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Being Good : Short Introduction to Ethics

Being Good : Short Introduction to Ethics - 03 edition

Being Good : Short Introduction to Ethics - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780192853776

ISBN10: 0192853775

Being Good : Short Introduction to Ethics by Simon Blackburn - ISBN 9780192853776
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Being Good : Short Introduction to Ethics by Simon Blackburn - ISBN 9780192853776

ISBN13: 9780192853776

ISBN10: 0192853775

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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Summary

Writing with wit and elegance, Simon Blackburn tackles the basic questions of ethics in this lively book, highlighting the complications and troubling issues that spring from the very simple question of how we ought to live. Blackburn dissects the many common reasons for why we are skeptical about ethics. Drawing on examples from history, politics, religion and everyday personal experience, he shows how cynicism and self-consciousness can paralyze us into considering ethics a hopeless pursuit. He assures us that ethics is neither futile nor irrelevant, but an intimate part of the most important issues of living--of birth, death, happiness, desire, freedom, pleasure, and justice. Indeed, from moral dilemmas about abortion and euthanasia, to our obsession with personal rights, to our longing for a sense of meaning in life, our everyday struggles are rife with ethical issues. Blackburn distills the arguments of Hume, Kant and Aristotle down to their essences, to underscore the timeless relevance of our voice of conscience, the pitfalls of complacency, and our concerns about truth, knowledge and human progress.

Blackburn's rare combination of depth, rigor, and sparkling prose, along with his distinguished ranking among contemporary philosophers, mark Being Good as an important statement on our current disenchantment with ethics. It challenges us to take a more thoughtful reading of our ethical climate and to ponder more carefully our own standards of behavior.

Author Bio

Blackburn, Simon : University of Cambridge

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.