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  1. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

    David Hume
    Edited by J. B. Schneewind

    An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

    "A splendid edition.  Schneewind's illuminating introduction succinctly situates the Enquiry in its historical context, clarifying its relationship to Calvinism, to Newtonian science, and to earlier moral philosophers, and providing a persuasive account of Hume's ethical naturalism." 
         —Martha C. Nussbaum, Brown University

  2. An Introduction to Ethics

    Geoffrey Thomas

    An Introduction to Ethics

    A comprehensive yet concise introduction to central topics, debates, and techniques of moral philosophy in the analytic tradition, this volume combines a thematic, issue-oriented format with rigorous standards of clarity and precision. Thomas introduces fundamental concepts and terms, proceeding through a step-by-step exploration of five general areas of debate: the specification of moral judgment; moral judgment and the moral standard; the justification of moral judgment; logic, reasoning, and moral judgment; and moral judgment and moral responsibility. Key historical and contemporary figures in moral philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hume, Mill, Hare, Ross, Nagel, Foot, Stevenson, and Dancy, are used effectively as a means of examining the topics themselves.

  3. Asking Good Questions

    Nancy A. Stanlick and Michael J. Strawser

    Asking Good Questions

    Asking Good Questions moves beyond a traditional discussion of ethical theory, focusing on how educators can use these important frameworks to facilitate critical thinking about real-life ethical dilemmas. In this way, authors Nancy Stanlick and Michael Strawser offer students a theoretical tool kit for creatively addressing issues that influence their own environments. This text begins with a discussion of key ethical theorists and then guides the reader through a series of original case studies and follow-up activities that facilitate critical thinking, emphasize asking thought provoking questions, and teach the student to address the complexity of ethical dilemmas while incorporating the viewpoints of their peers. Click here to download the Asking Good Questions instructor's guide.

  4. British Moralists: 1650-1800, Vol. I

    Edited, with Notes and Analytical Index, by D. D. Raphael

    British Moralists: 1650-1800, Vol. I

    Volume I: Hobbes—Gay: Thomas Hobbes, Richard Cumberland, Ralph Cudworth, John Locke, Lord Shaftesbury, Samuel Clarke, Bernard Mandeville, William Wollaston, Francis Hutcheson, Joseph Butler, John Balguy, John Gay.

  5. British Moralists: 1650-1800, Vol. II

    Edited, with Notes and Analytical Index, by D. D. Raphael

    British Moralists: 1650-1800, Vol. II

    Volume II: Hume—Bentham: David Hume, David Hartley, Richard Price, Adam Smith, William Paley, Thomas Reid, Jeremy Bentham.

  6. British Moralists: 1650-1800, Vols. I and II

    Edited, with Notes and Analytical Index, by D. D. Raphael

    British Moralists: 1650-1800, Vols. I and II

    “These two attractive volumes replace Selby-Bigge’s well-known collection. . . . The present selection is superior in several respects. It is more inclusive, now that Hume, Hartley, Reid, and Cumberland are put in. . . . It is better arranged, the writers now appearing in chronological order. And besides reediting of the texts, the analytical index has been enormously enlarged and improved. . . . The book will be much more useful to students than its predecessor.”
         —British Book News

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    Edited, with Introductions, by Michael L. Morgan

    Classics of Moral and Political Theory (Fifth Edition)

    The fifth edition of Michael L. Morgan’s Classics of Moral and Political Theory broadens the scope and increases the versatility of this landmark anthology by offering new selections from Aristotle’s Politics, Aquinas’ Disputed Questions on Virtue and Treatise on Law, as well as the entirety of Locke’s Letter Concerning Toleration, Kant’s To Perpetual Peace, and Nietzsche’s On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life.

  8. Confucian Moral Self Cultivation (Second Edition)

    Philip J. Ivanhoe

    Confucian Moral Self Cultivation (Second Edition)

    A concise and accessible introduction to the evolution of the concept of moral self-cultivation in the Chinese Confucian tradition, this volume begins with an explanation of the pre-philosophical development of ideas central to this concept, followed by an examination of the specific treatment of self cultivation in the philosophy of Kongzi ("Confucius"), Mengzi ("Mencius"), Xunzi, Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, Yan Yuan and Dai Zhen. In addition to providing a survey of the views of some of the most influential Confucian thinkers on an issue of fundamental importance to the tradition, Ivanhoe also relates their concern with moral self-cultivation to a number of topics in the Western ethical tradition. Bibliography and index are included.

