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How to be Good: The Possibility of Moral Enhancement

John Harris


How to be Good? is the pre-eminent question for ethics, although one that philosophers and ethicists seldom address head on. Knowing how to be good, or perhaps more modestly and more accurately, knowing how to go about trying to be good, and the ways in which it is pointless or self-defeating to try to be good is of immense theoretical and practical importance. And what goes for trying to be good oneself, goes also for trying to provide others with ways of being good, and for trying to make them good whether they like it or not. This is what is meant by “moral enhancement”. There are many prop ... More

Keywords: moral enhancement, ethics, good, better people, better world, education, mood changing substances, political and social systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198707592
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198707592.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Harris, author
University of Manchester