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Being Good : A Short Introduction to Ethics

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0192853775
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Pub. Date:
4/17/2003
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Oxford University Press
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Summary

Eminent philosopher Blackburn tackles the basics of ethics in this eloquent, engaging companion to his bestselling "Think." 12 halftones.

Author Biography


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 was a Fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College, Oxford. He is the author of The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (1994) and the best-selling Think (OUP, 1999), among other books.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
ix
Introduction 1(8)
PART I. SEVEN THREATS TO ETHICS
9(47)
The Death of God
10(9)
Relativism
19(10)
Egoism
29(8)
Evolutionary Theory
37(6)
Determinism and Futility
43(4)
Unreasonable Demands
47(3)
False Consciousness
50(6)
PART II. SOME ETHICAL IDEAS
56(52)
Birth
57(8)
Death
65(9)
Desire and the Meaning of Life
74(7)
Pleasure
81(5)
The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number
86(7)
Freedom from the Bad
93(4)
Freedom and Paternalism
97(6)
Rights and Natural Rights
103(5)
PART III. FOUNDATIONS
108(28)
Reasons and Foundations
108(4)
Being Good and Living Well
112(4)
The Categorical Imperative
116(9)
Contracts and Discourse
125(4)
The Common Point of View
129(4)
Confidence Restored
133(3)
Appendix. The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights 136(9)
Notes and Further Reading 145(8)
Picture Credits 153(2)
Bibliography 155(6)
Index 161


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