  9. Critique of Practical Reason

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by Werner S. Pluhar
    Introduction by Stephen Engstrom

    Critique of Practical Reason

    With this volume, Werner Pluhar completes his work on Kant’s three Critiques, an accomplishment unique among English language translators of Kant. At once accurate, fluent, and accessible, Pluhar’s rendition of the Critique of Practical Reason meets the standards set in his widely respected translations of the Critique of Judgment (1987) and the Critique of Pure Reason (1996). Stephen Engstrom's Introduction discusses the place of the second Critique in Kant's critical philosophy, its relation to Kant's ethics, and its practical purpose and provides an illuminating outline of Kant's argument.

  10. Essays on the Moral Philosophy of Mengzi

    Edited, with Introduction, by Xiusheng Liu and Philip J. Ivanhoe

    Essays on the Moral Philosophy of Mengzi

    "It is difficult to do justice to the richness of all the essays in this short review. . . . [T]he exceptionally rigorous and inspiring scholarship offered by this collection has laid the groundwork for future inquiries, and anyone interested in Chinese thought will benefit greatly from engaging with the authors' enlightening and rewarding reconstructions of Mengzi's moral philosophy. This is a remarkable achievement, especially given the fact that the Mengzi is an exceedingly difficult text."
         —Yang Xiao, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

  11. Ethical Philosophy (Second Edition)

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by James W. Ellington

    Ethical Philosophy (Second Edition)

    This expanded edition of James Ellington's preeminent translations of Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals and Metaphysical Principles of Virtue includes his new translation of Kant's essay "On a Supposed Right to Lie Because of Philanthropic Concerns," in which Kant replies to one of the standard objections to his moral theory, as presented in the main text of Grounding, that it requires us to tell the truth even in the face of harmful consequences.

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    Peter Abelard
    Translated by Paul V. Spade
    Introduction by Marilyn McCord Adams

    Ethical Writings

    “This volume is excellent. The introduction presents the readings in a clear manner, one that is direct and comprehensible. Similarly, the translation is highly readable. The notes are helpful without being intrusive. In short, this is a volume I have enjoyed using with graduate students and will certainly plan to use with undergraduates.” —Charles E. Butterworth, University of Maryland at College Park

  13. Ethics in the Confucian Tradition (Second Edition)

    Philip J. Ivanhoe

    Ethics in the Confucian Tradition (Second Edition)

    "This enlightening book is a comparative study of the moral and metaphysical theories of these two luminaries of the Confucian tradition. . . . Ivanhoe draws in masterful strokes the trajectory of the Confucian image of the sage, from the semi-divine creator heroes revered by Kongzi, to Mengzi's human exemplars of perfected self-cultivation, to Wang Yangming's concept of the innate sagehood of every human."
         —Rene Goldman, Pacific Affairs

  14. Five Sermons
  15. Freedom: A Dialogue

    Ermanno Bencivenga
    Translated by the author from his La Liberta: un dialogo, published in 1991 by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore.

    Freedom: A Dialogue

    Translated by Bencivenga from the original Italian of his philosophical best-seller, this dialogue provides a comprehensive statement on the role of freedom in the realms of morality, psychology, metaphysics, and aesthetics. Bencivenga lets his four characters embrace a wide range of topics in their eclectic discussion, including considerations of quantum physics and deconstruction, the Gothic novel and detective stories, the structure of desire and the mathematics of infinity, penetrating comments on Freud, Raymond Chandler, and Wertverlufe, and a reasonable explanation of why Kants first Critique is longer than both the second and the third. What results is less a systematic account than a composite picture for the student of philosophy to piece together.

  16. Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (Third Edition)

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by James W. Ellington

    Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (Third Edition)

    This expanded edition of James Ellington’s preeminent translation includes Ellington’s new translation of Kant’s essay “Of a Supposed Right to Lie Because of Philanthropic Concerns” in which Kant replies to one of the standard objections to his moral theory as presented in the main text: that it requires us to tell the truth even in the face of disastrous consequences.

  17. Hornbook Ethics

    Charles E. Cardwell

    Hornbook Ethics

    "Teachers of introductory ethics and applied ethics classes will have a hard time resisting Charles Cardwell's Hornbook Ethics. I am a big fan. The author has a remarkable gift for briefly introducing the basics of moral philosophy, and his book is so clear and concise that any serious student will be able to learn much from it. Not every philosopher will share its views or priorities of course, but these are set forth with such clarity that it will be easy to use even disagreements as teaching moments. I am unaware of a better introduction to ethics whose brevity approaches this one's."
         —Peter Tramel, Department of Philosophy, Fort Hays State University

  18. Kant: Three Critiques, 3-volume Set
  19. Lectures on Ethics

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by Louis Infield
    Foreword by Lewis White Beck

    Lectures on Ethics

    These lively essays, transcribed by Kant's students during his lectures on ethics at Konigsberg in the years 1775-1780, are celebrated not only for their insight into Kant's polished and often witty lecture style but also as a key to understanding the development of his moral thought. As Lewis White Beck points out in the Foreword to this edition, those who know Kant only from his rigorous and abstract intellectual critiques may be surprised by the accessibility of these essays, which "put flesh on the bones of the critical ethics," while revealing Kant as a practical moralist, greatly concerned with the nuances of human conduct and the social effects of his moral teaching. The sharply focused discussions and definitions strengthen an interpretation of Kant's more mature speculative works and remain the riches document we have for understanding the history of the preeminent ethical theory of modern times.

