Ethics : a very short introduction

Simon Blackburn

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 'sparklingly clear' (Guardian) 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: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • Preface
  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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書名 Ethics : a very short introduction
著作者等 Blackburn, Simon
シリーズ名 Very short introductions
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2003, c2001
ページ数 139 p.
大きさ 18 cm
ISBN 9780192804426
NCID BA65883397
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス