News & Opinion Regarding Moral Philosophy, Environmental Ethics & Public Policy
Ernest Partridge, Ph.D, Lecturer-Consultant, Environmental and Applied Ethics
March 15, 2014
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The most recent additions to Conscience of a Progressive, my book in progress, Chapter 12, and Chapter 15 are essays that I wish I had written while I was teaching courses in ethics. Now that I have retired, it is too late for me to use them for that purpose. But not for you. You are welcome to download these chapters and use them in your courses. I only ask that you include the author's name and the source. The courtesy of informing me of your use thereof would also be appreciated. (The copyright on the book is intended as a deterrence to plagiarism).
Of special interest, I suggest, Chapter 12, "How is Morality Possible?" While the ideas therein are not original -- (they are drawn from psychology, sociology and anthropology) -- they are rarely included in introductory courses in ethics. Of the many textbooks in ethics that I have used through the years, I cannot recall that any of them dealt at any length with these concepts of moral psychology. Accordingly, I presented these ideas in a series of lectures. In this chapter I have, at long last, transcribed those notes into essay format.
While I can claim some originality in my defense of moral relativism in Chapter 15 ("A Progressive Moral Philosophy"), the remainder of that chapter, now in preparation, will be adapted from other sources. As of this date, Chapter 13 ("Rights, Justice and Human Dignity") is also still in preparation, but I expect it to be posted shortly. After I complete Chapter 13, I will return to the second half of Chapter 15, in which I will present and defend my answer to the ancient question, "Why be Moral?"
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