Joseph Butler, Sermon 'Upon the Love of Our Neighbour'.

10. David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, Book III, Part I (Sections 1-2).

11. Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, Preface and Section I.

12. Sören Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, Problems I.

13. John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, Chapter 2.

14. Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, First Essay, Sections 2-14, 16.

15. G.E. Moore, Principia Ethica, Chapter I, Sections 1-2, 5-15.

16. W.D. Ross, The Right and the Good, Chapter 2.

17. Charles L. Stevenson, 'The Emotive Meaning of Ethical Terms'.


* Offers a broad range of original readings within one text.
* Represents both Western and non-Western thinkers and theories.
* Stands as an ideal companion to any ethics course.