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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/14/2009
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.50" long x 0.25" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|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|
|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|
|Living Well and Doing Good|
|The Categorical Imperative|
|Contracts and Discourse|
|The Common Point of View|