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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not a true 'introduction', 17 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
The 'Very Short Introduction' series by OUP are, in general, perfect for their market - insightful, unbiased and simply-set out introductions.

I felt that this effort felt somewhat short of these measures. While the author is clearly knowledgeable and highly intelligent, in his writing he comes across as rather arrogant and opinionated. The book comes across at times as simply a stream of Blackburn's consciousness (appropriately!). 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.

On the other hand, the book gives a flavour of the difficult subject of 'Ethics', and it did lead to some further reading. So on this count, then, it did 'introduce' me to Ethics, although it could certainly have done so with slightly more delicacy.
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2012, 11:38:37 BST
Roy Collins says:
What I would expect from an introduction is exactly what bgy7 says in the last paragraph, and I'm afraid I didn't see any of the arrogance and opinionatedness mentioned in the middle para. I liked the book: I thought it helpfully structured with well-chosen problems at the front and what I found convincing or at least helpful suggstions for how to deal with them, at the end.
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