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    Thomas Hobbes
    Edited, with Introduction, by Edwin Curley


    Designed to meet the needs of both student and scholar, this edition of Leviathan offers a brilliant introduction by Edwin Curley, modernized spelling and punctuation of the text, and the inclusion, along with historical and interpretive notes, of the most significant variants between the English version of 1651 and the Latin version of 1668. A glossary of seventeenth-century English terms, and indexes of persons, subjects, and scriptural passages help make this the most thoughtfully conceived edition of Leviathan available.

  21. Lying and Truthfulness

    Edited, with Introductions, by Kevin DeLapp and Jeremy Henkel

    Lying and Truthfulness

    This anthology provides a set of distinctive selections that explore both Western and Eastern views of lying and truthfulness, including selections from Augustine, Grotius, Aristotle, the Mahābhārata, Confucius, Kant, Plato, Sunzi, Han Feizi, Aquinas, the Lotus Sutra, Hobbes, Hume, Locke, Bacon, Nietzsche, and more.

    Hackett Readings in Philosophy is a versatile series of compact anthologies, each devoted to a topic of traditional interest in philosophy or political theory. Selections are chosen for their accessibility, significance, and ability to stimulate thought and discussion.

  22. Man and Citizen

    Thomas Hobbes
    Edited by Bernard Gert

    Man and Citizen

    Contains the most helpful version of Hobbes’s political and moral philosophy available in English. Includes the only English translation of De Homine, chapters X-XV. Features the English translation of De Cive attributed to Hobbes.

  23. Metaphysical Elements of Justice (Second Edition)

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated, with Introduction, by John Ladd

    Metaphysical Elements of Justice (Second Edition)

    This volume offers the complete text of Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals, Part I, translated by John Ladd, along with Ladd’s illuminating Introduction to the first edition, expanded to include discussion of such issues as Kant’s conception of marriage and its relevance to his view of women. An updated bibliography, glossary, and index are also provided.

  24. Moral Philosophy

    David Hume
    Edited, with Introduction, by Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

    Moral Philosophy

    "A genuine understanding of Hume's extraordinarily rich, important, and influential moral philosophy requires familiarity with all of his writings on vice and virtue, the passions, the will, and even judgments of beauty—and that means familiarity not only with large portions of A Treatise of Human Nature, but also with An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals and many of his essays as well.  This volume is the one truly comprehensive collection of Hume's work on all of these topics.  Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, a leading moral philosopher and Hume scholar, has done a meticulous job of editing the texts and has provided an extensive Introduction that is at once accessible, accurate, and philosophically engaging, revealing the deep structure of Hume's moral philosophy."
         —Don Garrett, New York University

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    Edited by Louis P. Pojman and Peter Tramel

    Moral Philosophy: A Reader (Fourth Edition)

    This collection of classic and contemporary readings in ethics presents sharp, competing views on a wide range of fundamentally important topics: moral relativism and objectivism, ethical egoism, value theory, utilitarianism, deontological ethics, virtue ethics, ethics and religion, and applied ethics. The Fourth Edition dramatically increases the volume’s utility by expanding and updating the selections and introductions while retaining the structure that has made previous editions so successful. (North American rights only)

  26. Morality's Critics and Defenders

    Timm Triplett

    Morality's Critics and Defenders

    "The risk, when teaching ethics to undergraduates, is that the issues may easily sound too abstract and bookish to them. Timm Triplett's Morality's Critics and Defenders: A Philosophical Dialogue is the best antidote. By adopting a dialogical form and setting the stage in a classroom, with four very credible students and one teaching assistant as the protagonists, this concise but very valuable book will engage students and stimulate great class discussions. Big issues such as the relationship between religion and morality, the possibility of ethical relativism, animal rights and the moral implications of racism are engagingly covered and so are the most relevant moral perspectives. Students and teachers will undoubtedly find this book very useful, deep, and entertaining."
        —Mario De Caro, Tufts University

  27. Nicomachean Ethics (Irwin, Second Edition)

    Translated, with Introduction, by Terence Irwin

    Nicomachean Ethics (Irwin, Second Edition)

    Building on the strengths of the first edition, the second edition of the Irwin Nicomachean Ethics features a revised translation (with little editorial intervention), expanded notes (including a summary of the argument of each chapter), an expanded Introduction, and a revised glossary.

