From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: "Normative ethics involves arriving at moral standards that regulate right and wrong conduct. In a sense, it is a search for an ideal litmus test of proper behavior. The Golden Rule is a classic example of a normative principle: We should do to others what we would want others to do to us... The key assumption in normative ethics is that there is only one ultimate criterion of moral conduct, whether it is a single rule or a set of principles. Unfortunately, philosophers do not agree about what precisely that criterion is..."

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After MacIntyre: In Search of a New American Morality
A look into the current state and possible future of American ethics.
Compatibilism, Incompatibilism, and the Smart Aleck
Ted Honderich on how freedom and determinism are really related, with special attention to Richard Double's views.
Consequentialism
The view that normative properties depend only on consequences; from the Stanford Encyclopedia by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.
Consequentialism, Moralities of Concern, and Selfishness
Ted Honderich on only consequences making actions right (consequentialism), and the selfishness of agent-relative moralities (non-consequentialisms).
Equality and Egalitarianism - What It is Not, Fortunately
Ted Honderich on the misunderstandings and deceptions surrounding egalitarianism.
Equality and Egalitarianism - What It Really Comes To
Ted Honderich's political philosophy on the true basis of the tradition of egalitarianism - The Principle of Equality.
The Free Rider Problem - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Examination of the problem and the logic of collective action. Entry by Russell Hardin.
The Generalized Structure of Ethical Dilemmas
Long essay with many examples. By Kelley L. Ross.
The Golden Rule: Objections
Summarises some objections to the Golden Rule.
Knowledge, Truth, and Duty: Essays on Epistemic Justification, Responsibility, and Virtue - Reviewed by
Thomas D. Senor reviews this collection of essays edited by Matthias Steup. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Living High and Letting Die, by Peter Unger
A radical "liberationist" account of ethics that argues that our ordinary intuitions about the moral status of charitable giving (and refraining from charitable giving), are radically wrong. An online book (with two chapters omitted).
Moral Reality - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Peter Simpson reviews this work by Paul Bloomfield.
Moral Relativism, Moral Diversity, and Human Relations
Louis P. Pojman reviews this book by James Kellenberger. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Morals from Motives - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
N. Athanassoulis reviews this book by Michael Slote.
Punishment - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Discusses philosophical justifications of punishment. Article by Hugo Adam Bedau.
Real Ethics: Reconsidering the Foundations of Morality
Lawrence C. Becker reviews this book by John M. Rist. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
The Structure of Values and Norms
John Horty reviews this book by Sven Ove Hansson. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Value, Respect, and Attachment
Edward Harcourt reviews Joseph Raz's book. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

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