By Robin Barrow
This e-book offers and argues for an ethical thought which attracts on lots of the significant theoretical positions to a point, 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 provides a powerful argument for a few undeniable truths relating to the ethical sphere. Divided into 4 components, the publication covers the most important concerns inside ethical philosophy: part one offers a lucid and robust account of the character and bounds of ethical conception, sharply distinguishing it from faith part two outlines a favorable ethical idea via exploring the defining ideas of morality and the explanations for being ethical part three distinguishes ethical values from others akin to ecological, wellbeing and fitness and safeguard and sexual values part four is anxious with the consequences of our ethical knowing for ethical schooling. whereas this publication concentrates on argument and concepts, a observation to every bankruptcy presents old context and modern reference issues. it's going to end up a useful source for college kids of either schooling and Philosophy.
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But on what grounds or in virtue of what do we make this claim? Why is it morally wrong to tell a lie? ’ There is a big difference between the claim that one ought not to tell a lie and a host of other nonmoral claims about lying such as that ‘It doesn’t pay’, ‘It is conventionally frowned upon’, ‘It will make people distrust you’, ‘In certain situations it is illegal’, and ‘It will make you unpopular’. The latter claims may all be true, but whether they are or not is a matter of empirically checking the facts of the matter.
Faith in God is still possible, and the presumption that the dictates of one’s own Church should be adhered to is not inherently unreasonable, perhaps; but the notion that we have established or could establish that there is a God, let alone that we know precisely what he wants, is very wide of the mark. But even if we do nonetheless subscribe to a particular religion, we have not solved the problem of grounding morality or justifying our fundamental moral assumptions. e. that ‘good’ means ‘commanded by God’).
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. The question of how or in what sense we have certain moral obligations or what it means to say that certain obligations are moral is not going to be answered by an appeal to religion. Indeed, part of what we are trying to do is distinguish between, for example, Religion, nature, and intuition 35 legal, prudent, self-serving, and religious motives for action on the one hand, and moral motives on the other.
An Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Moral Education by Robin Barrow