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Gert, Bernard 1934-

Works: 34 works in 263 publications in 5 languages and 10,304 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other
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Most widely held works by Bernard Gert
Morality : its nature and justification by Bernard Gert( )

43 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 2,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this final revision of the classic work, the author has produced the fullest and most sophisticated account of this influential theoretical model. Here, he makes clear that morality is an informal system that does not provide unique answers to every moral question but does always limit the range of morally acceptable options, and so explains why some moral disagreements cannot be resolved. The importance placed on the moral ideals also makes clear that the moral rules are only one part of the moral system. A chapter that is devoted to justifying violations of the rules illustrates how the moral rules are embedded in the system and cannot be adequately understood independently of it. The chapter on reasons includes a new account of what makes one reason better than another and elucidates the complex hybrid nature of rationality
Common morality : deciding what to do by Bernard Gert( Book )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here distinguished philosopher Bernard Gert presents an introduction to what he calls "common morality"--The moral system that most thoughtful people implicitly use when making everyday, commonsense moral decisions and judgments. Common Morality is useful in that - while not resolving every disagreement on controversial issues - it is able to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable answers to moral problems." "The distillation of over 40 years of scholarship, this book is the most accessible version of Gert's influential theory of morality as well as an eye-opening look at the moral foundations of our everyday actions. Throughout the discussion is clear enough for a reader with little or no philosophy background."--Jacket
Bioethics : a return to fundamentals by Bernard Gert( Book )

15 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An updated and expanded successor to Culver and Gert's Philosophy in Medicine, this book integrates moral philosophy with clinical medicine to present a comprehensive summary of the theory, concepts, and lines of reasoning underlying the field of bioethics. Rather than concentrating narrowly on bioethics and investigating moral philosophy only marginally, the authors provide an explicit account of common morality and show how it applies to and is modified by the realities of clinical medicine. Such broader knowledge finds its specific practical application when one attempts to resolve the more complex and difficult cases. This book does not attempt to settle all controversial matters, but rather provides an ethical framework that various parties to the dispute can accept and use as a basis for reaching agreement. Thus, the authors' main goal is to facilitate ethical discussion. Their detailed analyses of death and disease maintain the theoretical objectivity of these concepts while recognizing their central role in social and medical practices.; They also provide in-depth discussions of the central concepts and issues in bioethics: competence, consent, justification for moral rule violations, and confidentiality. Paternalism, one of the most pervasive problems in clinical medicine, is accorded special attention. All these concepts have been integrated and systematically grounded within common morality. The book is richly illustrated with discussions of clinical cases. The authors explicitly compare their position with other accounts of bioethics such as principlism, casuistry, and virtue theory. Their discussion of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide clarifies and evaluates the recent legal decisions on these topics. The arguments throughout the volume stand out with characteristic clarity and cogency. A fresh and all-encompassing approach to bioethics that does not shy away from controversy, Bioethics: A Return to Fundamentals will interest not only students in philosophy of medicine and medical ethics courses, but also moral philosophers and bioethicists, as well as doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals
Bioethics : a systematic approach by Bernard Gert( )

24 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book uses the systematic account of our common morality developed by one of its authors to provide a useful foundation for dealing with the moral problems and disputes that occur in the practice of medicine. The analyses of impartiality, rationality, and of morality as a public system not only explain why some bioethical questions, such as the moral acceptability of abortion, cannot be resolved, but also provide a method for determining the correct answer for those occasions when a bioethical question has a unique correct answer. This new edition includes an entire chapter that has been added to address the controversial issue of abortion within the authors' distinct framework
Morality : a new justification of the Moral rules by Bernard Gert( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a revised, enlarged, and broadened version of Gert's classic 1970 book, The Moral Rules. Advocating an approach he terms "morality as impartial rationality," Gert here presents a full discussion of his moral theory, adding a wealth of new illuminating detail to his analysis of the concepts--rationality/irrationality, good/evil, and impartiality--by which he defines morality. He constructs a "moral system" that includes rules prohibiting the kinds of actions that cause evil, procedures for determining when violation of the rules is permitted, and ideals which encourage actions that prevent or relieve suffering. To be valid, Gert argues, any such system must be "a public system that applies to all rational persons." The book concludes with a discussion of medical ethics, demonstrating the link between moral theory and its application to real moral problems
Man and citizen. Thomas Hobbes's De homine by Thomas Hobbes( Book )

