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3.0 out of 5 stars A philosophical analysis of the concept of goodness, 30 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Ethics, Evil, and Fiction (Hardcover)
The first chapters of this book are difficult for the non-philosophically trained but contain a discussion of goodness which is important for those wanting to comment on ethics. The first review of this book (above) makes the sort of mistake which McGinn exposes over and over: to say that ethics exists in a social context is saying nothing more than "science exists in a social context". Neither of these statements undermines a realist construal of the semantics of ethical propositions (or scientific propositions) or their objectivity: they just remind us that disagreement is common and that solutions are extraordinarily difficult. McGinn offers critiques of many analyses of goodness - the common theme being that something is always left out by the analysis which is found in our ordinary concept of goodness. Definitely worth reading if you want to get an introduction to contemporary metaethics/ethics.
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