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Intricate Ethics Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harm by F. M. (Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University) Kamm

Intricate Ethics Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harm


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Intricate Ethics Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harm by F. M. (Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University) Kamm

F.M. Kamm is one of the leading ethical theorists working in philosophy today. She has become well known for her brand of exacting analysis, largely in defense of a non-consequentialist perspective - the view that some actions are right or wrong by virtue of something other than their consequences. In Intricate Ethics, Kamm questions the moral importance of some non-consequentialist distinctions and then introduces, and argues for the moral importance of, other distinctions. The first section provides a general introduction to non-consequentialist ethical theory followed by more detailed discussion of distinctions relevant to instrumental rationality and to the famous Trolley Problem ; the second deals with the notions of moral status and rights; the third takes up the notions of responsibility and complicity, and discusses new issues in non-consequentialist theory including the problem of distance. Finally, adding to the first section's discussions of the views of Warren Quinn and Peter Unger, the fourth section analyzes the views of others in the non-consequentialist and consequentialist camps such as Peter Singer, Daniel Kahnemann, Bernard Gert, and Thomas Scanlon.


[Kamm] is the most sophisticated of the contemporary exponents of intuitionist or non-consequentalist ethics... No one makes such extraordinarily meticulous and penetrating attempts to extract the principles behind our ordinary moral intuitions... I highly recomment it as an inclusive and subtle attempt to work out non-consequentialism on an intuitionist basis. * Ingmar Persson, Times Literary Supplement * impressive and important book. * Rob Lawlor Mind Vol 118 Oct 2009 *

About the Author

F. M. Kamm is Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government and Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, at Harvard University. She is the author of Creation and Abortion( 1992); Morality, Mortality, Vol. 1: Death and Whom to Save From It(1993); and Morality, Mortality Vol.2: Rights, Duties, and Status (1996), all from Oxford University Press. Kamm also has published many articles on normative ethical theory and practical ethics. She has held ACLS, AAUW, NEH, and Guggenheim fellowships and has been a Fellow of the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School, the Center for Human Values at Princeton, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophy & Public Affairs, Legal Theory, Bioethics, and Utilitas and was a consultant on ethics to the World Health Organization.

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Publication date

18th August 2008


F. M. (Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University) Kamm

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Oxford University Press Inc


520 pages


Ethics & moral philosophy



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