Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Ethics A Very Short Introduction 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 gene

  • Title: Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Simon Blackburn
  • ISBN: 9780192804426
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, deathOur 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.About the Series Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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    Slowly working my way through the Very Short Introduction series. This has been the worst of the lot till now - in fact the series had been pretty good until this one. Blackburn seems to be unaware that the standards had been set a tad higher in this series and chooses to ramble on about just societies etc instead of focusing on a compact introduction with enough fresh thoughts to send the reader packing on his way to denser pastures. That is what the authors I have read in the series until now [...]

    I believe, when a scholar is expected to write a book with "Very short Introduction" In its name and is published by Oxford University Press, the earlier mentioned scholar should at least write arguments against thesis he/she had read. Any scholar (be they are student or professor) would know that Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, not just only not mention "Humans should act egoistically because genes do" rather he emphasized that this just tells how genes function. Not how we are or how we ought [...]

    Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics (Very Short Introductions #80), Simon BlackburnWriting 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 cyn [...]

    After reading Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy by the same author, I expected this one to be a great source of insightful and thought-provoking ideas. It did provide some interesting background on moral philosophy. However, I feel this book didn't quite live up to my expectations. Maybe, because I enjoyed his other book “Think”, so much more. I thought I'd share some miscellaneous thoughts on some points raised in the book. Sorry for the heavy use of quotes. They should provide [...]

    When I got to the 'joke' about the priest who presented the Truth about eternal life and the promise of salvation and it was received as, "Wow, terrific, if that works for you that's great." on page 26 I knew I didn't need this kind of book on ethics, especially since his witness was used as the butt of the joke and a relativist claim to authority. According to Blackburn, 'The moral is that once a relativist frame of mind is really in place, nothing--no claims to truth, authority, certainty, or [...]

    This book is not specific enough about trends in ethics to be of good use in an Intro to Philosophy class, but it provides a sophisticated and non-condescending account of the subject fit for intelligent people looking for the lay of the land.

    A good book but as it states in the title it is a very Short introduction. It has a very good starting point for all those willing to start immersing themselves in the philosophy of ethics. However reading this book alone it is not enough. You must read other books about the subject. Here I listed a list of suggested further reading which in this case if you are really interested into the subject you must at least read a couple more books from.Suggested Further Reading:Beyond Good and Evil Nietz [...]

    This book has vanquished my hopes in Blackburn's treatment of ethics. The criticism goes not for his brevity, but to his innaccuracy in attempts to properly represent the threats to an objectivist ethics and as well the actual strengths of other moral cognitivisms.His stated project is to dispel the myths regarding moral philosophy, but in this book he perpetuates them. His statement of moral relativism is what you would expect to find in media bites, not the works of a moral philosopher. Given [...]

    Não estava à espera que esta leitura me agradasse. Comecei a ler a introdução à ética de Blackburn sem expectativas, mas acabei por gostar da organização do livro e de como o autor coloca em análise questões do dia-a-dia, sob o escrutínio de teorias de pensadores muito afamados.Na verdade, qualquer leitor que tenha estudado Filosofia na escola já terá conhecimento da maioria dos conteúdos expostos. O que é, de facto, mais relevante, aquilo que devo destacar é a capacidade de sint [...]

    Very concise and accessible introduction to Ethics (spoiler). I enjoyed the arguments of the book more and more as it progressed, however I felt that it was kind of just giving names to moral dilemmas that are already obviously present in day to day life. Might read Kant, ya que Simon Blackburn seems to be such a fan. Thanks Kilius for the recommendation :) It was a good taste of what these intellectual debates include.

    مقدمة صغيرة عن الاخلاق كتاب من اصدار اكسفورد من السلسلة الشهيرة very short introduction الكتاب لم يتحدث فقط عن الاخلاق وتعريفها ولكنه فتح موضوعات كثيرة عن الحرية وحقوق الانسان والدين مستعينا بفلاسفة كثيرين منهم أرسطو وهيوم وهيجل موضوع الاخلاق معقد وكانت هناك بعض الفقرات صعبة بالنسبة [...]

    "No god wrote the laws of good behavior into the cosmos. Nature has no concern for good or bad, right or wrong."

    I read this book to get ideas for how to apply ethics to technological questions. I'm further along that path, but with more questions than answers. It is, after all, philosophy.Here are the quotes that I kept for my commonplace book:Then the threat arises that ethics does just that, and not in some overblown, over-demanding version, but at its very core. And then we get the reaction that ‘It’s all very well in principle, but in practice it just won’t work’. As Kant remarked, this is ‘ [...]

    "[Ethics] gives us our standards - our of behaviour. In the eyes of some thinkers, most famously perhaps G.W.F. Hegel (1770 - 1831), it shapes our very identities. Our consciousness of ourselves is largely or even essentially a consciousness of how we stand for other people. We need stories of our own value in the eyes of each other, the eyes of the world." ~Ethics: A Very Short Introduction"A question about ethics posed by a survior of the Nazi concentration camps. He asked, fairly aggressively [...]

