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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the correct meta-ethics..., 7 Feb 2014
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I bought this on Kindle having read the book originally a few years ago. Going back to it now, having subsequently read some of his more recent work ('A Common Humanity', for example), some of the passages of 'Good and Evil' read a little bold. But his project is bold, and it's better to have strong, clear theses than endlessly qualified cop-outs.

I still think Gaita is basically right, and I wish that his work had greater recognition and influence. This book, especially with the new preface, contains all the central elements of his meta-ethics. I'd recommend reading 'Romulus, My Father', not just because it's an excellent book in its own right, but because it really makes clear where a lot of the ideas in 'Good and Evil' come from; the moral example of his father, for example. I suspect there are gaps in this book that are filled by 'A Common Humanity' too, though the new preface and afterword seems to cover the most relevant ground.

Anyone doing moral philosophy ought to be aware of Gaita's work, if only to break out of the standard view of 'Kant versus the utilitarians'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 15 Oct 2007
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this is the most thought-provoking piece of work i've read for a very long time. full of humanity and genuine insight. a treatment of morality that avoids the clinical eye or the wilfully simplistic approach (so popular now in modern ethical debates).

for those who thought goodness could not be persuasively defended as an irreducible property (cf. G.E.Moore) this is a real eye-opener. provided me at least, with a fresh look at why plato was and continues to be so brilliant.

incredibly readable, even for the non-philosopher.
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