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Being good : a short introduction to ethics

Author: Simon Blackburn
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents seven threats to ethics, including relativism, egoism, and evolutionary theory, and draws upon ancient and modern debates and philosophical tenets to show how to keep ethics alive and vital.
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Blackburn
ISBN: 0192100521 9780192100528 9780192853776 0192853775
OCLC Number: 54118543
Notes: Originally published: 2001.
Description: x, 162 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Contents: Part I. Seven threats to ethics. The death of God --
Relativism --
Egoism --
Evolutionary theory --
Determinism and futility --
Unreasonable demands --
False consciousness. Part II. 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. Part III. Foundations. Reasons and foundations --
Being good and living well --
The categorical imperative --
Contracts and discourse --
The common point of view --
Confidence restored.
Responsibility: Simon Blackburn.

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This is a very short introduction to ethics. It divides into three parts: first, introducing and discussing reasons for skepticism about ethics; second introducing themes of birth, death, happiness,  Read more...

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'a first rate and accessible guide which tackles the huge, perpetual questions' * Nottingham Evaning Post * 'sparklingly clear' * Guardian * 'enjoyable and extremely readable . . . Blackburn . . . is Read more...

 
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