Ethics and Reality: Collected Essays

Ethics and Reality: Collected Essays

by Jenny Teichman
     
 

Ethics and Reality presents a new collection of Jenny Teichman's most important essays across a wide spectrum of ethical issues. Teichman explores a range of human problems including: war and peace, tyranny and terrorism, sex and gender and life and death. Focusing particularly on philosophical scepticism and reality, Teichman argues that if scepticism is… See more details below

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Ethics and Reality presents a new collection of Jenny Teichman's most important essays across a wide spectrum of ethical issues. Teichman explores a range of human problems including: war and peace, tyranny and terrorism, sex and gender and life and death. Focusing particularly on philosophical scepticism and reality, Teichman argues that if scepticism is irrefutable then ethical reasoning has no connection with reality and what look like genuine human dilemmas must be purely imaginary. The essays in the first part of this book are intended to show that scepticism can be rebutted; those in the second and third sections exemplify the applicaion of moral reasoning to inescapable quandaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754605348
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. IAgainst Scepticism
1Sceptics and scepticism3
2Berkeley's incompatible predicates7
3Nietzsche and scepticism9
4Richard Rorty and the philosophy of We18
5Deconstruction and aerodynamics25
6An empiricist dream34
7A false pregnancy38
8Nihilism refuted? Wilson's attempt40
9Thomas Nagel's last word46
10Susan Haack: on the side of truth49
11The flights of the enchanter52
12The Niagara of philosophy57
13Moral truth and moral tradition60
Pt. IIEthics and Reality: Sex and Gender, Life and Death
14Sex and gender65
15The intellectual capacity of David Stove70
16Intention and sex78
17Illegitimacy and literature87
18Love on the couch95
19'The grisly science of embryo cloning'101
20Bio-ethics and utility111
21The false philosophy of Peter Singer119
22Free speech and the public platform127
23The uses and abuses of philosophy134
24What is sacred?141
25Life and its meanings151
Pt. IIIEthics and Reality: Tyranny and Terrorism, War and Peace
26Politicians161
27On Hannah Arendt165
28'Your terrorist is my freedom fighter'170
29How to define terrorism176
30The just war186
Bibliography197
Index199

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