INDEX

a
abnormality:
and normality 108
abortion 3 , 4 , 15 , 173
Abraham 71 , 72 , 76
'Absurd, The' 79 , 195
absurdity 192 ­-94;
and happiness 193
act utilitarianism 135 ­-7, 144 ­-9;
and happiness 137 ­-8
action 54 , 78 , 79 , 92 , 116 , 117 , 118 ­-19, 122 , 128 ­-61;
and consequences 148 -9, 159 ;
and desire 22 ­-4;
and ethics 8 ;
and happiness 132 ­-3, 150 ­-1;
and human nature 67 ­-8;
and inclinations 104 ­-5;
and moral worth 123 ;
nature of 139 ;
and pain 132 ­-4;
principles of 110 ;
and reason 93 ­-4, 111 ­-12, 162 ­-4;
and utility 131 ;
and value 85 ­-6;
values of 151 ­-2;
see also spontaneity
aesthetics 73
afterlife 100
Agade, Akkadia 196
AIDS 41 , 42
Alexander the Great 49
Allah 182
Althing164
altruism 23 , 37 , 133 ­-5, 162 , 170 , 173 , 204 ;
and egoism 21 , 169 , 179 , 202
angels 111
anguish 79 ­- 83 , 96 ;
and bad faith 81 ­-3
animals 54 ;
behaviour 59 ­- 60 ;
and humans 66 ;
rational 54 ­-6
anthropology;
and moral philosophy 63
'Anti-Christ, The' 28
anti-semitism 30
apartheid 174
Aquinas, St Thomas 181
Arctic Circle 63
Arendt, Hannah 120 ­-1
Ares 191
Aristippus of Cyrene 40
Aristotelian biology 59 ;
and sociobiology 60 ­-1
Aristotelian physics 5
Aristotle 53 ­- 63 , 68 , 69 , 81 , 99 , 149 ;
and Darwinism 177 ;
and good 66 ;
and good life 56 ­-7;
and happiness 177 ;
and naturalism 69 ­- 70 ;
and pleasure 49 ­- 52 , 53
arrogance 102
art 198 ;
concept of 31
Aryan race 96
assessment:
and prescription 141 ­-3
atheism 75 , 76 ;
and Sartre 75 , 76
Athens, Greece 1 , 4
'attributive' 56
Augustine, St 181
authority 172 ;
see also moral authority

b
Bacon, Francis 5
bad 1 , 2 , 8 , 9 , 37 , 61 , 102 , 128 , 137 , 188 , 195 ;
and biology 58 ­- 60 ;
concept of 62 ;
intrinsic 187 ­-8;
and self-interest 37

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface viii
  • A Note on Further Reading x
  • 1 - Ethics, Truth and Reason 1
  • 2 - Egoism 17
  • 3 - Hedonism 39
  • 4 - Naturalism and Virtue Theory 53
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  • 7 - Utilitarianism 128
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