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    characters Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics PDF READ Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics Simon Blackburn ✓ 5 review Slowly working my way through the Very Short Introduction series This has been the worst of the lot till now in fact the se

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    characters Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics Simon Blackburn ✓ 5 review characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Simon Blackburn Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics Very Short Introductions #80 Simon Blackburn Writing with wit and elegance Simon Blackburn tackles the basic uestions of ethics in this lively book highlighting the complications and troubling issues that spring from the very simple uestion of how we ought to live Blackburn dissects the many common reasons for why we are skeptical about ethics Drawing on examples from

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    PDF READ Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics When I got to the 'joke' about the priest who presented the Truth about eternal life and the promise of salvation and it w

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    Simon Blackburn ✓ 5 review PDF READ Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics 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 uite live up to my expectations Maybe because I enjoyed his other book “Think” so much I thought I'd share some miscellaneous thoughts on some points rai

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    characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Simon Blackburn PDF READ Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics 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 heshe had read A

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    characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Simon Blackburn Simon Blackburn ✓ 5 review PDF READ Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics This book is not specific enough about trends in ethics to be of good use in an Intro to Philosophy class but it provides

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    Simon Blackburn ✓ 5 review PDF READ Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics In Being Good A short introductio

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    characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Simon Blackburn PDF READ Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics Simon Blackburn ✓ 5 review In my opinion the author did a good job of presenting important ethical discussions mainly western However than being an overview and a summary the author presents his own views as the correct ones One could say that's how it should be But usually with introductory books I prefer to have the discussions without the author telling us who is right

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    characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Simon Blackburn Simon Blackburn ✓ 5 review PDF READ Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics This book has vanuished 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 cognitivismsHis 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

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    PDF READ Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics Good overview that would be a decent introduction for a layman I admired its concision and plainspoken approach I thought he did a good job of summarizing Kant and Aristotle in a couple paragraphs It was a bit dry at times Also the foundation Blackburn lays for moral philosophy to shore it up against the depredations of the Grand Unifying Pessimisms he describes is a pretty thin one Kind of a bummer when the conclusion is there is

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Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics

