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This review is from: What is Good?: The Search for the Best Way to Live (Hardcover)I find the following smug assertion 'It is fortunate that many who choose to work in medicine, are by inclination, among the best equipped to think them [the dilemma of ethics] through with intelligence, generosity and compassion', astonishing and very disappointing in a book by a teacher of philosophy. Anyone who has spent a lifetime - or even merely a considerable time - associated with the medical profession, would consider this statement to be due to either fealty or ignorance. Such a comment about the superior ethical or virtuous nature of the membership of any profession must devalue the standing of any writer appealing to the open-mindedness of his/her readers.
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Initial post: 11 Jan 2008 16:05:49 GMT
T. Vivian says:
Mr Robinson's comment seems bizarrely sensatioanlist and over the top. The quote in question merely alludes to the probable nature of those who would choose to spend a life/career engaged in helping their fellow man. Mr Robinson's comment appears to reveal a 'chip on the shoulder' regarding Doctors generally, (more effectively than it criticises the work in question). Does Mr Robinson feel that any note of praise expressed devalues all those not subject to it? Though Grayling is regarded as a heavyweight in his field, it should be remembered that this is merely pop-philosophy book and not a treatise.
Posted on 21 Jan 2008 23:46:11 GMT
Which part of "many" does JVAR not understand? Did Grayling say "most" or "all" or "the majority"?
Posted on 3 Aug 2008 18:26:24 BDT
Mark Liversedge says:
any negative review from a theist with poor grammar and spelling counts as an endorsement in my book.
Posted on 20 May 2009 21:09:10 BDT
Thanks for pointing out this passage. I am trying to choose a good 'Intro to Ethics' book and I would have been annoyed to have invested in this book and then come aross this simplistic comment.
Posted on 10 Sep 2009 01:18:22 BDT
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