“The Triumph of Practice Over Theory in Ethics,” by James P. Sterba, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, was published this month by Oxford University Press.
Sterbas book combines the approaches of historical and applied ethics to introduce students or general readers to the field. Examining theories and controversies arising from Aristotelian, Kantian, and utilitarian ethics, he applies their arguments and methods to such moral problems as sexual harassment, affirmative action, international terrorism and the second Iraqi war.
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1973, Sterba teaches and writes about political philosophy, environmental ethics, and the philosophy of peace and justice. He has written numerous articles on these and other subjects and 23 other books, including “How to Make People Just,” “Contemporary Ethics,” “Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy,” “Morality in Practice,” “Social and Political Philosophy: Classical Western Texts in Feminist and Multicultural Perspectives,” “Feminist Philosophies,” and “Justice: Alternative Political Perspectives.”
A fellow of Notre Dames Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Sterba also is past president of the International Society for Social and Legal Philosophy (the American Section), past president of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, and past president of the North American Society for Social Philosophy.
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