Ethics

ISBN-10: 0192804421
ISBN-13: 9780192804426
Edition: 2003
Authors: Simon Blackburn
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286

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 oflife, and how we should mistrust the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates.

Preface
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Seven Threats to Ethics
The Threat of the Death of God
The Threat of Relativism
The Threat of Egoism
The Threat from Evolutionary Theory
The Threat of Determinism and Futility
The Threat of Unreasonable Demands
The Threat of False Consciousness
Some Ethical Ideas
Birth
Death
Desire and the Meaning of Life
Pleasure
The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number
Freedom from the Bad
Freedom and Paternalism
Rights and Natural Rights
Foundations?
Reasons and Foundations
Living Well and Doing Good
The Categorical Imperative
Contracts and Discourse
The Common Point of View
Confidence Restored
Further Reading
Index

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