Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 11, 2003

bySimon Blackburn

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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 'sparklingly clear'(Guardian) 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.

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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 'sparklingly clear'(Guardian) introduction to ethics Simon Blackb...

Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Until recently he was Edna J. Doury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, and from 1969 to 1999 a Fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College, Oxford. His books include Spreading the Word (1984), Essays in Quasi-Realism (1993), The...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 11, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of IllustrationsIntroductionSeven Threats to Ethics1. The Threat of the Death of God2. The Threat of Relativism3. The Threat of Egoism4. The Threat from Evolutionary Theory5. The Threat of Determinism and Futility6. The Threat of Unreasonable Demands7. The Threat of False ConsciousnessSome Ethical Ideas8. Birth9. Death10. Desire and the Meaning of Life11. Pleasure12. The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number13. Freedom from the Bad14. Freedom and Paternalism15. Rights and Natural RightsFoundations?16. Reasons and Foundations17. Living Well and Doing Good18. The Categorical Imperative19. Contracts and Discourse20. The Common Point of View21. Confidence RestoredFurther ReadingIndex

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`a first rate and accessible guide which tackles the huge, perpetual questions'Nottingham Evaning Post