Philippa Foot is one of the most original and widely respected philosophers of our time; her work has exerted a lasting influence on the development of moral philosophy. In tribute to her, twelve leading philosophers from both sides of the Atlantic have contributed essays exploring the various topics in moral philosophy to which she has made a distinctive contribution--virtue ethics, naturalism, non-cognitivism, relativism, categorical requirements, and the role of rationality in morality.
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About Philippa Foot: Philippa Foot has been associated with Oxford University since 1939, when she started her PPE degree. She taught and worked at Somerville College from 1947 to 1969, and has been a Fellow since 1949. From 1969 to 1991 she worked in the USA, holding Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Cornell, MIT, UCLA, Washington, Berkeley, the Graduate Centre at CUNY, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell, Princeton, and Stanford; from 1976 she held the post of Professor in Residence at UCLA. She is the author of Virtues and Vices (1978) and the editor of the volume on Theories of Ethics in the Oxford Readings in Philosophy series (1967). She is one of the founding members of OXFAM, and all royalties from sales of this volume will be donated to that charity.Review:
`A short review cannot hope to do justice to all the interesting (and controversial) material to be found in these dedicatory essays.'
Michael Slote, Philosophical Quarterly
`To be welcomed for more reasons than one. Most obviously, it is fitting that Foot's salutary influence on moral theory should be celebrated by such a fine set of papers ... the papers in the volume have much to offer.'
Times Literary Supplement
`The twelve contributors include many distinguished philosphers; their varied contributions go to a set of themes distilled in Foot's own collection Virtues and Vices ... still a great pleasure to read, with its unfailing clear-headedness, its harmony of conviction and modesty, and the honest
and unfussy directness of its arguments. Moreover, it is still philosophically instructive and provocative; as the essays in this Festschrift show.'
Margaret Urban Walker, Fordham University, International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXXVII, No.2, Issue No. 146, June 1997
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