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Being good : a short introduction to ethics

Author: Simon Blackburn
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Blackburn
ISBN: 0192100521 9780192100528
OCLC Number: 51644518
Description: x, 162 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Contents: Seven threats to ethics: 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 --
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 --
Categorical imperative --
Contracts and discourse --
Common point of view --
Confidence restored --
Appendix: United Nations' universal declaration of human rights.
Responsibility: Simon Blackburn.

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A short introduction to ethics, in three parts. The first discusses reasons for scepticism about ethics; the second introduces birth, death, happiness, desire and freedom, to show how our lives are  Read more...

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"A brief introduction to ethics, one that plays lightly and gracefully over a number of philosophical themes, including the relationship between being good and living well."--Jim Holt, New Yorker"A Read more...

 
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