Download An Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Moral Education by Robin Barrow PDF

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By Robin Barrow

This e-book provides and argues for an ethical thought which pulls on many of the significant theoretical positions to some extent, however it additionally spells out the bounds and limits of an ethical concept. In doing so, it exposes a few universal confusions and misunderstandings approximately morality, and provides a powerful argument for a few undeniable truths with regards to the ethical sphere. Divided into 4 elements, the e-book covers the main concerns inside ethical philosophy: part one presents a lucid and strong account of the character and boundaries of ethical conception, sharply distinguishing it from faith part two outlines a favorable ethical concept by way of exploring the defining rules of morality and the explanations for being ethical part three distinguishes ethical values from others similar to ecological, well-being and security and sexual values part four is worried with the consequences of our ethical realizing for ethical schooling. whereas this e-book concentrates on argument and concepts, a observation to every bankruptcy presents old context and modern reference issues. it is going to end up a useful source for college kids of either schooling and Philosophy.

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This brings us to the heart of the matter. Since integrity is a moral notion, the principles in question cannot be any old principles such as ‘Look after number one’ or ‘Never give a sucker an even break’. They must be moral principles. So the idea of integrity by no means solves all our problems. I have introduced it because it lacks some of the connotations of words like ‘virtue’ and ‘morality’. As I say, most people seem at ease with integrity; they may say that morality is dead, but they don’t say that integrity doesn’t matter.

They used to be linked to religion, but, for many, religion no longer has the grip it used to have. In addition, various factors, such as a sense of fatalism, the perception of great differences between people’s values, and perhaps simply an increased selfishness and materialism, may contribute to a widespread feeling that morality is dead. It is a rather old-fashioned concept, and what our pious ancestors saw as matters of objective right and wrong are really matters of opinion, preference, even mere taste.

Yes, there may be some other elements and principles that define morality besides well-being. Yes, there is still room for debate about what constitutes well-being or happiness. But surely at least a part of the reasoning that explains and justifies the claim that one ought to tell the truth or perform any moral act is that this is for our collective well-being. In the past some philosophers have been drawn to what are called social contract theories and in recent years there has been revived interest in modification of such theories.

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