characters Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics review Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Re the timeless relevance of our voice of conscience the pitfalls of complacency and our concerns about truth knowledge and human progress Blackburn's rare combination of depth rigor and sparkling prose along with his distinguished ranking among contemporary philosophers mark Being Good as an important statement on our current disenchantment with ethics It challenges us to take a thoughtful reading of our ethical climate and to ponder carefully our own standards of behavior. In Being Good A short introduction to ethics 2001 contemporary philosopher Simon Blackburn offers a tour de force along the field of ethics He does this by attacking everyday subjects that common people busy themselves with This book is therefore written for a general audience no prior background in ethics in needed to understand itThe book itself is divided into three parts In part 1 Blackburn responds to seven main threats to ethics This part deals with the claim that morals presuppose a god moral relativism and moral scepticism the naturalistic fallacy especially evolutionary accounts of ethics fatalism the unworldly aspirations of moral philsophy and the contemporary and not so contemporary debate on ethics as a tool of the elites to make the masses internalize a false consciousnessThen in part 2 of the book Blackburn enters the domain of the everyday problems that presents us ethical uestions and dilemma s Subjects include life death the meaning of life freedom and the status of rights Basically every aspect in nature including our lives is gradual This gradual conception of things doesn t fit well with dogmatists who d like to claim something s either good or bad Blackburn s approach is the perspective most intellectuals like to take look for common ground between parties make each party see the issue through the eyes of the other and try to establish a compromise For example neither abortion nor the concept of freedom are blackwhite themesAlso when pondering uestions like what does life mean and what is a good life there s no general answer We all have to decide that for ourselves and philosophy can help us clear away the rubble as John Locke would say and rob us of our erroneous ways of thinking For example the meaning of life is not linked in any way to death to the universe to gods but simply to existence You exist and that s it make the best of it And best is subseuently to be defined according to your own preferences Blackburn adheres on this point at least to David Hume s sentimentalism the view that our emotions guide or morality and that reason comes along afterwards Feeling happy and feeling content is hence the ultimate sign of a good life The last part of the book part 3 skims the foundations of ethics Or rather the conseuentialist side starting with Hume and proceeding through Bentham to Mill and the deontological side mainly Kant Both are flawed incomplete positions The alternatives Aristotle too elitist and Rawls too contractual are imperfect as well Blackburn seems to end in a Platonic aporia and concludes his little book with the notion that even though we might not be able to measure ethical progress and even though the world still contains much injustice we should be able to distinguish mini steps into the right directionFor me this book didn t really struck a chord It is too superficial to be really interesting Also it is too steeped in progressive liberal ideology to really offer a neutral account of things In my view a book on ethics should be as a moral as possible Blackburn is the typical academic who clings to utilitarian morality calculate and measure everything please then notices the flaws in this system and decides to selectively incorporate some contractualism la Rawls and some virtue building la Aristotle and ends up with a concoction of ethical guidelines that is supposed to reduce suffering and injustice worldwide And of course this is permeated through and through with a look for victims everywhere mentality Basically Blackburn adheres to an ethics in the same vein as Peter Singer We should care about the whole world and about future generations that this is simply not a viable or affordable option for most of us seems to escape the bright minds of such thinkersThe problem I have with the type of intellectual like Blackburn is that they abstract from everyday life and then take these abstractions as the problem of ethics for which their system offers a solution For example a poor person will not very uickly accept a compromise in which the rich person gains as well just like the religious believer will not accept a gradualist conception of abortion while the pregnant women with a wish to abort her baby will not accept a no This most interesting part of Blackburn s book is the part where he deals with the problem of freedom and rights We formulate rights in order to garantuee the freedoms of people but in doing so we run into problems No freedom can be absolute so rights have to be limited but where to draw the line Also rights imply that a person can hold someone responsible if his or her rights aren t respected but this creates a snackbar model of rights we just selectively pick whatever we want and when someone trespasses on our domain we claim they disrespect our rights The juridication of our Western culture incouding the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights creates a claimants culture in which lawyers and judges enforce others to bow to the will of minorities This is seen in the contemporary debate about international migration migrants come to Europe where an army of lawyers and judges stands at the ready to enforce governments to give these people papers housing medical aid etc and to enforce the tax payer to pay for this The ideology of moral philosophers like Blackburn Singer Rawls and their likes turns morality into a political tool Rawls for example advocates the view that society should redistribute all wealth until the least well off disappear into the grey mass of middle classes Karl Marx would exclaim From each according to his ability to each according to his needs For Rawls the point where redistribution stops is the point where transferring increments of wealth to the least well off starts to trigger the masses to stop working In other words it now becomes a political uestion about who has which rights and who has to give what to whom This view of morality is in its core a very calculating utilitarian one and is typical for academics who like to view everything through the scientific lens analyses of costs and benefits statistical models about future scenario s etc That this morality has won the day can be seen in the policies with which Western countries enforce healthy lifestyles and useful lives on their citizens of course healthy and useful are moral concepts but they re presented as if they re simply factual claims For example forcing people to uit smoking is deemed to be the best for all of us Another example is the climate hysteria which ultimately is based on future predictions based on computer models That this is never mentioned in the news is because all those involved know the inherent uncertainties in this system Now science becomes a tool for policy makers to enforce a certain type of moralityI think such a philosophy is one sided and it leaves out important aspects of our humanity Aspects that very well might prove to be much important and influential in living meaningful lives than this bare and empty intellectual morality It is therefore ironic that Blackburn deems Aristotle to be too elitist here s the well paid and well cared for intellectual telling us what to do Now where s the differenceAnyway the book itself is rather too short 135 pages and offers not much new or interesting material to merit even a decent rating I can t really recommend it maybe only to people who have never read about ethics as a first stepping stone to the serious works Ritual Power Healing and Community your own preferences Blackburn adheres on this point at least to David Hume s sentimentalism the view that our emotions guide or morality and that reason comes along afterwards Feeling happy and feeling content is hence the ultimate sign of a good life The last part of the book part 3 skims the foundations of ethics Or rather the conseuentialist side starting with Hume and proceeding through Bentham to Mill and the deontological side mainly Kant Both are flawed incomplete positions The alternatives Aristotle too elitist and Rawls too contractual are imperfect as well Blackburn seems to end in a Platonic aporia and concludes his little book with the notion that even though we might not be able to measure ethical progress and even though the world still contains much injustice we should be able to distinguish mini steps into the right directionFor me this book didn t really struck a chord It is too superficial to be really interesting Also it is too steeped in progressive liberal ideology to really offer a neutral account of things In my view a book on ethics should be as a moral as possible Blackburn is the typical academic who clings to utilitarian morality calculate and measure everything please then notices the flaws in this system and decides to selectively incorporate some contractualism la Rawls and some virtue building la Aristotle and ends up with a concoction of ethical guidelines that is supposed to reduce suffering and injustice worldwide And of course this is permeated through and through with a look for victims everywhere mentality Basically Blackburn adheres to an ethics in the same vein as Peter Singer We should care about the whole world and about future generations that this is simply not a viable or affordable option for most of us seems to escape the bright minds of such thinkersThe problem I have with the type of intellectual like Blackburn is that they abstract from everyday life and then take these abstractions as the problem of ethics for which their system offers a solution For example a poor person will not very uickly accept a compromise in which the rich person gains as well just like the religious believer will not accept a gradualist conception of abortion while the pregnant women with a wish to abort her baby will not accept a no This most interesting part of Blackburn s book is the part where he deals with the problem of freedom and rights We formulate rights in order to garantuee the freedoms of people but in doing so we run into problems No freedom can be absolute so rights have to be limited but where to draw the line Also rights imply that a person can hold someone responsible if his or her rights aren t respected but this creates a snackbar model of rights we just selectively pick whatever we want and when someone trespasses on our domain we claim they disrespect our rights The juridication of our Western culture incouding the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights creates a claimants culture in which lawyers and judges enforce others to bow to the will of minorities This is seen in the contemporary debate about international migration migrants come to Europe where an army of lawyers and judges stands at the ready to enforce governments to give these people papers housing medical aid etc and to enforce the tax payer to pay for this The ideology of moral philosophers like Blackburn Singer Rawls and their likes turns morality into a political tool Rawls for example advocates the view that society should redistribute all wealth until the least well off disappear into the grey mass of middle classes Karl Marx would exclaim From each according to his ability to each according to his needs For Rawls the point where redistribution stops is the point where transferring increments of wealth to the least well off starts to trigger the masses to stop working In other words it now becomes a political uestion about who has which rights and who has to give what to whom This view of morality is in its core a very calculating utilitarian one and is typical for academics who like to view everything through the scientific lens analyses of costs and benefits statistical models about future scenario s etc That this morality has won the day can be seen in the policies with which Western countries enforce healthy lifestyles and useful lives on their citizens of course healthy and useful are moral concepts but they re presented as if they re simply factual claims For example forcing people to uit smoking is deemed to be the best for all of us Another example is the climate hysteria which ultimately is based on future predictions based on computer models That this is never mentioned in the news is because all those involved know the inherent uncertainties in this system Now science becomes a tool for policy makers to enforce a certain type of moralityI think such a philosophy is one sided and it leaves out important aspects of our humanity Aspects that very well might prove to be much important and influential in living meaningful lives than this bare and empty intellectual morality It is therefore ironic that Blackburn deems Aristotle to be too elitist here s the well paid and well cared for intellectual telling us what to do Now where s the differenceAnyway the book itself is rather too short 135 pages and offers not much new or interesting material to merit even a decent rating I can t really recommend it maybe only to people who have never read about ethics as a first stepping stone to the serious works

