Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics

ISBN-10: 0192853775

ISBN-13: 9780192853776

Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Simon Blackburn

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It is not only in our dark hours that scepticism, relativism, hypocrisy, and nihilism dog ethics. Whether it is a matter of giving to charity, or sticking to duty, or insisting on our rights, we can be confused, or be paralysed by the fear that our principles are groundless. Many are afraid that in a Godless world science has unmasked us as creatures fated by our genes to be selfish and tribalistic, or competitive and aggressive. Simon Blackburn, author of the best-selling Think, structures this short introduction around these and other threats to ethics. Confronting seven different objections to our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures, he charts a course through the philosophical quicksands that often engulf us. Then, turning to problems of life and death, he shows how we should think about the meaning of life, and how we should mistrust the sound-bite sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates. Finally he offers a critical tour of the ways the philosophical tradition has tried to provide foundations for ethics, from Plato and Aristotle through to contemporary debates.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 172
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Illustrations
Introduction
Seven Threats to Ethics
The Death of God
Relativism
Egoism
Evolutionary Theory
Determinism and Futility
Unreasonable Demands
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
Being Good and Living Well
The Categorical Imperative
Contracts and Discourse
The Common Point of View
Confidence Restored
The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Notes and Further Reading
Picture Credits
Bibliography
Index
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