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Ethics without Morals


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1. What Is Morality? 2. Does Morality Exist? 3. Would Amorality Be Viable? 4. Might Amorality Be Preferable? 5. Is Amorality Just Another Way of Being Moral? 6. How Shall We Treat Other Animals? A Case Study in Applied Amorality 7. What Is Ethics?

About the Author

Joel Marks is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of New Haven, USA and a Bioethics Center Scholar at Yale University, USA.


'In clear, plainspoken, engaging prose, Joel Marks presents the case for abandoning belief in morality. Anyone who wants to defend the practice of making moral judgments will have to confront the issues Marks raises, and the alternative to morality he proposes.' - Mitchell Silver, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

'Sitting down with Marks over a few cups of coffee and two afternoons was an enjoyable experience that provoked a lot of philosophical thought. It was an experience that had the virtues that conversations with interesting philosophers can have. And that is something to be said for the book.' - Timothy Schroeder, Ohio State University in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

'Ethics without Morals is not written in academic jargon and is quite accessible - indeed, it is a pleasure to read. Furthermore, it raises an important issue: Why do so many people who have been prepared to reject claims about the existence of a god [...] hold on to the idea of an objective morality, a notion that seems scarcely coherent? [...Marks's] book is a significant and useful contribution to a very important debate.' - Russell Blackford, University of Newcastle, Australia in Free Inquiry

"Joel Marks's work is both a deeply personal and public book: deeply personal insofar as it recounts Marks's conversion to a new philosophical outlook and adoption of a new ethical disposition; public insofar as Marks seeks to make a substantial contribution not just to ethical thought, but to public discourse about common issues of pressing concern, such as the (in)human treatment of animals." -Steven Johnston, University of Utah in Public Integrity

"I would definitely recommend this book to others. It generates discussion and reflection. The book would be fantastic to get those not familiar with ethical theory or metaethics thinking deeply about the foundations of ethics and understanding what a nihilistic view might amount to." - James McBain, Pittsburg State University, USA, in Teaching Philosophy

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