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Nature, Reason, and the Good Life: Ethics for Human Beings

Roger Teichmann


At the centre of our ethical thought stands the human being. Facts about human nature determine the shape of ethical concepts in a variety of ways, and our pre-rational animal nature forms the basis of notions to do with rationality, virtue, and happiness, among other things. Life and Logos examines these themes while also arguing for the critical importance of language: only by attending to the social and empirical character of language use can we make headway with a number of problems in ethics. Thus what counts as a good or bad reason for action depends on the purposes of human enquiry, as ... More

Keywords: human nature, human being, life, reasons, action, language, happiness, emotions, pleasure, philosophy

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199606177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Teichmann, author
St Hilda's College, Oxford

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