CHAPTER 2

What is Not Covered

This book will disappoint you if you are looking for precision, academic debate, or grand theory—or solutions to difficult ethical problems.

Precision

Whether we like it or not, we live in a state of considerable ignorance about ourselves and every aspect of the world around us. We cannot therefore be dogmatic or altogether confident about anything, let alone the admittedly subjective areas of ethics. I have not even tried to be too precise or prescriptive, and have doubts as to whether it is possible.

We cannot live, however, as if we are in a state of total ignorance. We must live as if our understanding is adequate. This applies to cold facts and to theories as well as to what is best for us. It seems it is impossible ...

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