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Discussion 4 to Reflections on Ethics 76
Some Reading Suggestions

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On the web site Five Books, which attempts to provide the best five books on every subject, the philosopher, Mary Warnock has provided her opinion on the best five books on morality without god.

Warnock  "argues that children ought to be brought up to be moral agents. ‘They’ve got to learn to control their feelings and understand how other people feel. If you don’t teach people to think morally then society really is at the end of the road.’"[1]

The five books she recommends are:

  1. Dialogues, and Natural History of Religion - by David Hume
  2. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Philip Pullman
  3. Godless Morality - Richard Holloway
  4. The Collected Philosophical papers - G E M Anscombe
  5. Mansfield Park - by Jane Austen

The reasoning for these particular books is contained in the full article.



  1. Mary Warnock on Godless Morality, Five Books, 10 October 2010