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The Right and the Good

David Ross and Philip Stratton-Lake


The Right and the Good is a classic of 20th‐century philosophy by the great scholar Sir David Ross, which is now presented in a new edition with a substantial introduction by Philip Stratton–Lake, a leading expert on Ross. Ross's book was originally published in 1930, and is the pinnacle of ethical intuitionism, which was the dominant moral theory in British philosophy for much of the 19th and early 20th century. The central concern of the book is with rightness and goodness, and their relation to one another. Ross argues against notable rival ethical theories. The right act, he holds, cannot ... More

Keywords: acts, British philosophy, consequences of actions, duties, ethical intuitionism, ethical theory, good acts, good, goodness, intuitionism, moral philosophy, moral theory, moral value, motives, non‐naturalism, philosophy, right, rightness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199252657
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199252653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ross, author
formerly Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy

Philip Stratton-Lake, editor
Department of Philosophy, University of Reading
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