Roeser, S. 2009

Edited by: Sabine Roeser
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Description

Thomas Reid’s moral philosophy is unduly neglected. Paradoxically, what makes his views provocative is that they are so close to common sense. Some philosophers think that such views can by definition not be philosophically satisfying. However, as the contributions to this volume show, Reid did not merely state his common sense intuitions, he also provided sophisticated arguments for them and based on them. This collection brings together some of the leading experts on Reid’s work on moral philosophy, writing on the following aspects of Reid’s work: his ideas about moral epistemology, moral emotions, moral agency and practical ethics. This volume wishes to show to a wider philosophical audience that Reid’s moral philosophy is rich, unique and worth exploring in more detail. This book will provide for a unique overview of Reid’s ideas about ethics which will be a valuable source of insights for experienced scholars as much as for beginning students.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Reid’s Moral Philosophy; S.Roeser
PART I: REID’S MORAL EPISTEMOLOGY
Reid, the Moral Faculty, and First Principles; K.Lehrer
Reid on Natural Signs, Taste and Moral Perception; E.Kroeker
Thomas Reid on Moral Disagreement; W.Davis
PART II: THE ROLE OF EMOTIONS IN REID’S ETHICS
Reid Making Sense of Moral Sense; A.Broadie
Reid and Modern Theories of Emotions; M.Ledwig
PART III: REID ON MORAL AGENCY
Thomas Reid on Determinism; R.Van Woudenberg
A Second Look at Reid’s First Argument for Moral Liberty; D.McDermid
Beyond the Brave Officer: Reid on the Unity of the Mind, the Moral Sense, and Locke’s Theory of Personal Identity; G.Yaffe
PART IV: REID’S VIEWS ON PRACTICAL ETHICS
Reid on Justice; N.Wolterstorff
Reid on Hume on Justice; J.Harris
The Significance of Reid’s Practical Ethics; G.Graham
Duty, Goodness, and God in Thomas Reid’s Moral Philosophy; T.Cuneo
Consolidated Bibliography
Index

The creation of the volume Reid on Ethics has involved a workshop that took place in 2008 and that was generously sponsored by the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology.