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John Leslie Mackie (1917-1981) was a philosopher who made significant contributions to the fields of ethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. A professor of philosophy at the universities of Sydney, Otago, New Zealand, and York, he was elected a fellow of the University of Oxford in 1967 and to the British Academy in 1974. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mackie's errors about value talk have spread a lot of confusion, in particular his flawed subjective/objective distinction. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Glen Koehn
This book is regarded as the classic statement of moral error theory - the idea that there are no objective moral values. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Raffana Donelson
J. L. Mackie, Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong, Penguin 1977.
Some thinkers hold that moral principles can be deduced from reason and introspection, while others hold... Read more
Roger Scruton says that J.L. Mackie's "Ethics" is "phenomenally overrated." Scruton, as usual, may have overstated his point, but I didn't like the book either. Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by not me
This is a well written, entertaining book. I did not find the arguments in the early part of the book on error theory and the "queerness" of object values convincing, but I do... Read morePublished on May 1, 2007 by Marc Vossman
The startling thing is that this book even needs to be written.
There are no objective moral facts -- if you think otherwise,
then name one. Read more