Being Good A Introduction to Ethics

ISBN-10: 0192100521

ISBN-13: 9780192100528

Edition: 2001

Authors: Simon Blackburn

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From political scandals at the highest levels to inflated repair bills at the local garage, we are seemingly surrounded with unethical behavior, so why should we behave any differently? Why should we go through life anchored down by rules no one else seems to follow? Writing with wit and elegance, Simon Blackburn tackles such questions in this lively look at ethics, highlighting the complications and doubts and troubling issues that spring from the very simple question of how we ought to live. Blackburn dissects many common reasons why we are skeptical about ethics. Drawing on all-too-familiar examples from history, politics, religion and everyday personal experience, he shows how cynicism and self-consciousness can paralyze us into considering ethics a hopeless pursuit. But ethics is neither futile nor irrelevant, he assures us, but an intimate part of the nitty gritty issues of living--of birth, death, happiness, desire, freedom, pleasure, justice. Indeed, from moral dilemmas about abortion and euthanasia, to our obsession with personal rights, to our longing for a sense of meaning in life, our everyday struggles are rife with ethical issues, whether we notice it or not. Blackburn distills the arguments of Hume, Kant and Aristotle down to their essences, to underscore the timeless relevance of our voice of conscience, the pitfalls of complacency, and our concerns about truth, knowledge and human progress. Blackburn's rare combination of depth, rigor and sparkling prose, and his distinguished ranking among contemporary philosophers, mark Being Good as an important statement on our current disenchantment with ethics. It challenges us to take a more thoughtful reading of our ethical climate and to ponder more carefully our own standards of behavior.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/28/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 172
Size: 7.50" wide x 5.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

Seven Threats to Ethics
The Death of God
Evolutionary Theory
Determinism and Futility
Unreasonable Demands
False Consciousness
Some Ethical Ideas
Desire and the Meaning of Life
The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number
Freedom from the Bad
Freedom and Paternalism
Rights and Natural Rights
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
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