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Karma, Causation and Retributive Morality: Conceptual Essays in Ethics and Metaethics

Rajendra Prasad (Author)

This collection of essays provides a conceptual analysis of various aspects of moral philosophy. After giving his strikingly novel answer to the question 'Does metaethics have any ethical implication?' Professor Prasad gives his theory of moral language and moral logic, identifying the role of rationality in the moral life. His approach is non-cognitivist, yet neither emotivist nor prescriptivist. He presents an incisive critique of G.E. Moore and concludes that his naturalistic fallacy technique of refuting a theory is unusable.

Professor Prasad's analysis of certain foundational aspects of classical Indian ethics is bold and original. Finally, he discusses some normative issues showing that conceptual analysis is as relevant in their case as it is in the discussion of the logic of morals.

The book will be useful for teachers and students of philosophy and will interest the general readers as well.

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About the author

Rajendra Prasad

Rajendra Prasad (b. 1926) taught Philosophy at Patna University and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has been a Fulbright/Smith-Mundt Fellow, a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation, U.S.A. and until very recently a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research. He has published many scholarly papers in several learned journals. His publications include Regularity, Normativity and Rules of Language and Darsana Sastra Ki Ruparekha (in Hindi); Ends and Means in Private and Public Life (edited). He has also edited the journals Indian Review of Philosophy and Darsanika Traimasika, and is currently a co-editor of Indian Philosophical Quarterly and Paramarsa.

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Title Karma, Causation and Retributive Morality: Conceptual Essays in Ethics and Metaethics
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2004
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121504818
length 439p., 8.8" X 5.8".