Ethics and Reality: Collected Essays

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Jane Heal
Jenny Teichman's essays contain some of her witty and trenchant pieces and will be relished by connoisseurs.
Nicholas Denyer
The punchy and polemical pieces in this collection will entertain as well as instruct.
Peter Coleman
Jenny Teichman is a clear-eyed philosophical polemicist who elegantly deconstructs many fashionable shibboleths, from euthanasia, abortion and Oregenerative1 cloning to free speech, moral relativism —- and deconstruction itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754605348
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. I Against Scepticism
1 Sceptics and scepticism 3
2 Berkeley's incompatible predicates 7
3 Nietzsche and scepticism 9
4 Richard Rorty and the philosophy of We 18
5 Deconstruction and aerodynamics 25
6 An empiricist dream 34
7 A false pregnancy 38
8 Nihilism refuted? Wilson's attempt 40
9 Thomas Nagel's last word 46
10 Susan Haack: on the side of truth 49
11 The flights of the enchanter 52
12 The Niagara of philosophy 57
13 Moral truth and moral tradition 60
Pt. II Ethics and Reality: Sex and Gender, Life and Death
14 Sex and gender 65
15 The intellectual capacity of David Stove 70
16 Intention and sex 78
17 Illegitimacy and literature 87
18 Love on the couch 95
19 'The grisly science of embryo cloning' 101
20 Bio-ethics and utility 111
21 The false philosophy of Peter Singer 119
22 Free speech and the public platform 127
23 The uses and abuses of philosophy 134
24 What is sacred? 141
25 Life and its meanings 151
Pt. III Ethics and Reality: Tyranny and Terrorism, War and Peace
26 Politicians 161
27 On Hannah Arendt 165
28 'Your terrorist is my freedom fighter' 170
29 How to define terrorism 176
30 The just war 186
Bibliography 197
Index 199
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