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Publisher's Summary

A brisk introduction to the basic problems of ethics, this work consists of sharp, deep answers to foundational questions:



Do legal obligations have moral weight?


Can one act immorally towards oneself?


What is the objective basis of legitimate moral claims?


How do we know right from wrong?


How can there be moral responsibility in a deterministic world?

Rigorous yet approachable, this work is an ideal introduction to analytic ethics and value theory.
©2016 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2016 John-Michael Kuczynski
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5 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 09-27-16

the definitive book for ethicists

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

it explains everything, the different metaethical systems, the ethical basis of law, the nature of morality and our knowledge thereof, puts other books to shame.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ethics?

the part where he showed the knowledge of moral truths is knowledge (from a context-specific, egocentric viewpoint) of knowledge of biological truths

Have you listened to any of Theo Holland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, his reading of kuczynski book on descartes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, the discussion of freedom of the will

Any additional comments?

utterly comprehensive, better than any philosophy class

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tam on 10-01-16

the book ethicists should read

Would you listen to Ethics again? Why?

yes, clear, beautiful, concise, thorough

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ethics?

the discussion of feminism

Which scene was your favorite?

the discussion of stalin

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

that determinism is necessary for freedom

Any additional comments?

not as good as international law, by same author, but still very good.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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