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An Intelligent Person's Guide to Ethics (Intelligent Person's Guide Series) Paperback – 17 May 2001


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; New edition edition (17 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071563089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715630891
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,432,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Warnock's new book admirably fulfils the brief of its title...This book will serve as an excellent introduction to ethical study, and is also an impassioned and moving summary of Warnock's own lifelong dedication to ethical thinking' - Alain de Botton, The Guardian; 'This admirable book fully lives up to its title...This is a wise, earnest, moving book, rather Victorian in its way, which shows that goodness is not just for prigs. No wonder the blurb calls it 'controversial'. It must certainly raise eyebrows among the enlightened' - Robert Grant, The Times"

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Baroness Warnock is an eminent philosopher and author with a distinguished career. She has been fellow and tutor in philosophy at St Hugh's College, Oxford; headmistress of Oxford High School; and mistress of Girton College, Cambridge. She has a high public profile, appearing frequently on television and radio.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Roy Collins VINE VOICE on 11 May 2003
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I find the series title a bit off-putting. It suggests the opposite to what it says. Don't be misled. There is nothing patronising or naff about this book. It is the intellectual autobiography (more or less) of a very intelligent person who, amongst other things, took the leading role in setting up and running the Human Embriology Authority. Mary Warnock takes us through her own growing up in school, university and war, and thus gives the personal context in which her views developed. She covers not only in vitro fertilisation, but experiments on embryos, abortion, euthanasia, the moral upbringing of children, human rights and post-modernism. She may be less than 100% in favour of the latter. Post-modernists sometimes get close to arguing that any views on anything are of equal worth - but here is a person who believes that the quality of argument really matters: we should not allow ourselves to be conned by superficial assertions.

I found everything the author had to say interesting and stimulating. Towards the end of the book, though, I found her views on children beginning to make me think of her as Nanny Warnock [editing a couple of years later, and having re-read the work, I'm not really sure why I thought this], and her views on whether we should extend "rights" to animals perhaps less like argument and more like assertion of a characteristically determined kind. But what's the point in reading only what you agree with?

It is exquisitely written in economical, elegant English prose. I found the opening chapter, the most narrative, especially compelling. Worth reading from this point of view alone.

I'm surprised there aren't a lot of reviews for this pleasurable and affecting work already. Indeed, having reread it eight years on from my first review, I find I like it the more
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I am new to philosophy and found this book easy to read, but also a good, intelligent read which has really helped me in planning my assignments and thinking philosophically.

I highly recommend this book
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By Vincent Parker on 21 Feb. 2015
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