  28. Nicomachean Ethics (Sachs Edition)

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Joe Sachs

    Nicomachean Ethics (Sachs Edition)

    "Sachs's translations of Aristotle are truly exemplary. They combine a rare sensitivity to Aristotle's use of the Greek language with an English style that is straightforward and imaginative. But what makes Sachs's translations even more noteworthy is their attunement born of profound awareness of the untranslatability of this thought into modern philosophical concepts. For anyone seriously interested in Aristotle's philosophy, Sachs's translations are indispensable." —Burt Hopkins, Seattle University

  29. On Law, Morality, and Politics (Second Edition)

    Thomas Aquinas
    Edited by William P. Baumgarth and Richard J. Regan, S. J.

    On Law, Morality, and Politics (Second Edition)

    The second edition of Aquinas, On Law, Morality, and Politics retains the selection of texts presented in the first edition but offers them in new translations by Richard J. Regan—including that of his Aquinas, Treatise on Law (Hackett, 2000). A revised Introduction and glossary, an updated select bibliography, and the inclusion of summarizing headnotes for each of the units—Conscience, Law, Justice, Property, War and Killing, Obedience and Rebellion, and Practical Wisdom and Statecraft—further enhance its usefulness.

  30. On the Basis of Morality

    Arthur Schopenhauer
    Translated by E. F. J. Payne
    Introduction by David E. Cartwright

    On the Basis of Morality

    "Schopenhauer’s On the Basis of Morality deserves to be a standard text for courses in religious ethics. It doesn’t fit into the prevalent genealogies of virtue ethics and utilitarianism, thus reminding us of other genealogies (pessimism, Nietzsche, Buddhism). It poses fundamental questions about the monotheistic background to the dominant ethical systems of the day as virtually no other work does. I have found that reading it after an intensive study of Kant’s ethical and religious writings leads to fantastic discussions, which open the floor for great insights into the relation of religion and ethics.”
         —Mark Larrimore, Princeton University

  31. Other Selves

    Edited, with Introduction, by Michael Pakaluk

    Other Selves

    "Friendship, that pervasive, everyday, and subtle matter of our most intimate personal life, has rarely been accorded its due. Michael Pakaluk has retrieved the thoughts of our greatest thinkers on the subject and collected them into a handsome and handy volume. . . . A splendid book!"
         — M. M. Wartofsky, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Baruch College, City University of New York

  32. Outlines of the History of Ethics

    Henry Sidgwick

    Outlines of the History of Ethics

    “The work of a master in the subject, who in a few pregnant pages has sketched out skillfully and judicially the history of Greek, of medieval, and of English reflections on the aims and laws of human conduct.”
         —William Wallace (at time of first publication)

  33. Plato on Love

    Edited, with Introduction, by C. D. C. Reeve

    Plato on Love

    This collection features Plato's writings on sex and love in the preeminent translations of Stanley Lombardo, Paul Woodruff and Alexander Nehamas, D. S. Hutchinson, and C. D. C. Reeve. Reeve's Introduction provides a wealth of historical information about Plato and Socrates, and the sexual norms of classical Athens. His introductory essay looks closely at the dialogues themselves and includes the following sections: Socrates and the Art of Love; Socrates and Athenian Paiderastia; Loving Socrates; Love and the Ascent to the Beautiful; The Art and Psychology of Love Explained; and Writing about Love.

  34. Reason and Human Good in Aristotle

    John M. Cooper

    Reason and Human Good in Aristotle

    Reason and Human Good in Aristotle opens up issues of interpretation which are as alive today as when it originally appeared. After almost two decades of extraordinary influence, this succinct book remains a ‘must’ for any serious bibliography of Aristotle’s Ethics.”
         —Sarah Broadie, Princeton University

  35. Six Myths about the Good Life

    Joel J. Kupperman

    Six Myths about the Good Life

    "This is the best introduction to philosophical accounts of the good life available. An excellent choice for any student of philosophy, this original and revealing study will inform, stimulate, and challenge even the most sophisticated reader. Kupperman combines the distinctive care, precision, and analytic power of philosophy with the best insights of contemporary psychology and a sophisticated, sensitive, and wise appreciation of the Indian, Chinese, and Western philosophical traditions. The result is a modern classic."
         —Philip J. Ivanhoe, City University of Hong Kong

  36. Some Thoughts Concerning Education and of the Conduct of the Understanding

    John Locke
    Edited, with Introduction, by Ruth W. Grant and Nathan Tarcov

    Some Thoughts Concerning Education and of the Conduct of the Understanding

    This volume offers two complementary works, unabridged, in modernized, annotated texts—the only available edition priced for classroom use. Grant and Tarcov provide a concise introduction, a note on the texts, and a select bibliography.

