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Being good : an 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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Genre/Form: Einführung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Blackburn, Simon, 1944-
Being good.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001
(OCoLC)653055164
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Blackburn
ISBN: 0192100521 9780192100528 9780192853776 0192853775
OCLC Number: 45648556
Description: x, 162 pages : illustrations ; 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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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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