Are our lives meaningless? Is death bad? Would immortality be better? Alternatively, should we hasten our deaths by acts of suicide? Many people are tempted to offer comforting optimistic answers to these big questions. The Human Predicament offers a less sanguine assessment, and defends a substantial, but not unmitigated, pessimism.
3AM magazine follows up their 2014 publication Philosophy at 3AM: Questions and Answers with a new collection interviews, this time focused on ethics. Interviewer Richard Marhsall presents 26 interviews, balanced both in terms of specialty, gender, and seniority, so that the result is a balanced and engaging portrait of the state of the art in ethics today.
In this accessible yet throught-provoking work, Lisa Tessman takes us through gripping examples of the impossible demands of morality - some epic, and others quotidian - whose central predicament is: How do we make decisions when morality demands we do something that we cannot?
During a 3-year 8-nation journey, Michael Ignatieff found that while human rights is the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is that of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust, and resilience. These ordinary virtues are the moral system of global cities and obscure shantytowns alike.
'What is a self, and how can a self come out of inaminate matter?' This book examines this riddle. Linking together the music of J S Bach, the graphic art of Escher and the mathematical theorems of Godel, as well as ideas drawn from logic, biology, psychology, physics and linguistics, it reveals the mysteries of human thought processes.
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Sun Tzu's ideas on survival and success have been read across the world for centuries. Today they can still be applied to business, politics and life. The Art of War demonstrates how to win without conflict.
Invites us to confront our mortality and live with passion, consciousness and intention - a life with no regrets. This book unveils ways of seizing the day that humankind has discovered over the centuries, ones that we need to revive, from the personal to the political. It explores the lives of seize-the-day pioneers including nightclub dancers.
What does it mean if a mind can exist unharmed within a deeply damaged brain?Through cutting edge research and case studies that are poignant, tragic and uplifting, Dr Owen maps this inner universe of the self, showing us what it means to be alive and human.
To help readers better appreciate Art of War, Lynch provides an insightful introduction and a substantial interpretive essay discussing the military, political, and philosophical aspects of the work, in addition to maps, an index of names, and a glossary.
Sir Anthony Kenny presents a fascinating and authoritative new history of Western philosophy. Specially written for a broad popular readership, Kenny's lucid and stimulating history will become the definitive work for anyone interested in the people and ideas that shaped the course of Western thought.
Rene Descartes had a short working life, and his output was small, yet he made significant contributions to philosophy and science. This book shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of a new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his metaphysics to support his programme in the sciences.
CONTENTS: Introduction Selected BibliographyFive Sermons: The Preface Sermon I - Upon Human Nature Sermon II - Upon Human Nature Sermon III - Upon Human Nature Sermon IV - Upon The Love Of Our Neighbor Sermon V - Upon The Love Of Our NeighborA dissertation upon the Nature of Virtue
Is it always wrong to lie? Should there be limits to personal freedom? Can killing sometimes be justified? Is the free market fair? What is the right thing to do? This title invites readers of all ages and political persuasions on a journey of moral reflection, and shows how reasoned debate can illuminate our lives.
Deals with the issue of intercultural learning that has been tackled, amongst others, in the fields of education, language education and applied linguistics. This book appeals to an international readership of students, scholars and professionals across a wide range of disciplines, interested in making intercultural education effective.
Explains how philosophers like Socrates and Pythagoras influenced Plato's thought. This book provides an account of Plato's puzzling theory of knowledge, and explains how this theory then directed his provocative views on politics, ethics and individual liberty.
Providing ancient and modern-day examples to illustrate Stoic principles, this book guides readers through the themes and ideas of Stoic thought. It presents Stoicism as an ethically viable way of life through rejecting their notion of ethical perfectionism in favour of a type of ethical progressivism consistent with other Stoic principles.
Thomas Hobbes, the first great English political philosopher, has had the reputation of being a pessimistic atheist. This study evaluates Hobbes's philosophy, describing him to have been passionately concerned with the refutation of scepticism, and to have developed a theory of knowledge, which rivalled that of Descartes in its importance.
Presents an exchange between a writer with a longstanding interest in moral psychology and a psychotherapist with a training in literary studies. In this book, they consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both their approaches is a concern with stories.
Covering Erich Fromm's entire life, this biography traces his traditional Jewish upbringing, the years associated with the Frankfurt School of Philosophers, through life in Mexico, and his work in America from the 1950s to his death in 1980.
Offers an introduction to Socrates, suitable for undergraduate students taking courses in Ancient and Greek Philosophy. This book suggests that it is in fact the Socratic insistence on self-knowledge that makes Socrates at once so pivotal and so elusive for the student of philosophy.
Drawing upon the work of Karl Popper and W.W. Bartley III, this text argues for an approach to rationality freed from authoritarian dependence on reasons and justification. It proposes an objectivist interpretation to make sense of single-case probabilities, even in a deterministic universe.
Offers an introduction to a central topic in philosophy. This book offers an overview of the key terms, concepts, thinkers and major works in the history of this key area of philosophical thought. It is useful to undergraduate students of moral philosophy and to the general reader curious about how philosophy tackles issues relating to morality.
Explores the power of fashion and its strange irrationality. The author - poet and philosopher - also imagines conversations between Hercules and Atlas, Nature and an Icelander, and the Earth and the Moon, as well as producing a simple essay praising the humble bird.
A comprehensive guide to the main positions, debates, key figures and problems as well as important terms in the philosophy of mind, this volume contains entries on historical and contemporary key figures, explaining the importance of the longstanding debates and how the contemporary field has been shaped.
The theme that links the essays in this book, written over 30 years, is the phenomenon of the Russian intelligentsia, which Isaiah Berlin describes as "the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world".
An introduction to the ideas and writings of the British Idealists. It offers a thorough account of this key philosophical movement. It explores the contribution of British Idealism to contemporary philosophical, political and social debates, emphasising the continuing relevance of the central themes.
Offers a comprehensive introduction to relativism and how it applies to the different parts of the basic, foundational areas of philosophy and, indeed, to every area of human enquiry. This guide provides a summary of the role of relativism in three key academic disciplines: science, politics, and religion.
Introduces Jacques Derrida's major works and ideas by tracing Derrida's reading (and re-reading) of Plato, Aristotle and Hegel throughout his writings. This book encourages the reader to enter Derrida's varied and complex legacy through the moments in Derrida's work that are concerned with the question of origins and beginnings.
Godel, Escher, Bach is a Pulitzer Prize--winning treatise exploring patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt Godel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. A groundbreaking book that has set the standard for interdisciplinary writing. A book every thinking reader must have.
"Long regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato s Republic that has yet been published, this widely acclaimed work is the first strictly literal translation of a timeless classic. This second ed"
Philosopher, dramatist, rhetorician, Stoic and pragmatist, Seneca was one of the most contradictory figures in ancient Rome, embracing a stern ascetic morality while amassing a fortune under Nero and eventually committing suicide. This biography reveals a life lived perilously in the gap between ideals and reality.