48 editions published between 1972 and 1998 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moral rules; a new rational foundation for morality by Bernard Gert( Book )

20 editions published between 1966 and 1975 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy in medicine : conceptual and ethical issues in medicine and psychiatry by Charles M Culver( Book )

12 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Battle Hall Davies' brother Nick ran away from home when she was in high school. Now he has found her and she is going to stay with him for the summer before starting college. Battle discovers that neither she nor her brother is the person she thought they were
Hobbes : prince of peace by Bernard Gert( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Hobbes was the first great English political philosopher. His work excited intense controversy among his contemporaries and continues to do so in our own time
Morality and the new genetics : a guide for students and health care providers( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Moralischen Regeln : eine neue rationale Begründung der Moral by Bernard Gert( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in German and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Innerhalb der umfangreichen Literatur zur Ethik seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs ist das Buch von Gert, obwohl bisher eher wenig beachtet, eines der substantiellsten und originellsten. Es ist einfach und spannend geschrieben, auch für den Laien gut lesbar und stellt andererseits für den "Fachmann" eine Position dar, mit der sich gründlich auseinanderzusetzen er nicht umhin kann. Der originellste Aspekt dieser Position ist der Ausgangspunkt beim Begriff des Übels. Man könnte insofern Gerts Position als einen negativen Utilitarismus bezeichnen. Gegen den gewöhnlichen Utilitarismus wird der Primat des Begriffs des Übels gegen den des Guten hervorgehoben. Ebenso wichtig ist für Gert der Begriff der Handlungsrationalität. Ein Übel ist nach Gert etwas, was alle Menschen, wenn sie nur rational sind, zu vermeiden versuchen. Daraus folgt, daß es für alle rational ist, universale Regeln öffentlich zu befürworten. So ergeben sich "moralische Grundregeln", durch deren Explikation Gert die in ethischen Schriften so häufige Verflüchtigung in die Abstraktion vermeidet
Gong zhong lun li : zai dao de shi zi lu kou de jue ze by Wentian Zhang( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in Chinese and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A philosophical approach to the management of occupational health hazards by June Fessenden-Raden( Book )

2 editions published between 1900 and 1984 in Undetermined and English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moral philosophy of Thomas Hobbes by Bernard Gert( )

3 editions published between 1962 and 1977 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Igaku ni okeru tetsugaku no kōyō( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rationality and medicine( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Free will as the ability to will by Bernard Gert( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Common morality : deciding what to do by Bernard Gert( Recording )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moral problems do not always come in the form of great social controversies. More often, the moral decisions we make are made quietly, constantly, and within the context of everyday activities and quotidian dilemmas. Indeed, these smaller decisions are based on a moral foundation that few of us ever stop to think about but which guides our every action. [In this volume, the author] presents [an] introduction to what he calls "common morality"--The moral system that most thoughtful people implicitly use when making everyday, common sense moral decisions and judgments. [This volume] is useful in that - while not resolving every disagreement on controversial issues - it is able to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable answers to moral problems. [It] lays out the fundamental features of common morality: moral rules, moral ideals, and a two-step procedure for determining when a violation of a moral rule is justified. Written in a non-technical style, the ten general moral rules include rules on which everyone can agree, such as "do not kill," "do not deceive," and "keep your promises." The moral ideals include similarly uncontroversial precepts such as "Relieve pain" and "Aid the needy." [It also] examines the underlying concepts that justify common morality, such as the notions of rationality and impartiality.-Dust jacket
Bioetyka : ujęcie systematyczne by Bernard Gert( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Bernard Gert American philosopher

Bernard Gert Amerikaans filosoof (1934-2011)

Bernard Gert filòsof estatunidenc

Bernard Gert filósofo estadounidense

Bernard Gert philosophe américain

Bernard Gert US-amerikanischer Philosoph

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Common morality : deciding what to doBioethics : a return to fundamentalsBioethics : a systematic approachMan and citizen. Thomas Hobbes's De homineHobbes : prince of peaceMorality and the new genetics : a guide for students and health care providersMan and citizen : Thomas Hobbes's De Homine ..., and the translation of De cive attributed to Thomas Hobbes, also known as Philosophical rudiments concerning government and society = (De homine and De cive)