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The Moral Life

Essays in Honour of John Cottingham

  • Nafsika Athanassoulis
  • Samantha Vice

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Nafsika Athanassoulis, Samantha Vice
      Pages 1-5
  3. Partiality, Spirituality and Character

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Maximilian de Gaynesford
      Pages 31-57
    3. David S. Oderberg
      Pages 58-84
  4. The Emotions and the Good Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Nafsika Athanassoulis
      Pages 87-110
    3. Seiriol Morgan
      Pages 111-138
    4. Michael Lacewing
      Pages 139-163
  5. The Meaning of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Roger Crisp
      Pages 167-183
    3. Thaddeus Metz
      Pages 201-227
  6. Replies and Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. John Cottingham
      Pages 231-274
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-278

About this book


A collection of essays by leading philosophers on the work of John Cottingham, focussing on his work in moral philosophy, discussing themes from his contributions to the debate on partiality and impartiality, the role of the emotions in the good life and the meaning of the worthwhile life. Including a 'replies' chapter by John Cottingham.


god moral philosophy morality philosophy religion

Editors and affiliations

  • Nafsika Athanassoulis
    • 1
  • Samantha Vice
    • 2
  1. 1.Keele UniversityUK
  2. 2.Rhodes UniversitySouth Africa

About the editors

ROGER CRISP is Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Anne's College, Oxford, UK MAXIMILIAN DE GAYNESFORD is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK BRAD HOOKER is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK MICHAEL LACEWING is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London, UK THADDEUS METZ is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Wits Centre for Ethics, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa SEIRIOL MORGAN is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Bristol, UK DAVID S. ODERBERG is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK

Bibliographic information


'This fine collection of essays honors the distinguished work of John Cottingham. The contributors examine critically his distinctive and thoughtful treatments of some of the most fundamental questions in ethics, such as the meaning of life, the connection between religion and ethics, the psychoanalytic approach to human motivation, and the place of emotions in ethics. Cottingham's replies defend, develop, and clarify his views. All in all, this is a most valuable exchange showing how philosophy can be done reasonably and humanistically without the mock precision and jargon that imitates scientific writings.' - John Kekes

'This is a very fine collection of essays, celebrating John Cottingham's seminal work on three major issues: the place of impartiality and partiality in ethics and in our lives; the interplay of reason and emotion; and the relation between the religious attitude and the meaning of life. The contributors engage closely with Cottingham's work, which gives a remarkable thematic unity to the book. I recommend it highly.' - Professor David McNaughton, Honorary Vice-President, British Society for Ethical Theory