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Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#080]
Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#080]
  • Discusses the major moral questions in key areas such as birth, death, desire, and the meaning of life
  • Explores different approaches to ethics and its foundations
  • Considers the risks of trusting the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates

New to this Edition:

  • The new edition takes account of the changes in thinking about ethics wrought by fake news, post-truth worries, and the proliferation of bubble on the web
  • Includes a fully revised final chapter on Decency, Civility, and Trust in current times, focussing on the rise of greed, narcissism, and contempt for truth
  • Revises the discussion of evolutionary theory to reflect ongoing thought in this field

Our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures is dogged by scepticism, relativism, hypocrisy, and nihilism, and 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. Here, 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 why we should mistrust the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates.
This second edition of the Very Short Introduction on Ethics has revised and updated aspects of the original to reflect changing times and mores. It highlights the importance of an understanding of approaches to ethics and its foundations, confronted as we are with a fluid and uncertain world of eroding trust, swirling conspiracy theories, and a dismaying loss of respect in public discourse.


Preface to second edition
1:Seven threats to thinking about ethics
3:Some ethical ideas
Further Reading

About the author: 

Simon Blackburn, Professor Emeritus, Cambridge University
Simon Blackburn was Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and remains a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Visiting Professor at the New College of the Humanities. His books include Think (OUP, 1999); Practical Tortoise Raising (OUP, 210); Truth, (Profile Books, 2017); and On Truth (OUP, 2018).

Product details

ISBN : 9780198868101

Simon Blackburn
160 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Jan 2021
Very Short Introductions
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Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#080]

Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#080]

Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#080]