  37. The Classical Utilitarians: Bentham and Mill

    Jeremy Bentham & John Stuart Mill
    Edited, with Introduction, by John Troyer

    The Classical Utilitarians: Bentham and Mill

    This volume includes the complete texts of two of John Stuart Mill’s most important works, Utilitarianism and On Liberty, and selections from his other writings, including the complete text of his “Remarks on Bentham’s Philosophy.” The selection from Mill’s “A System of Logic” is of special relevance to the debate between those who read Mill as an Act-Utilitarian and those who interpret him as a Rule-Utilitarian. Also included are selections from the writings of Jeremy Bentham, founder of modern Utilitarianism and mentor (together with James Mill) of John Stuart Mill.

  38. The Fable of the Bees and Other Writings

    Bernard Mandeville
    Edited, with Introduction, by E. J. Hundert

    The Fable of the Bees and Other Writings

    “Hundert is especially good at demonstrating how vital Mandeville’s ideas are as a major foundation for more famous Enlightenment thinkers such as Rousseau, Diderot, Voltaire and others. . . . The additions of Nicole and Bayle will be useful in courses on 18th century ethics and morals, and in general surveys of Enlightenment thought. This is probably the best one-volume edition of the main works of Mandeville now available.”
         —Irwin Primer, Rutgers University

  39. The Foundations of Socratic Ethics

    Alfonso Gómez-Lobo

    The Foundations of Socratic Ethics

    Gómez-Lobo argues that behind the facade of Socratic irony lies a strictly deductive system of ethics suspended from two axioms—one governing practical rationality and the other specifying the ingredients of the good life. In the Gorgias, the author contends, Plato tries to found Socratic ethics on a metaphysical principle about goodness in general, from which the axiom concerning the good life can be derived.

  40. The Good Life

    Edited, with Introduction, by Charles Guignon

    The Good Life

    "I recently used The Good Life for my course Philosophy Through Film. I was pleasantly surprised by the development of the students' excitement for and interest in the assigned readings. Throughout the semester the students commented on the helpfulness of the editor's introductions for each reading, and they became increasingly interested in philosophy. The book was a huge success!"
         —Megan Altman, Florida Gulf Coast University

  41. The Handbook (The Encheiridion)
  42. The Methods of Ethics (Seventh Edition)

    Henry Sidgwick
    Foreword by John Rawls

    The Methods of Ethics (Seventh Edition)

    This Hackett edition is an unabridged and unaltered republication of the seventh (1907) edition as published by Macmillan and Company, Limited.

  43. The Practice of Virtue

    Edited, with Introduction, by Jennifer Welchman

    The Practice of Virtue

    This collection provides readings from five classic thinkers with importantly distinct approaches to virtue theory, along with five new essays from contemporary thinkers that apply virtue theories to the resolution of practical moral problems. Jennifer Welchman's Introduction discusses the history of virtue theory. A short introduction to each reading highlights the distinctive aspects of the view expressed.

  44. The Stoics Reader

    Translated, with Introduction, by Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson

    The Stoics Reader

    This volume gathers together the most important evidence about Stoic thought surviving from the ancient world. It is an expanded version of the section on Stoicism in Inwood and Gerson's Hellenistic Philosophy, consolidating related texts into larger, more continuous selections, adding material on the skeptical attack on Stoicism, and a short section that introduces the reader to some of the more interesting texts on Stoic ethics from the Roman imperial period.

  45. Virtue, Nature, and Moral Agency in the Xunzi

    Edited and Introduced by T. C. Kline III and Philip J. Ivanhoe

    Virtue, Nature, and Moral Agency in the Xunzi

    This volume collects some of the most accessible and important contemporary essays on the thought of Xunzi, with an Introduction that provides historical background, philosophical context, and relates each of the selections to Xunzi's philosophy as a whole and to the themes of virtue, nature, and moral agency. These themes are also discussed in relation to Western philosophical concerns.

  46. Who's To Say?

    Norman Melchert

    Who's To Say?

    “It is a perfect intro. book for our course on relativism. It hits all the major arguments clearly, concisely, persuasively, and at just the right level for undergraduates.”
         —Thomas J. Burke, Jr., Hillsdale College

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