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characters Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics review Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Writing with wit and elegance Simon Blackburn tackles the basic uestions of ethics in this lively book highlighting the complications and troubling issues that spring from the very simple uestion 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 cynicism and self consciousness can paralyze us into considering ethics a hopele. 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 had done In any case I will continue working through the VSIs They usually tend to be good

characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Simon Blackburn

characters Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics review Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ss pursuit He assures us that ethics is neither futile nor irrelevant but an intimate part of the most important issues of living of birth death happiness desire freedom pleasure and justice Indeed from moral dilemmas about abortion and euthanasia to our obsession with personal rights to our longing for a sense of meaning in life our everyday struggles are rife with ethical issues Blackburn distills the arguments of Hume Kant and Aristotle down to their essences to undersco. 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 heshe 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 to be Also I challenge the writer to show any respect full figure in science that directly or indirectly we should act as our biological history or other animals Especially when most zoologists and animal experts show that ethics in most animals are comparable to humans and we are not that many ethicists in comparisonI would email my criticism to Simon Blackburn about this matter but apparently he wouldn t be reading my emails as he has shown to be avoidant about reading scientific literature that might look as though they do not meet his philosophical premisesI found this book hardly ironic as I find publishing such a poor written essay ethically compromising at best

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  • Being Good A Short Introduction to Ethics
  • Simon Blackburn
  • English
  • 05 May 2019
  • 9780192853776