By Robin Barrow
This ebook provides and argues for an ethical idea which attracts on lots of the significant theoretical positions to a point, however it additionally spells out the bounds and limits of an ethical thought. In doing so, it exposes a couple of universal confusions and misunderstandings approximately morality, and provides a robust argument for a few undeniable truths on the subject of the ethical sphere. Divided into 4 elements, the booklet covers the foremost concerns inside of ethical philosophy: part one presents a lucid and strong account of the character and bounds of ethical thought, sharply distinguishing it from faith part two outlines a favorable ethical thought by means of exploring the defining rules of morality and the explanations for being ethical part three distinguishes ethical values from others corresponding to ecological, well-being and security and sexual values part four is anxious with the consequences of our ethical figuring out for ethical schooling. whereas this ebook concentrates on argument and ideas, a remark to every bankruptcy presents historic context and modern reference issues. it is going to turn out a useful source for college students of either schooling and Philosophy.
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This is not because of any particular consequences, but because otherwise there isn’t any point in the business of promising. In other words, it may be possible to argue that no promises should be made, but it is incoherent to engage in promise-giving and not see that in itself a promise should be kept. I have referred to ‘advantages’ and stressed the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic advantage, between advantages that happen to follow from an act, as I may gain favour by my generosity, and advantages inherent in the act.
I believe that this idea that morality cannot be firmly grounded and that moral claims are mere matters of opinion is quite mistaken. To introduce one of the themes that will run through this book, we are confusing the fact that 22 Understanding moral theory many moral problems are difficult, and some indeed are insoluble, with the notion that there can be no truth on moral questions. But these are quite distinct points. It may be difficult, sometimes impossible, to decide what is the wisest or best thing to do in a non-moral sense, as, for example, when I have to decide whether to take up an appointment abroad.
The Is/Ought Question. Reference to the ‘object of morality’ brings to mind an impressive book of that title by Geoffrey Warnock. It is also worth pointing out that the basic idea that morality is connected with living well in a broad sense is very Greek. ) is not idle or throwaway. I am suggesting that truly amoral people, that is those without any moral sentiment or conscience at all, are both very few in number and to be classified as some kind of clinical aberration (though not necessarily therefore to be forgiven).
An Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Moral Education by Robin Barrow