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date: 22 October 2021

Some ethical ideaslocked

Some ethical ideaslocked

  • Simon Blackburn

Abstract

‘Some ethical ideas’ explores some ethical ideas on desire, happiness, freedom, birth, and death. The flexibility of the term ‘freedom’ undoubtedly plays a huge role in the rhetoric of political demands, particularly when the language of rights mingles with the language of freedom. The enemy here would be any elitism, or paternalism, supposing that some particular kinds of people—through superior reason or knowledge or wisdom—are best fitted to govern the rest, since they know people’s interests better than the people themselves do. The language of ‘natural rights’ is an important consideration within ethical ideas and this includes the concepts of decency, civility, and trust.

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