(p. vii) Preface
(p. vii) Preface
The twenty-two chapters of this book represent the current state of debate on the wide range of issues discussed in moral philosophy. The authors do not merely survey the field. They present and defend a point of view, sometimes a contentious point of view, and sometimes one that is disputed in another chapter in the volume. The chapters are demanding, and written at a professional level, but with the intention of being accessible to any sophisticated reader who has at least some background in philosophy. The introduction is intended to provide an overview of the field of ethical theory as well as an overview of the essays. I hope it will make the book more useful. My hope for the volume as a whole is that it will contribute to the continued flowering of moral philosophy.
I am grateful to many people for their help with the book and for their encouragement. My most important debt, of course, is to the authors of the essays, first for the very high quality of their work, but also for their patience. The volume took longer to put together than I had foreseen. For encouraging me to accept the challenge of doing the book, I thank Christopher Morris, Marina Oshana, and my editor at Oxford, Peter Ohlin. Tom Hurka gave me very helpful advice at several important points while I was working on the volume, as did John Fischer. I am sure that there are people who I have forgotten to mention, and I would like to thank them while apologizing for my memory. Many people gave me helpful advice about the introduction. I thank them by name in a note to that chapter. (p. viii)