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Essays on Ethics and Metaphysics for Judith Jarvis Thomson

The diversity of topics discussed in this book reflects the breadth of Judith Jarvis Thomson's philosophical work. Throughout her long career at MIT, Thomson's straightforward approach and emphasis on problem-solving have shaped philosophy in significant ways. Some of the book's contributions discuss specific moral and political issues such as abortion, self-defense, the rights and obligations of prospective fathers, and political campaign finance. Other contributions concern the foundations of moral theory, focusing on hedonism, virtue ethics, the nature of nonconsequentialism, and the objectivity of moral claims. Finally, contributions in metaphysics and epistemology discuss the existence of sets, the structures reflected in conditional statements, and the commitments of testimony.

Contributors: Jonathan Bennett, Richard L. Cartwright, Joshua Cohen, N. Ann Davis, Catherine Z. Elgin, Gilbert Harman, Barbara Herman, Frances Myrna Kamm, Claudia Mills, T.M. Scanlon, Ernest Sosa.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. 1. Conditionals and Explanations

    Jonathan Bennett

  4. 2. A Question about Sets

    Richard L. Cartwright

  5. 3. Money, Politics, Political Equality

    Joshua Cohen

  6. 4. Fiddling Second: Reflection on "A Defense of Abortion"

    N. Ann Davis

  7. 5. Word Giving, Word Taking

    Catherine Z. Elgin

  8. 6. Virtue Ethics without Character Traits

    Gilbert Harman

  9. 7. Rethinking Kant's Hedonism

    Barbara Herman

  10. 8. Toward the Essence of Nonconsequentialism

    F. M. Kamm

  11. 9. What Do Fathers Owe Their Children?

    Claudia Mills

  12. 10. Thomson on Self-Defense

    T. M. Scanlon

  13. 11. Objectivity without Absolutes

    Ernest Sosa

  14. Bibliography of Judith Jarvis Thomson
  15. contributors
  16. Index