Robert S. Cohen is Professor of Physics and Philosophy at Boston University and Chairman of the Center for the Philosophy and History of Science. He is author of Physical Science, numerous articles in his field, and editor of three series: The Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, The Vienna Circle Collection, and Studies in the History of Modern Science.
R. M. Martin is a research associate at the Boston University Center for the Philosophy and History of Science and Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. His latest book is Mind, Modality, Meaning and Method from SUNY Press.
Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Hope College, Merold Westphal is author of History and Truth in Hegels Phenomenology, numerous articles and past president of the Hegel Society of America.
The book is in the tradition of Moore, Rashfall, Ross, Scheler and Hartmann though it avoids altogether dogmatic intuitive methods. It argues that an organised framework of ends of action follows from the attitude underlying our moral pronouncements, and that this framework, while allowing personal elaboration, is not a matter for individual decision. The relations connecting our fundamental value-judgements with one another, and the frames of mind behind them, are not rigorously deductive but are sufficiently compelling to be called logical. Something of a ‘transcendental deduction’ of a well-ordered family for our basic heads of valuation is both possible and necessary. The work is further critical of the notion of obligation which has been extended far beyond legal contracts and understandings. The book also contains a chapter on religion.
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