Being Good - A Short Introduction to Ethics
Blackburn (Simon)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Contents

    Introduction – 1
    Part I. Seven Threats to Ethics
  1. The Death of God – 10
  2. Relativism – 19
  3. Egoism – 29
  4. Evolutionary1 Theory – 37
  5. Determinism and Futility – 43
  6. Unreasonable Demands – 47
  7. False Consciousness – 50
    Part II. Some Ethical Ideas
  8. Birth – 57
  9. Death – 65
  10. Desire and the Meaning of Life – 74
  11. Pleasure – 81
  12. The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number – 86
  13. Freedom from the Bad – 93
  14. Freedom and Paternalism – 97
  15. Rights and Natural Rights – 103
    Part III. Foundations
  16. Reasons and Foundations – 108
  17. Being Good and Living Well – 112
  18. The Categorical Imperative – 116
  19. Contracts and Discourse – 125
  20. The Common Point of View – 129
  21. Confidence Restored – 133
    Appendix: The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights – 136
    Notes and Further Reading – 145
    Bibliography – 155

Comments
  1. I’ll place these under the “paper” ("Blackburn (Simon) - Being Good - A Short Introduction to Ethics") that matches this book in my database, as that’s more flexible.
  2. Enough to note here that Blackburn is (fairly aggressively) atheist, so it’s interesting to see how a positive ethics arises from an atheistic standpoint.
  3. I couldn’t see any reference to Blackburn’s quasi-realism (see "Blackburn (Simon) - Essays in Quasi-Realism") in the book. Quasi-realism is difficult to understand, so is probably best left out of an introductory book, but I wonder if it is still Blackburn’s considered view?
  4. Blackburn featured at a conference (Click here for Note) I attended at Heythrop in June 2010. He gave a paper (Click here for Note) on “Naturalism and Ethics”.



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