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p. 8p. 9. Seven threats to ethicslocked

p. 8p. 9. Seven threats to ethicslocked

  • Simon Blackburn


‘Seven threats to ethics’ looks at ideas that destabilize us when we think about standards of choice and conduct: the death of God; relativism; egosim; evolutionary theory; determinism and futility; unreasonable demands; and false consciousness. In various ways these seem to suggest that ethics is somehow impossible. They are important because they themselves can seep into the moral environment. There may be other threats to ethics: we can become depressed by the role of luck in our lives, when its affects the ways our lives go more than virtue. The right reaction is not to succumb to the mood, but to reflect that the cure lies in our own hands.

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