    I got to page 50 before stopping. This isn't an introduction to Ethics so much as a discussion of problems within ethics. There's no actual introduction to the field of ethics or what ethics even means. Maybe this would be more interesting if I were familiar with the field, but it really just reads like someone's rant. I can't tell what is the author's opinion and what is actual established practice in the field.

    Succinct, yet comprehensive. Not surprising given this is Simon Blackburn who has always been great at writing accessible philosophy.

    ugh. flashbacks to college philosophy but holy cow really tedious. I finished it with a hugeh? It kind of made my head hurt (hahaha).

    I recently read Simon's most popular book, Think, and unfortunately, I wasn't very impressed. Nevertheless, I decided to give this book a shot, despite the inherent negative bias. Thankfully, I enjoyed this book a lot more. It was easier to read, and I'd say more consistent in its approach. The author gives a few popular arguments on what is generally considered Being Good, and then tries to give arguments for it and against it. Linking other thinkers along the way. I do wish it presented a more [...]

    Not bad as an introduction to ethics. It is only until the end that Blackburn enters the more "common" introductory topics of utilitarianism and duty ethics and so on, but that is good I suppose. What I think is a bit of a shame is that the discussion is framed so much in the discussion of religious foundations for ethics and atheological foundations for ethics. It is certainly true that Plato's dilemma is problematic when it comes to ethics and a divine person. However, so is the sceptic's chal [...]

    I love these short introductions, but their space limitations are obvious, so that take that into account in this review. I am particularly educated in the Christian ethical tradition, so I was somewhat frustrated that Blackburn rejected religiously founded ethics quite glibly in the first section, with largely straw-man critique, but this is forgivable as it is not the author's perspective. With deity based ethics dismissed, he leads readers through possible retorts that this undermines ethical [...]

    Blackburn's introduction to ethics approached the topic in an interesting way. Rather than simply give an overview of the various ethical theories that philosophers deem most important (Aristotle, Kant, Bentham & Mill, Rawls, etc.) and then tackle some particular areas of ethical concern (distribution of resources, abortion, euthanasia, etc.), this book instead covers some of that territory in the process of telling an overall larger narrative about our place in the world and the ethical ent [...]

    I would like to note, for those of you who are not aware, that Ethics: A Very Short Introduction is pretty much the same as Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics.This book is divided into three major sections and a total of twenty-one chapters.In the first section, Blackburn considers some threats to or misconceptions of ethics. The topics discussed included religious morality, relativism, evolutionary ethics. According to Blackburn, these concepts either misrepresent ethics or they seem to [...]

    This is fine as an introduction to ethics especially for those who are not studying philosophy but need a basic understanding.The statement in the introduction, “A single photograph may have done more to halt the Vietnam War than all the writings of moral philosophers of the time put together.” illustrates the point that ethics is not the preserve of academic theorists, but is pertinent to us all.Standards of behaviour are explored in drama, art and literature and even in gossip where the te [...]

    Muddled in methodology, discursive and given to unlabeled excurses. The ostensive structure Blackburn takes in his approach seems inverted to the detriment of the book's helpfulness. He begins by outlining seven (surely not 'the' seven) complicating factors, or threats, to ethics rather than with a discussion of, at least, his own methodology. Surprisingly, it is his last third of the book that he titles 'Foundations.' Thus, continually pointing forward to future discussions, Blackburn hurriedly [...]

    This book is not worth reading. Some arguments offered are compelling; for example, the argument against the death of God as a threat to morality. However, all of the compelling arguments and more can be found in better form in Landau's Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?. That book, contrarily to this one, is most definitely worth reading.So why isn't this book worth reading? Why am I giving it such a low score? Well, it made enough obvious mistakes throughout to show that Blackburn, who's a we [...]

    This is no sort of introduction. By that, I don't mean to say the content is too advanced for a novice. That would be a fault, but a much nicer one than this book exhibits. For an example of the problem here, the book manages to never actually clarify the difference between 'ethics' and 'morals'. That's despite using both terms throughout. I know the difference now; 30 seconds of googling managed to pin it right down.One would think, in a book subtitled 'A Very Short Introduction', that the auth [...]

    Very short, as promised. And a reasonably good review by an author who clearly believes that ethics is both relevant and possible today. Not all that much different from my college philosophy classes 45 years ago. Of the three parts, I found sections 1 and 3 more satisfying. Section 1 summarizes 7 common contemporary arguments for why worrying about ethics has become pointless, e.g. the death of god, relativism, nihilism, solipsism, science Familiar ground for many of us, so it's nice to be offe [...]

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