Most recent texts in moral philosophy have either concentrated on practical moral issues or else, if theoretical, have tended toward one-sided presentations of recent, fashionable views. Discussions of applied ethics are certain to be circumscibed unless underlying philosophical assumptions about deeper, more general issues are treated. Similarly, recent approaches to ethics are difficult to understand without a knowledge of the context of the historical views against which these approaches are reacting. "The Nature of Moral Thinking" provides a discussion of the classical philosophical questions about our moral thinking, surveying the main types of meta-ethical and normative ethical theories, while not excluding the more recent discussions of moral realism, of anti-realism and of virtue morality. Francis Snare demonstrates that glib, intellectualistic thinking about morality, especially in regard to relativism and subjectivism, is seriously flawed. Serious attention is given to the question of whether particular theories of the origins of morality (for example, Nietzsche's and Marx') undermine morality.This book should be of interest to students and lecturers of general philosophy and ethics.
The Nature of Moral Thinking