Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? / Edition 1

Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? / Edition 1

by Russ Shafer-Landau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195168739

ISBN-13: 9780195168730

Pub. Date: 10/02/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Since September 11, 2001, many people in the United States have been more inclined to use the language of good and evil, and to be more comfortable with the idea that certain moral standards are objective (true independently of what anyone happens to think of them). Some people, especially those who are not religious, are not sure how to substantiate this…  See more details below

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Since September 11, 2001, many people in the United States have been more inclined to use the language of good and evil, and to be more comfortable with the idea that certain moral standards are objective (true independently of what anyone happens to think of them). Some people, especially those who are not religious, are not sure how to substantiate this view. Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? provides a basis for exploring these doubts and ultimately defends the objectivity of ethics. Engaging and accessible, it is the first introduction to meta-ethics written especially for students and general readers with no philosophical background. Focusing on the issues at the foundation of morality, it poses such questions as: How can we know what is right and wrong? Does ethical objectivity require God? Why should I be moral? Where do moral standards come from? What is a moral value, and how can it exist in a scientific world? Do cultural diversity and persistent moral disagreement support moral skepticism?
Writing in a clear and lively style and employing many examples to illustrate theoretical arguments, Russ Shafer-Landau identifies the many weaknesses in contemporary moral skepticism and devotes considerable attention to presenting, and critiquing, the most difficult objections to his view. Also included in the book are a helpful summary of all the major arguments covered, as well as a glossary of key philosophical terms. Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? is ideal for a variety of philosophy courses and compelling reading for anyone interested in ethics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195168730
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/02/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
195,954
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
PART I: THE STATUS OF MORALITY
1. The Nature of the Problem
2. The Philosophical Terrain
PART II: AGAINST MORAL SKEPTICISM
3. Moral Error
4. Moral Equivalence
5. Moral Progress and Moral Comparison
6. Dogmatism
7. Tolerance
8. Arbitrariness
9. Contradiction and Disagreement
10. Relativism and Contradiction
11. Is Moral Skepticism Self-Refuting?
PART III: MORAL OBJECTIVITY DEFENDED
12. How Ethical Objectivism Solves the Problems of Moral Skepticism
13. Universality, Objectivity, Absolutism
14. The (Un)Importance of Moral Disagreement
15. Does Ethical Objectivity Require God?
16. Where Do Moral Standards Come From?
17. Values in a Scientific World
18. Moral Knowledge I: Four Skeptical Arguments
19. Moral Knowledge II: The Regress Argument
20. Why Be Moral?
Conclusion
Synopsis of the Major Arguments
Glossary
Index

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