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Ethics : a very short introduction (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Simon Blackburn

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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." --Front flap.… (more)
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I may be a poor judge of the value of this book as an "introduction," since I've had lots of previous exposure. With that caveat, I found this small tome both enjoyable and instructive. A good companion volume for those looking for more introductory material, consider The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy. ( )
  dono421846 | Sep 2, 2017 |
A good overview of the theories and challenges in ethics. Necessarily open-ended, given the subject, Blackburn does not provide foregone conclusions, but rather he invites the reader to consider our position and our progress (or lack of it) through the various philosophies that have waxed and waned over time. ( )
1 vote Tselja | May 4, 2010 |
I found this book to be a little more well organized than the others in the same series. It was a little easier to read. ( )
  M.Campanella | Aug 14, 2009 |
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