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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Biased & charged; not an introduction, 18 May 2011
This review is from: Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
From another amazon review on this book:
"...his writing he comes across as rather arrogant and opinionated. [...] This would, of course, not be a problem if this was a thesis or his own view on a certain theory of ethics, however for an introduction, was not perhaps pitched correctly."

I wholeheartedly agree with this summary of the writers style. In several places in the book, he keeps refuting ethical criticisms (from e.g. Nietzsche) with one-liners and false/biased logic.

It annoyed me that the author kept moving through so much valid criticism, and he keeps on brushing it off like none of it has any validity at all.
E.G. he states that unifying theories are too simple, therefore not valid at all. He goes on to call them unifying pessimisms...

However, the book can be considered a semi-introduction, so I'll give it 2 stars. Just beware of the erroneous logic and one-liners, in which the author tries to persuade you.

How this book could have been better:
- Neutral approach to the subject
- Better organization of the subject matter (build up/introduction)
- Several authors writing together
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