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Very Short Introductions #80: Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

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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 clear 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 of life, and how we should mistrust the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

About the Author

Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Until recently he was Edna J. Doury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, and from 1969 to 1999 a Fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College, Oxford. His books include Spreading the Word (1984), Essays in Quasi-Realism (1993), The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (1994), Ruling Passions (1998), and Truth (co-edited with Keith Simmons, 1999), and the best-selling Think (1999). He edited the journal Mind from 1984 to 1990.

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Illustrations

Introduction

Seven Threats to Ethics

1. The Threat of the Death of God

2. The Threat of Relativism

3. The Threat of Egoism

4. The Threat from Evolutionary Theory

5. The Threat of Determinism and Futility

6. The Threat of Unreasonable Demands

7. The Threat of False Consciousness

Some Ethical Ideas

8. Birth

9. Death

10. Desire and the Meaning of Life

11. Pleasure

12. The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number

13. Freedom from the Bad

14. Freedom and Paternalism

15. Rights and Natural Rights

Foundations?

16. Reasons and Foundations

17. Living Well and Doing Good

18. The Categorical Imperative

19. Contracts and Discourse

20. The Common Point of View

21. Confidence Restored

Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192804426
Author:
BLACKBURN, SIMON
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Blackburn, Simon
Author:
null, Simon
Location:
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Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
Moral Philosophy
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Copyright:
Series:
VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION S.
Series Volume:
80
Publication Date:
September 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
170 x 110 in.

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