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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excelent Introduction
This book is designed primarily for A Level students in ethics. The Chapters are easily and clearly broken down, and Vardy sensibly divides up the topics into 'Theoretical' and 'Applied Ethics.' All the principle ethical theories are traced, fro, Plato and Aristotle, to Kant, Bentham, and Fletcher. The Applied Ethics includes burning issues of the...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars treat with caution
For AS students Vardy enters into too much conjecture. A student could easily be duped into imagining that Vardy's own conjecture is academic scholarship. This is especially the case when Vardy hypoyhesises about natural law and human sexuality.
Much of this book is Vardy summarising the work of other philosophers and doing so with his own conjecture often straying...
Published on 8 April 2006


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excelent Introduction, 15 Jan 2006
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Mr. J. Featherstone "jonthegreat72" (Tonbridge, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Puzzle of Ethics (Paperback)
This book is designed primarily for A Level students in ethics. The Chapters are easily and clearly broken down, and Vardy sensibly divides up the topics into 'Theoretical' and 'Applied Ethics.' All the principle ethical theories are traced, fro, Plato and Aristotle, to Kant, Bentham, and Fletcher. The Applied Ethics includes burning issues of the moment; Abortion and Euthanasia, War, Human Rights, and Environmental Ethics. Each of these chapters is of a similar length and Vardy's great skill is in giving a concise and easy to understand summary of what are often complicated theories. An example would be the chapter on 'Kant and the Moral Law,' where he successfully picks through the jargon and heavy vocabulary of the 'Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals' to give one of the best outlines I have seen.
In short, a highly recommended book for students or the interested reader.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!, 21 April 2002
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Vardy is a fantastic lecturer of philosophy and ethics at Heythrop College, University of London and his passion for the subject is evident in this book. He manages to balance detailed theory with and interesting read, addressing up-to-date issues in e.g. medical and sexual ethics, ideal for the A level student who wishes to increase their breadth and depth of knowledge in ethics. Also a good read for anyone interested in reading about ethics and morality but is unsure where to start, no prior knowledge is assumed! I can recommend all of his books-but this especially is an invaluable addition to any thinker's library!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of Vardy's pure genius, 30 Jan 2009
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Well, what can I say? It's one of Peter Vardy's which means its a great book. It's a very useful and accessible text for use at A level and for a bit of background reading at degree level. It's also interesting if you just fancy knowing more about that sort of thing.
However, it's definitely easier to read if you've heard Vardy lecture because you cannot fail to hear him reading it in your head which makes the language much easier to cope with
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to ethics., 14 Dec 2000
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This is a powerful and easy to comprehend introduction to ethics. Ideal for all who are thinking of or who have started to study ethics. A clear and concise book that challenges the mind.Greatly reccomended!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars treat with caution, 8 April 2006
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For AS students Vardy enters into too much conjecture. A student could easily be duped into imagining that Vardy's own conjecture is academic scholarship. This is especially the case when Vardy hypoyhesises about natural law and human sexuality.
Much of this book is Vardy summarising the work of other philosophers and doing so with his own conjecture often straying from the point. The AS student might struggle to pick out the key points of Aristotle and Macintyre on virtue ethics for example.
It needs to be read very carefully and with some prior knowledge.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay., 9 Mar 2014
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I had to get this book for my A level philosophy course. Whilst it was what I needed, the condition of the book was awful! It was dog eared and 'well loved', but even had highlighter marks throughout the book. Not particularly happy but it was what I needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition, 28 Sep 2013
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Second hand excellent value, good condition, quicker delivery. Would use this type of service again, gotta love amazon for books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good condition, 2 Aug 2013
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i bought this book because one i borrowed was damaged it is in the same condition so i was very pleased with the purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, 9 May 2013
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Peter was my uni. lecturer in Philosophy of Religion thus I know his thinking and style. He is faultless in his presentation and this book allows one to grasp a difficult subject easily.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - would appreciate a kindle version, 17 April 2013
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Really good start to build a foundation for this subject. Peter Vardy makes these subjects very easy to consume.
Please could you release a kindle version?
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