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[Reading] ➿ Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? Author Russ Shafer-Landau – Eiyo.us

Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?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 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.

[Reading] ➿ Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? Author Russ Shafer-Landau – Eiyo.us
  • Paperback
  • 150 pages
  • Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?
  • Russ Shafer-Landau
  • English
  • 14 November 2017
  • 9780195168730

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➿ Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? Author Russ Shafer-Landau – Eiyo.us


  1. says:

    A very good short introduction of metaethics The book is centred around the debate between moral objectivism and nihilism, subjectivism, and relativism, and defend the former I find the discussion of the divine command theory and the last few chapters a bit hasty.


  2. says:

    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 interlocutors, because he defends the subjects in the book in greater length, and in a much detailed and rigorous fashion in his Moral Realism A Defense Shafer Landau wets the appetite in Whatever Happened to Good and Evil, though For example, he offers a sneak peak at his novel approach to justifying moral beliefs by appeal to reliabilism though he ll need to add proper function here, but then he may not be able to avoid theism He also offers another sneak peak into his view that one s moral principles necessarily motivate, and beliefs alone are insufficient to motivate desires, or other subjective states, must be included , so morality cannot be objective, by denying the premise that one s mora...


  3. says:

    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 end of the book Additionally, Shafer Landau includes an appendix in which the arguments of each section are presented synoptically in a conventional premise to conclusion form, with a summary of the problems associated with the argument in question This book, while an introduction, is not a typical survey consisting of a presentation of the central topics, with arguments pro and con rather, Shafer Landau uses this introduction as a means to argue for the objectivity of morals This is but one among many important issues in contemporary metaethics although, it certainly is one of the most important In so doing, he makes no excuses for the insertion of his own philosophical view on the subject indeed, his project is to make a case for a non naturalized account of moral realism Throughout the book, he makes a case for moral objectivity, all the while considering various counter...


  4. says:

    His reconstructions are a little awkward to parse at first That s about it for now.


  5. says:

    Had surprisingly glib dismissal of divine command theory and lacked fair response to the Euthyphro dilemma.


  6. says:

    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 at the philosophical arguments for and against it, it looks wildly implausible Similarly, when people argue about moral values, they almost always are arguing against a background assumption that some values are just plain right not conventionally right, not mere opinions or exhortations, but facts But this too looks very implausible on close examination.In Whatever Happened to Good and Evil Russ Shafer Landau tries to rescue moral objectivism the idea that certain moral judgements are indeed objectively correct or incorrect, always and everywhere, and indep...


  7. says:

    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 question I think he is.The second part is much better Here, Shafer Landau offers positive arguments for moral realism One of the interesting ones is his argument regarding epistemic facts According to him, epistemic facts those that tell you what you ought to do when you re aiming towards truth are normative and fall outside the domain of empirical investigation a.k.a science Moral facts are similar to epistemic facts and we can make sense of both This entails that scientific discourse does not provide a complete and respectable ontology ,and, consequently, naturalism is false The third part consists of a short discussion on the possibility of moral knowledge As many of you will have already guessed, Shafer Landau thinks that moral knowledge is very much within our capacities and is entirely a priori similar to mathematical knowledge Is the book good It s not bad It s a very opinionated introductory text on metaethical questions It is humorous, easy to read, and...


  8. says:

    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 ...


  9. says:

    Poor argument, curricular, founded in biased self evident nonsense.


  10. says:

    Very introductory but the chapters are very short and will be a great textbook for my intro class.

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