By Robin Barrow
This publication offers and argues for an ethical conception which pulls on lots of the significant theoretical positions to some extent, however it additionally spells out the boundaries and limits of an ethical conception. In doing so, it exposes a couple of universal confusions and misunderstandings approximately morality, and offers a powerful argument for a few undeniable truths relating to the ethical sphere. Divided into 4 elements, the ebook covers the most important matters inside of ethical philosophy: part one presents a lucid and strong account of the character and boundaries of ethical thought, sharply distinguishing it from faith part two outlines a good ethical thought by means of exploring the defining ideas of morality and the explanations for being ethical part three distinguishes ethical values from others comparable to ecological, overall healthiness and protection and sexual values part four is worried with the results of our ethical knowing for ethical schooling. whereas this ebook concentrates on argument and ideas, a statement to every bankruptcy offers historic context and modern reference issues. it's going to turn out a useful source for college kids of either schooling and Philosophy.
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How can one believe in goodness in a world in which we do what we do to each other? How can one believe in a just world, when the vile and the vicious so often thrive? How can one believe in morality, when immorality so often and so clearly gets away with it? This man may have suffered rather more than many of us, but he, the millions who have been cheated, betrayed, raped, and killed, and we, who may, if we are lucky, merely have seen the dishonest prosper and the honest go unrewarded, all have this in common: what we know from history and what we see around us suggests that ‘God is dead’.
This is not because of any particular consequences, but because otherwise there isn’t any point in the business of promising. In other words, it may be possible to argue that no promises should be made, but it is incoherent to engage in promise-giving and not see that in itself a promise should be kept. I have referred to ‘advantages’ and stressed the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic advantage, between advantages that happen to follow from an act, as I may gain favour by my generosity, and advantages inherent in the act.
But now we are right back with a version, albeit an all-powerful one, of the Big Chief. It may be prudent to do as God demands, and therefore to tell the truth, but that is not the same thing as saying that telling the truth is morally good. The fact of the matter is that morality and religion are logically distinct and we must not confuse them. There have been religions which are not recognizably moral in any way, and there can be morality without religion. ) There are religions (Christianity is one) that are closely tied up with moral viewpoints, but that is a contingent fact – a fact about the world that might have been different.
An Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Moral Education by Robin Barrow