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Ethics and Reality
Collected Essays

ISBN 9781138624788
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
215 Pages

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Book Description

Published in 2001, Ethics and Reality presents a new collection of Jenny Teichman's most important essays across a wide spectrum of ethical issues. Teichman explores a range of human problems including: war and peace, tyranny and terrorism, sex and gender and life and death. Focusing particularly on philosophical scepticism and reality, Teichman argues that if scepticism is irrefutable then ethical reasoning has no connection with reality and what look like genuine human dilemmas must be purely imaginary. The essays in the first part of this book are intended to show that scepticism can be rebutted; those in the second and third sections exemplify the application of moral reasoning to inescapable quandaries.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Against Scepticism  1. Sceptics and Scepticism  2. Berkeley’s Incompatible Predicates  3. Nietzsche and Scepticism  4. Richard Rorty and the Philosophy of We  5. Deconstruction and Aerodynamics  6. An Empiricist Dream  7. A False Pregnancy  8. Nihilism Refuted? Wilson’s attempt  9. Thomas Nagel’s Last Word  10. Susan Haack: On the Side of Truth  11. The Flights of the Enchanter  12. The Niagara of Philosophy  13. Moral Truth and Moral Tradition  Part 2: Ethics and Reality: Sex and Gender, Life and Death  14. Sex and Gender  15. The Intellectual Capacity of David Stove  16. Intention and Sex  17. Illegitimacy and Literature  18. Love on the Couch  19. 'The grisly science of embryo cloning’  20. Bio-Ethics and Utility  21. The False Philosophy of Peter Singer  22. Free Speech and the Public Platform  23. The Uses and Abuses of Philosophy  24. What is Sacred?  25. Life and its Meanings  Part 3: Ethics and Reality: Tyranny and Terrorism, War and Peace  26. Politicians  27. On Hannah Arendt  28. ’Your Terrorist is my Freedom Fighter’  29. How to Define Terrorism  30. The Just War.

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