What is goodness? Is goodness achievable, and if so, how? If being a good person is a matter of doing the right thing, then what is the right thing to do? Is it acting rationally, promoting happiness, exercising moderation in all things or respecting the freedom of others, or is it somehow a concoction of all these abilities, wisely adjusted to suit circumstances?
In this instructive, entertaining and often humorous book, Gary Cox, best-selling author of How to Be an Existentialist and How to Be a Philosopher, investigates the phenomenon of goodness and what, if anything, it is to be a good person and a paragon of virtue.
Part easygoing exploration of the age-old subject of moral philosophy, part personal development and improvement manual, How to Be Good carefully leads you on a fascinating journey through the often strange and surprising world of ethics.
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16 April 2020
Professional and scholarly
Acknowledgments 1. What is Goodness Goodness and Being Good Goodness and God Goodness and Philosophy 2. Achieving Goodness Goodness and Determinism Goodness and Egoism Theories of Goodness in General Goodness and Duty Goodness and Happiness Goodness and the Golden Mean Goodness and Freedom 3. The Reality of Goodness Metaethics Moral Objectivism Moral Subjectivism Back to Moral Objectivism - Just a Little Moore 4. Goodness at Issue The Abortion Issue The Animal Rights Issue 5. Concluding Remarks - How to Be Good Bibliography Other Media references Index
Gary Cox has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow. He is author of The Sartre Dictionary, Sartre and Fiction, Sartre: A Guide for the Perplexed, How to Be an Existentialist, The Existentialist's Guide, How to Be a Philosopher, The God Confusion, Deep Thought and a biography of Sartre, Existentialism and Excess- all published by Bloomsbury.