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The Moral Quest for a More Credible Principle of Beneficence

Title: The Moral Quest for a More Credible Principle of Beneficence
Subject Classification: Philosophy, Morals
BIC Classification: HP, HPQ
Binding: Hardback, Paperback, ebook, pp.224
Publication date: 3rd February 2022
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-871891-93-5
ISBN (Paperback): 978-1-80441-256-5
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-871891-94-2


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This book critically analyses the basic questions regarding the principle of beneficence within its moral domain, to suggest and work out a more credible form of Principle of Beneficence. The Moral Quest for a More Credible Principle of Beneficence evolves from the common goodness of the three major confronting theories of ethics, i.e., Utilitarianism, Deontology, and Virtue Ethics. After analysing and exploring the common ground of the three views, the aim is to prescribe a more convincing form of the principle of beneficence. 

The book starts with a brief discussion of the principle of beneficence and then critically analyses previous views related to the principle of beneficence, virtue of benevolence, and their relationship, and proposes a more credible form of the Principle of Beneficence. The Moral Quest for a More Credible Principle of Beneficence aims to provide a significant contribution towards the theory of beneficence.


Author: Dr. Prasasti Pandit is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy under the West Bengal Education Service, India, and served as an Invited Guest Lecturer for James Madison University, USA. She has the experience of teaching philosophy to undergraduate and graduate students since 2014. She completed her Ph.D. in 2020 from Visva-Bharati University, India. Her specialized research interests include Normative Ethics, Virtue Ethics, History of Western Epistemology, and Indian Philosophy.


“This book presents an in-depth study of the Principle of Beneficence, and its relation with the Principle of Benevolence in the moral context of normative theories. After a critical analysis, It attempts to carefully develop an alternative form of Principle of Beneficence that is more convincing, calling upon the inner humanity - deeply rooted in us, yet often ignored.  The book is a significant contribution in the field and can be of interest to philosophers, scientists in general, researchers, and graduate students in general.” 

- Asha Mukherjee, Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religion, Former Director, Women's Studies Centre, Visva-Bharati University, India

“Dr. Pandit has offered us a most important evaluation of Utilitarianism, Deontology, and Virtue Ethics, leading us to a more credible form of beneficence as fundamental to the foundations of ethics”

- William O'Meara, Department of  Philosophy and Religion, James Madison University, USA


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