Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy

What Makes Us Moral? On the capacities and conditions for being moral

Editors: Musschenga, Bert, van Harskamp, Anton (Eds.)

  • Deals with the role of social and historical factors of morality
  • Discusses whether animals can be said to have a morality
  • Contains revealing case-studies, e.g., on the Holocaust, on terrorism, and on Vico
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This book addresses the question of what it means to be moral and which capacities one needs to be moral. It questions whether empathy is a cognitive or an affective capacity, or perhaps both. As most moral beings behave immorally from time to time, the authors ask which factors cause or motivate people to translate their moral beliefs into action? Specially addressed is the question of what is the role of internal factors such as willpower, commitment, character, and what is the role of external, situational and structural factors? The questions are considered from various (disciplinary) perspectives.​

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • What Makes Us Moral? An Introduction

    Musschenga, Bert

    Pages 1-13

  • Rationality and Deceit: Why Rational Egoism Cannot Make Us Moral

    Rosas, Alejandro

    Pages 17-30

  • Two Problems of Cooperation

    Browne, Katharine

    Pages 31-50

  • The Importance of Commitment for Morality: How Harry Frankfurt’s Concept of Care Contributes to Rational Choice Theory

    Herfeld, Catherine (et al.)

    Pages 51-72

  • Quantified Coherence of Moral Beliefs as Predictive Factor for Moral Agency

    Christen, Markus (et al.)

    Pages 73-96

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eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-6343-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-6342-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8293-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What Makes Us Moral? On the capacities and conditions for being moral
Editors
  • Bert Musschenga
  • Anton van Harskamp
Series Title
Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
Series Volume
31
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6343-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6343-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6342-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8293-7
Series ISSN
1387-6678
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 352
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