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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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Blackburn does a great job of explaining what ethics - the study of right or wrong behavior - is not. Read morePublished 5 months ago by conan curry
Blackburn's book is a great introduction to ethics for people who want to learn about the subject but don't know where to start. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mohit Patel
Excellent, easy to read introduction to the field of ethics, theories and issues.Published 7 months ago by J. C. Morgan
Concise and to the point. Very nice summary of the history with precise descriptions of various positions from famous philosophers and entire schools of thought.Published 9 months ago by Ciprian Danea
A good introduction to many important issues in ethics, but it could vbe more clear about some of them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cliente Amazon
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 21 months ago by Mellissa
I needed this book for a class i was taking, its a good book. Served its purpose for my classPublished 21 months ago by Donna
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 23 months ago by Editorious