Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

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by Simon Blackburn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0192804421

ISBN-13: 9780192804426

Pub. Date: 09/14/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures is dogged by scepticism, relativism, hypocrisy, and nihilism, by the fear that in a Godless world science has unmasked us as creatures fated by our genes to be selfish and tribalistic, or competitive and aggressive. In this clear introduction to ethics Simon Blackburn tackles the major moral questions surrounding

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Our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures is dogged by scepticism, relativism, hypocrisy, and nihilism, by the fear that in a Godless world science has unmasked us as creatures fated by our genes to be selfish and tribalistic, or competitive and aggressive. In this clear introduction to ethics Simon Blackburn tackles the major moral questions surrounding birth, death, happiness, desire and freedom, showing us how we should think about the meaning of life, and how we should mistrust the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192804426
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/14/2009
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
475,427
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Seven Threats to Ethics
1. The Threat of the Death of God
2. The Threat of Relativism
3. The Threat of Egoism
4. The Threat from Evolutionary Theory
5. The Threat of Determinism and Futility
6. The Threat of Unreasonable Demands
7. The Threat of False Consciousness
Some Ethical Ideas
8. Birth
9. Death
10. Desire and the Meaning of Life
11. Pleasure
12. The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number
13. Freedom from the Bad
14. Freedom and Paternalism
15. Rights and Natural Rights
Foundations?
16. Reasons and Foundations
17. Living Well and Doing Good
18. The Categorical Imperative
19. Contracts and Discourse
20. The Common Point of View
21. Confidence Restored
Further Reading
Index

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