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There is no way that I can provide a complete account of common morality in 30 minutes. I hope to be able to answer your questions or objections in the question period that follows, but you should know that there are two books that contain a more complete account of this material. Common Morality: Deciding What to Do Paperback edition, 188 pp, which is itself an abbreviation of a bigger book, Morality: Its Nature and Justification, Revised Edition, 434 pp. You will notice that the title of the first slide is the title of the smaller book, this is to make the point that self-interest and morality need not conflict.

BERNARD GERT is Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, Emeritus, Dartmouth College, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Research Professor, Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is author of Common Morality: Deciding What to Do (2004), paperback edition (2007), Morality: Its Nature and Justification, revised edition (2005) and Hobbes: Prince of Peace (2010). First author of Morality and the New Genetics: A Guide for Students and Health Care Providers, (1996) and Bioethics: A Systematic Approach, (2006), and editor of Man and Citizen, (Thomas Hobbes's De Cive and Chapters X-XV of De Homine) (1972, 1991).


Links to video of this lecture at UN conference, Toward a Common Morality, September 11, 2009