Ethics without God

Ethics without God

Ethics without God

Ethics without God

Excerpt

Many people have helped me in various ways in the writing of this book. Foremost is the help that I have received from several generations of students in discussing these issues at Amherst College, Harpur College, New York University and the University of Calgary. They have taught me much more than they may have realized. Professor Patterson Brown, who initially was one of those students, by forcefully and perceptively opposing the view I have articulated in Chapters One and Two, forced on me refinements for which I would not otherwise have seen the need; I am deeply indebted to him. I also owe a debt of gratitude to my wife, Elisabeth Nielsen, for helping me in many ways, great and small, and particularly for her persistent criticism of what she took to be (and indeed still takes to be) the wrongheaded direction of the last chapter. Finally, I should like to thank Kurt Neureither, Pamela Long, Beverly Forbes and Eileen Markson for their considerable help in preparing and delivering the manuscript.

Kai Nielsen, Calgary, Alberta, Canada November 1972.

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