Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?

ISBN-10: 0195168739

ISBN-13: 9780195168730

Edition: 2003

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Description: This is a brief introduction to ethics, with a point of view. This book addresses "meta-ethical" questions that go beyond what most introductory ethics books address, which are "normative" theories (egoism, utilitarianism, etc.) and "applied" ethics (abortion, capital punishment, etc.).Instead this book focuses on whether our ethical views on such matters can themselves be true or false, and, if so, whether their truth lies in personal or cultural opinion, or some objective, independent standard. With many examples, and an emphasis on argumentative clarity, this book is ideal for introductory ethics and philosophy courses and the interested general reader.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Status of Morality
The Nature of the Problem
The Philosophical Terrain
Against Moral Skepticism
Moral Error
Moral Equivalence
Moral Progress and Moral Comparison
Dogmatism
Tolerance
Arbitrariness
Contradiction and Disagreement
Relativism and Contradiction
Is Moral Skepticism Self-Refuting?
Moral Objectivity Defended
How Ethical Objectivism Solves the Problems of Moral Skepticism
Universality, Objectivity, Absolutism
The (Un)Importance of Moral Disagreement
Does Ethical Objectivity Require God?
Where Do Moral Standards Come From?
Values in a Scientific World
Moral Knowledge I: Four Skeptical Arguments
Moral Knowledge II: The Regress Argument
Why Be Moral?
Conclusion
Synopsis of the Major Arguments
Glossary
Index
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