• by J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by Theo Holland
  • 1 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Douglas

the ultimate book on analyic value theory

Would you listen to Ethics again? Why?

yes, it is insightful, yet clear, rigorous yet lyrical, a perfect book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

my favorite parts concerned moral epistemology. there were no characters, since this is discursive, not narrative

Which character – as performed by Theo Holland – was your favorite?

see above

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

theo holland has a someone constricted emotoinal and vocal range, but it was sort of ok in this context. this is not kuczynski's best work, but it is still a perfect work.

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- Ted

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2016