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Introducing Ethics

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  205 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Ethics is the burning issue of current moral philosophical thought.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 7th 1997 by Totem Books (first published February 10th 1993)
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Mike Jensen
Aug 06, 2011 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
I like this book for what it does, but have problems with the issues it skips.

WHAT IT DOES: Covers the history of ethical philosophy from Plato to post-modernism concisely and informatively. States the different ethical schools clearly. Demonstrates the strengths and problems with each. Shows that all ethical systems break down when examined, except possibly post-modernism. (Give that time guys, p-m is too new to be demolished by the next generation of philosophers yet.) Gives a devastating post
The book is largely a historical survey of the Western ethical tradition, but it ends on a discussion of particular ethical issues (the environment, the treatment of animals, and euthanasia). I like the whimsical graphics featured in this series, and the explanations are generally quite clear. However, I found that Robinson's opinion of particular thinkers bled through at times (e.g., he uses the word "dull" in reference to Aristotle's ideas more than once).

My more serious objection is to the b
Michelle Lynne
Jun 07, 2014 Michelle Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I got a handful of the "A Graphic Guide" books, so this was the first one I actually delved into, and I'm pretty thankful I got them. This book was really helpful for me to understand things about philosophers and concepts that I learned about in high school! The Graphic Guide made things a lot simpler to understand without seeming condescending. I really enjoyed the learning experience and am looking forward to reading more of this series!
It's just an overview, I started to enjoy it but it was a little too brief. I wanted more detail but great overview
May 10, 2014 Erika_kartmann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Das Buch bietet einen schnellen Einstieg in die Geschichte der Ethik von der Antike bis in die Postmoderne. Der Fokus liegt hier eindeutig auf der sogenannten westlichen Philiosophie.
Am Schluss werden aktuelle Themen wie Sterbehilfe und Tierethik behandelt.

So ein Sachcomic schwebt zwischen Baum und Borke,
einerseits soll er für Anfänger und Laien einen einfachen Einstieg bilden, andererseits soll er Menschen mit Vorwissen nicht langweilen und Experten auf dem Gebiet sollte er bestenfalls unterhal
Feb 20, 2015 Michael marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A short overview of the philosophy of ethics. Lots and lots of -ists and -isms: Objectivism, subjectivism, utiltarianism, post-modernism, and many others. I have been meaning to drop the phrase "categorical imperative" in a sentence for a long time. You Kant stop me! (That's a little philosophy humor). I like Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine much more than Nietzsche, Sartre, and Derrida. I was most intrigued by the idea of feminist ethics, which the author summarized as S.H.E: sane, humane, and e ...more
This book is an overview of ethics and is just too brief in detail to be a true introduction. However, a further reading section is provided should you want to delve further into the topic. As information was so brief about each philosopher I found it difficult to get into this book although I did enjoy the sections that looked at ethics in relation to the environment, treatment of animals and euthanasia. This book provides a nice overview but if you are interested in a more in depth look at eth ...more
Myles Curtis
yea, it was a good refresher. want to check out gramsci, nussbaum, and bauman now.
Jan 11, 2015 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good and fun way of introducing the ignoramus to past and contemporary issues in ethics and morality.
Solongo A
Jun 22, 2016 Solongo A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good good good!
Jan 31, 2012 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gives a very good overview for students of philosophy/ethics at A-Level and upwards. By it's very nature it is only a brief sketch of the various schools of thought but there is enough here to build on further or, like me, help go over ideas that have become somewhat hazy since I last did philosophy as a course.
Abe Something
Too loose of an overview to really serve as a good introduction. To the book's credit, it did provide the titles of essays and books by key figures in the field which is helpful to those of us looking for a greater understanding of the subject matter.
A solid introduction to the subject of ethics. It gives an overview of ethical theories throughout time and also has a closer look at animal rights and environmental ethics.
Karen Jett
Jul 28, 2009 Karen Jett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent summary of the history of ethics from a philosophical viewpoint. I loved the use of 'comics' to illustrate each point. Note: this is an overview as the title indicates.
Ahmed Harfoush
May 05, 2013 Ahmed Harfoush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concise. Good. Informative. Had to look up words in the dictionary many times :)
Informative, clear, funny and easy to understand.
Jan 08, 2014 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
in case you want to feel less bad about yourself
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