Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?
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Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?

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This is a brief introduction to ethics, with a point of view. This book addresses "meta-ethical" questions that go beyond what most introductory ethics books address, which are "normative" theories (egoism, utilitarianism, etc.) and "applied" ethics (abortion, capital punishment, etc.).Instead this book focuses on whether our ethical views on such matters can themselves be true or false, and, if so, whether their truth lies in personal or cultural opinion, or some objective, independent standard. With many examples, and an emphasis on argumentative clarity, this book is ideal for introductory ethics and philosophy courses and the interested general reader.show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • glossary
  • 0195168739
  • 9780195168730
  • 511,326

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"The idea behind this book was ingeniously conceived, and the execution of that idea is handled brilliantly. This is a superb book. It is philosophically astute, passionately argued, and written in a wonderfully accessible and eloquent style. I've never seen a better introduction to meta-ethics."--Brad Hooker, University of Reading"This is an excellent introductory textbook on moral relativism and objectivity. It is concise, well-written, well-organized, and well-reasoned. It fills a real gap in the literature."--Paul K. Moser, Loyola University of Chicago"The topic is timely, the execution is admirable, and there is no other book quite like it. I would gladly assign it to my students and recommend it to other teachers."--Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dartmouth College "The idea behind this book was ingeniously conceived, and the execution of that idea is handled brilliantly. This is a superb book. It is philosophically astute, passionately argued, and written in a wonderfully accessible and eloquent style. I've never seen a better introduction to meta-ethics."--Brad Hooker, University of Reading "This is an excellent introductory textbook on moral relativism and objectivity. It is concise, well-written, well-organized, and well-reasoned. It fills a real gap in the literature."--Paul K. Moser, Loyola University of Chicago "The topic is timely, the execution is admirable, and there is no other book quite like it. I would gladly assign it to my students and recommend it to other teachers."--Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dartmouth College "The idea behind this book was ingeniously conceived, and the execution of that idea is handled brilliantly. This is a superb book. It is philosophically astute, passionately argued, and written in a wonderfully accessible and eloquent style. I've never seen a better introduction to meta-ethics."--Brad Hooker, University of Reading "This is an excellent introductory textbook on moral relativism and objectivity. It is concise, well-written, well-organized, and well-reasoned. It fills a real gap in the literature."--Paul K. Moser, Loyola University of Chicago "The topic is timely, the execution is admirable, and there is no other book quite like it. I would gladly assign it to my students and recommend it to other teachers."--Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dartmouth College "The idea behind this book was ingeniously conceived, and the execution of that idea is handled brilliantly. This is a superb book. It is philosophically astute, passionately argued, and written in a wonderfully accessible and eloquent style. I've never seen a better introduction tometa-ethics."--Brad Hooker, University of Reading"This is an excellent introductory textbook on moral relativism and objectivity. It is concise, well-written, well-organized, and well-reasoned. It fills a real gap in the literature."--Paul K. Moser, Loyola University of Chicago"The topic is timely, the execution is admirable, and there is no other book quite like it. I would gladly assign it to my students and recommend it to other teachers."--Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dartmouth Collegeshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ; Preface ; PART I: THE STATUS OF MORALITY ; 1. The Nature of the Problem ; 2. The Philosophical Terrain ; PART II: AGAINST MORAL SKEPTICISM ; 3. Moral Error ; 4. Moral Equivalence ; 5. Moral Progress and Moral Comparison ; 6. Dogmatism ; 7. Tolerance ; 8. Arbitrariness ; 9. Contradiction and Disagreement ; 10. Relativism and Contradiction ; 11. Is Moral Skepticism Self-Refuting? ; PART III: MORAL OBJECTIVITY DEFENDED ; 12. How Ethical Objectivism Solves the Problem of Moral Skepticism ; 13. Universality, Objectivity, Absolutism ; 14. The (Un)Importance of Moral Disagreement ; 15. Does Ethical Objectivity Require God? ; 16. Where Do Moral Standards Come From? ; 17. Values in a Scientific World ; 18. Moral Knowledge I: Four Skeptical Arguments ; 19. Moral Knowledge II: The Regress Argument ; 20. Why Be Moral? ; Conclusion ; Synopsis of the Major Arguments ; Glossaryshow more

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