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Ethics (Foundations of Philosophy series) Paperback – November 11, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0132904780 ISBN-10: 0132904780 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2nd edition (November 11, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132904780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132904780
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barry Rucker on January 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I had the good fortune to study ethics with Professor Frankena at the University of Michigan. Later I used this book as a text when I taught college ethics. This book is a model of brevity and clarity in a philosophical world that seems to prize obfuscation. Although it cannot answer every question in the allotted space, this volume is an excellent introduction to ethics.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By IR on June 3, 2006
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This small (98 pages) introductory volume to Ethics dates back to 1963. Frankena gives a good overview of a wide array of topics in a clear, simple and compact style. You can read the book in 2-3hrs. The chapter about the nonmoral good is the best one, but the others are good as well. But if you read it, you better supplement it with newer books as well since moral philosophy has come a long way since the publication of this. (This predates Rawls, Mackie, reappearence of naturalism and realism etc.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Devendorf on March 2, 2007
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I have read many introductory texts on ethics and moral theory. In my opinion, this is by far the clearest and most helpful of them all. Short and sweet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Ferrer on November 29, 2013
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I've read some of Frankena's stuff and he's not all bad. But he makes a glaring mistake in his treatment of "teleological Ethics." He makes the same mistake in his entry in Dagoburt D. Rune's, "Dictionary of Philosophy." He shows NO understanding of teleology (i.e., it's about that category of causes termed "final causes"). He calls utilitarianism "teleological ethics" even though utilitarianism deals in effects (i.e., results) and teleology deals in causes (i.e., final causes). This mistake is not unique to Frankena. But it is regrettable to see another smart guy commit this glaring oversight.
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