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  • Simon Blackburn

Abstract

The reflections of philosophy contain a distinctive ambition: to understand the springs of motivation, reason, and feeling that move us and to understand the networks of rules or ‘norms’ that sustain our lives. Ethics: A Very Short Introduction looks at the responses we sometimes give when ethics intrudes on our lives, responses that constitute threats to ethics. It examines some of the problems that living throws at us, and in particular the clash between principles of justice and rights, and less forbidding notions such as happiness and freedom. It also explores the question of foundations: the ultimate justification for ethics, and its connection with human knowledge and human progress.

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