Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?

Whatever Happened to Good and Evil Since September many people in the United States have been inclined to use the language of good and evil and to be comfortable with the idea that certain moral standards are objective true

  • Title: Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?
  • Author: Russ Shafer-Landau
  • ISBN: 9780195168730
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since September 11, 2001, many people in the United States have been inclined to use the language of good and evil, and to be comfortable with the idea that certain moral standards are objective true independently of what anyone happens to think of them Some people, especially those who are not religious, are not sure how to substantiate this view Whatever HaSince September 11, 2001, many people in the United States have been inclined to use the language of good and evil, and to be comfortable with the idea that certain moral standards are objective true independently of what anyone happens to think of them Some people, especially those who are not religious, are not sure how to substantiate this view Whatever Happened to Good and Evil provides a basis for exploring these doubts and ultimately defends the objectivity of ethics Engaging and accessible, it is the first introduction to meta ethics written especially for students and general readers with no philosophical background Focusing on the issues at the foundation of morality, it poses such questions as How can we know what is right and wrong Does ethical objectivity require God Why should I be moral Where do moral standards come from What is a moral value, and how can it exist in a scientific world Do cultural diversity and persistent moral disagreement support moral skepticism Writing in a clear and lively style and employing many examples to illustrate theoretical arguments, Russ Shafer Landau identifies the many weaknesses in contemporary moral skepticism and devotes considerable attention to presenting, and critiquing, the most difficult objections to his view Also included in the book are a helpful summary of all the major arguments covered, as well as a glossary of key philosophical terms Whatever Happened to Good and Evil is ideal for a variety of philosophy courses and compelling reading for anyone interested in ethics.

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    • This is a good little (150 pages) introduction to moral realism; of the non-naturalist stripe. Since the book is so short, and of an introductory nature, the arguments in the chapters are somewhat weak. Shafer-Landau's weakest chapter is his argument for why morality doesn't need God in any way. His best is his chapter against a moral skepticism towards moral realism.Perhaps Shafer-landau feels justified in being dogmatic at points, and in offering less than convincing arguments against his inte [...]


    • Metaethics is that branch of philosophy that concerns ethical theories and their convergence with issues in epistemology, ontology, semantics, and psychology. This book by Shafer-Landau is an introduction aimed at the beginner. As such, a good understanding of the book requires no previous philosophical training from the reader. There are few technical notions that occur in the book, but those that do are highlighted, contextually explained, and further explicated in the helpful glossary at the [...]



    • It’s Halloween. Wanna hear something scary? There may be absolutely no objective standard of moral right and wrong. Good and evil might be entirely subjective, or merely a social convention, or might even (shudder) be entirely meaningless and only trick-or-treating in the costume of meaningful concepts.The status of moral statements, like the idea of free will, is under a philosophical cloud. Most everyone believes in their heart of hearts that they have free will, but when you look up close a [...]


    • Shafer-Landau offers a brief defence of a non-naturalist form of moral realism. The book is divided into three parts. In the first part Shafer-Landau discusses some very broad forms of moral skepticism (subjectivism, relativism, nihilism (non-cognitivism/error theory)) and concludes that they face insurmountable difficulties. In his view, these positions can't account for moral progress and moral disagreement, and they cannot provide a solid ground for tolerance. Is Shafer-Landau begging the que [...]


    • This is a short and sweet summary of meta ethics and an argument for the status of moral claims being objective. It's not a very complex text but it's introductory, so that is to be expected. Shafer-Landau is very good at elucidating ethical issues. He helpfully diagrams the major arguments for and against moral skepticism, which is helpful to understand where things go wrong - because for an argument to be wrong either the premises must be incorrect or the logic must be invalid. I also enjoyed [...]





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