ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

My views on moral philosophy have been constantly and profoundly influenced by the conversations I have had and the books and articles I have read. But it is far too late in the day, I fear, to try to identify most of the specific points of influence. I know that I have shamelessly appropriated insights and arguments whenever they have seemed plausible to me -- making them my own -- and now I am no longer able to give detailed credit for most of these ideas. But credit and gratitude are most certainly due, to all those who have taught me: my colleagues, my students, and my teachers.

Special thanks should go to Gina Novick. It was Gina who first persuaded me to write this book. And then -- years later -- she read it in manuscript and showed me how to make it better.

Shelly Kagan

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  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 - Preliminaries 1
  • Part One - Factors 23
  • 2 - The God 25
  • 3 - Doing Harm 70
  • 4 - Other Constraints 106
  • 5 - Further Factors 153
  • Part Two - Foundations 187
  • 6 - Teleological Foundations 189
  • 7 - Deontological Foundations 240
  • Suggested Readings 305
  • References 321
  • About the Book and Author 329
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