Ethics A Very Short Introduction by Simon Blackburn

This is a book that is relatively short.  It is divided into three parts.  The first looks at the responses people sometimes give when faced with ethical questions.  And these responses in different ways are threats to ethics.  In part two the author looks at some of the problems that life throws at us, how justice clashes with rights and the ideas of happiness and freedom.  The final part, part three, the author discusses the justification for ethics, and its connection with human knowledge and human progress.

I read this book pretty fast mainly because the author wasn’t saying anything profound.  As an introduction to ethics it left a lot to be desired.  I finished the book wondering what ethics really are…


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