© 2002

Ethical Encounter

The Depth of Moral Meaning


Part of the Swansea Studies in Philosophy book series (SWSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 1-19
  3. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 20-44
  4. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 45-60
  5. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 61-73
  6. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 74-85
  7. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 86-103
  8. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 104-129
  9. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 130-146
  10. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 147-164
  11. Christopher Cordner
    Pages 165-177
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 178-208

About this book


This book shows how our moral concepts are nourished by awe, reverence and various forms of love. These ways of encountering the world and other human beings inform our sense of good and evil, of justice and injustice, of obligation, of fidelity and betrayal, and of many virtues and vices. In ways moral philosophy commonly misses, this book shows moral understanding is broadened and deepened by what is disclosed only in these forms of encounter.


ethics moral philosophy morality philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of MelbourneAustralia

About the authors

CHRISTOPHER CORDNER is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. His main philosophical interest is ethics, on which he has published articles in a range of journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ethical Encounter
  • Book Subtitle The Depth of Moral Meaning
  • Authors C. Cordner
  • Series Title Swansea Studies in Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-78636-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-41847-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-50917-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Moral Philosophy
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' intriguing, original grounding for morality...Cordner is a pleasure to read, for he develops his theses through beautifully crafted meditations upon incidents from literature and life. His many fine distinctions and intriguing insights about moral action and motivation will broaden and deepen any reader's understanding of morality...his book is a lyrically written, persuasive evocation of an important strand in the tapestry (or tangle) that constitutes contemporary moral theory.' - Howard J. Curzer, The Philosophical Quarterly