For courses in Ethics, Ethical Theory, or Moral Philosophy, this text is an original inquiry into the nature of morality and our knowledge of it. The author argues that each person is capable of arriving at tested moral conclusions on the basis of experience. The development of moral theory is conducted here in conjunction with an account of scientific theory and method.
Rather than simply providing a survey, the book poses an original argument, introducing and commenting upon most of the traditional moral problems and major philosophers. In presenting the case for moral consequentialism, the author treats morality not as an academic exercise but as a live problem of urgent importance.