Ethics and Reality: Collected Essaysby Jenny Teichman
Pub. Date: 10/01/2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
"The punchy and polemical pieces in this collection will entertain as well as instruct". Nicholas Denyer, Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, UK "Jenny Teichman's essays contain some of her witty and trenchant pieces and will be relished by connoisseurs". Jane Heal, Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, UK "Jenny Teichman is a clear-eyed Âphilosophical polemicist who elegantly deconstructs many fashionable shibboleths, from euthanasia, abortionÂand Å’regenerativeÂ¹ cloning to free speech, moral relativism Â--- and deconstruction itself." Peter Coleman, writer and editor. 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.
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Table of ContentsContents: Preface: Introduction; Against Scepticism: Sceptics and scepticism; Berkeley’s incompatible predicates; Nietzsche and scepticism; Richard Rorty and the philosophy of We; Deconstruction and aerodynamics; An empiricist dream; A false pregnancy; Nihilism refuted? Wilson’s attempt; Thomas Nagel’s last word; Susan Haack: on the side of truth; The flights of the enchanter; The Niagara of philosophy; Moral truth and moral tradition; Ethics and Reality: Sex and Gender, Life and Death: Sex and gender; The intellectual capacity of David Stove; Intention and sex; Illegitimacy and literature; Love on the couch; ’The grisly science of embryo cloning’; Bio-ethics and utility; The false philosophy of Peter Singer; Free speech and the public platform; The uses and abuses of philosophy; What is sacred?; Life and its meanings; Ethics and Reality: Tyranny andTerrorism, War and Peace: Politicians; On Hannah Arendt; ’Your terrorist is my freedom fighter’; How to define terrorism; The just war; Bibliography; Index.
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