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, 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.
- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192804421
- ISBN-13: 978-0192804426
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 4.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
I like all these short introductions
Good start, could be better
A very useful Little Book