A professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge, Blackburn is one of the giants of contemporary moral theory and a trustworthy guide through its labyrinth. He prefers parsimony to complexity--helpful for readers with only a casual acquaintance with philosophy--yet he manages to avoid trivializing his subject matter. Moreover, Being Good is wonderfully enlivened by illustrations by Paul Klee, William Blake, Eugène Delacroix, Francisco de Goya, and even Vietnam War photography and cartoons. Blackburn concludes on a promising note: "If we are careful, and mature, and imaginative, and fair, and nice, and lucky, the moral mirror in which we gaze at ourselves may not show us saints. But it need not show us monsters, either." --Eric de Place --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A good introduction to many important issues in ethics, but it could vbe more clear about some of them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lilyp
In many ways, this book is a good introduction to basic ethical theories. However, Blackburn's handling of feminism and religion are surprisingly biased due to the objective nature... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mellissa
I needed this book for a class i was taking, its a good book. Served its purpose for my classPublished 6 months ago by Donna P
If I want guidance on the kinds of everyday moral quandaries that relationships, jobs, money, etc., present, I like to read Randy Cohen (formerly "The Ethicist" for the NY Times). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Editorious
My book review of Being Good: An Introduction to Ethics by Simon Blackburn published by Oxford University Press first published in 2001, ISBN 0-19-210052-1 $8.18. Read morePublished 17 months ago by DMack
This was also a very interresting class. This was a book that went along with my Ethics book and was a really neat story all on its own.Published 18 months ago by Sunnys
I wanted a book that presented and critiqued practical principles for doing the right thing. Being Good did not do the job for me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting approach to ethics. Blatantly sacrilegious. Spends a little more time shooting holes in the Bible than developing an ethical theory. But not super hard to read.Published 19 months ago by Ellis
This is an elegantly written, easily accessible book on an important topic. It covers a lot of ground in a succinct manner. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Diana Newton-Smith