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Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception Paperback – December 25, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0415332897 ISBN-10: 0415332893 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (December 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415332893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415332897
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A marvellous work, one which ought to change the tone as well as the focus of much contemporary moral philosophy.' - Bernadette Tobin, Australian

'A superb, richly textured discussion which engages directly with real people and their deeply serious moral concerns.' - Brenda Almond, THES

'One can only acknowledge the justice and admire the acuteness of many of its critical contributions to contemporary debates in moral philosophy.' - A.D.M. Walker, Journal of Applied Philosophy

About the Author

Raimond Gaita is Professor of Moral Philosophy at Kings College London and Professor of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University. His books include the award-winning biography of his father, Romulus, My Father, A Common Humanity and The Philosopher's Dog.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Firestein on March 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Professor Gaita's book deals with the dual themes of true (absolute) goodness and remorse for evil deeds. Both concepts seem (if I understand the book correctly) to hinge upon the idea of individuality - the notion that each of us is a thinking, feeling, and rational being who experiences joy and pain and has their own unique perspective on their life and the world around them.

This is definitely a challenging book (probably the most challenging I've ever read). Gaita writes in a very scholarly fashion, and there will be times, most likely, where you'll need a dictionary to understand various words he uses. There are also passages where, quite frankly, his meaning would've been clearer if he had dumbed down the style in which he writes his sentences. Don't be surprised if you end up having to reread passages (or even entire chapters) one or more times before you truly grasp his meaning.

I think the excessively academic style of the text clouds the power of the book's overall message to some degree, but if you can get past that and see what he's trying to say, it's a very powerful book.

Overall, I recommend this book, but be forewarned that it won't be easy reading and won't be a book that you can finish off in a day or two.
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