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5. Morals, Politics, and Religion

5. Morals, Politics, and Religion  

A. J. Ayer

in Hume: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854063.003.0005
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Hume's commitment to naturalism underpinned his treatment of morals, politics and religion. ‘Morals, Politics, and Religion’ shows how his belief that ‘ought’ does not follow from ‘is’ ... More
4. Take the money and run

4. Take the money and run  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0005
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‘Take the money and run’ explains the ‘basic trust game’ which is an economic experiment asking participants to make decisions of trust without communicating with others. This test tells ... More
4. Morality and its Discontents

4. Morality and its Discontents  

Michael Tanner

in Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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9780191776670
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854148.003.0004
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Nietzsche's fundamental concern throughout his life was to plot the relationship between suffering and culture, or cultures. ‘Morality and its Discontents’ shows that correlative with this ... More
7. Discourse ethics II: ethical discourse and the political turn

7. Discourse ethics II: ethical discourse and the political turn  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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9780191776274
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.003.0007
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Habermas revised his original programme of discourse ethics in the 1990s. Here he drew a distinction between moral, ethical, and practical reason. The significance of the revision lies in ... More
6. Discourse ethics I: the discourse theory of morality

6. Discourse ethics I: the discourse theory of morality  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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Discourse ethics is the normative heart of Habermas's philosophy. In it he develops themes of publicity, inclusiveness, equality, solidarity, justice in terms of the pragmatic meaning ... More
3. Knowledge, belief, and faith

3. Knowledge, belief, and faith  

John Dunn

in Locke: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775888
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803948.003.0003
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‘Knowledge, belief and faith’ explores the link that Locke believed existed between knowledge, faith and morality. Locke thought that knowledge consisted of the union of the simple ideas of ... More
4. Politics and society

4. Politics and society  

A. C. Grayling

in Russell: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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9780191775659
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802583.003.0004
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‘Politics and society’ considers Russell's thinking about morality, politics, ethics, and society as outlined in Human Society in Ethics and Politics and the shocking Marriage and Morals, a ... More
Conclusion The importance of being trustworthy

Conclusion The importance of being trustworthy  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0010
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What is more important: trust or trustworthiness? Is trustworthiness valuable for its own sake, or only when it attracts the trust of others? The practice of living up to our commitments, ... More
2. Why trust and trustworthiness matter

2. Why trust and trustworthiness matter  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0003
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A trusted person's life runs more smoothly than a distrusted one's. Trust is a compliment, distrust an insult. However, trust can be a burden when we suspect we're not up for the job or ... More
8. Institutions, conspiracies, and nations

8. Institutions, conspiracies, and nations  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0009
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How does our attitude to trust and distrust apply to our relationships with institutions, public figures, or social groups? What is the difference between trusting a politician and trusting ... More
8. Masters and Slaves

8. Masters and Slaves  

Michael Tanner

in Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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‘Masters and Slaves’ discusses The Genealogy of Morals (GM), a sequel to Beyond Good and Evil. It is Nietzsche's most profound attempt to make sense of suffering, and of how other people ... More
5. Morality without freedom?

5. Morality without freedom?  

Thomas Pink

in Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2004
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9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.003.0005
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‘Morality without freedom?’ asks whether we can be morally responsible if we are not free. Ordinary moral theory holds people responsible only for actions they can control. Freedom requires ... More
2. The beginning of secular feminism

2. The beginning of secular feminism  

Margaret Walters

in Feminism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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9780191776106
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805102.003.0003
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‘The beginning of secular feminism’ explores the early secular self-assertion of women, and the difficulties and criticisms they encountered. The significant role of Royalist women during ... More
Epicureanism: A Very Short Introduction

Epicureanism: A Very Short Introduction  

Catherine Wilson

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191808951
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688326.001.0001
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9780199688326
Epicureanism is commonly associated with a carefree view of life and the pursuit of pleasures, particularly of the table. However, it was a complex and distinctive system of philosophy that ... More
6. Knowledge and expertise

6. Knowledge and expertise  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0007
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We need more than good intentions to trust. We also need competence. The knowledge aspect of trust is less morally weighted than the honesty aspect of trust. ‘Knowledge and expertise’ looks ... More
5. The One Thing Needful

5. The One Thing Needful  

Michael Tanner

in Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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9780191776670
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‘The One Thing Needful’ is concerned with the concepts of style, culture, and character. Excerpts from The Gay Science are provided to illustrate Nietzsche's standpoint. What Nietzsche is ... More
Hume: A Very Short Introduction

Hume: A Very Short Introduction  

Alfred Ayer

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Oct 2000
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854063.001.0001
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Hume: A Very Short Introduction considers one of the greatest of all British philosophers, acknowledged by his contemporaries as a pivotal figure of the Enlightenment. A ... More
5. Habermas's theory of modernity

5. Habermas's theory of modernity  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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9780191776274
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In addition to the systematic side of Habermas's philosophy there is an historic side. He takes from the likes of Hegel, Marx, and hermeneutic philosophy that both the objects and ... More
Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

Habermas: A Very Short Introduction  

James Gordon Finlayson

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May 2005
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9780191776274
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.001.0001
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9780192840950
Habermas: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of Jürgen Habermas's forbiddingly complex philosophy using concrete examples. Habermas is arguably the most influential ... More
Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

Free Will: A Very Short Introduction  

Thomas Pink

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Jun 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.001.0001
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9780192853585
Free Will: A Very Short Introduction asks: Are our choices really free? Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of free choices. Are these choices ours, or are we ... More

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