Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective
Paperback ISBN: 0226311112
"Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective will surprise some, shock others, and unleash a flood of speculation about what has happened to James Gustafson. The answer quite simply is nothing has happened to Gustafson except that he has now turned his attention to developing his constructive theological position, and we should all be very glad. . . . In this, the first of two volumes, Gustafson displays his colors as a constructive theologian, and they are indeed brilliant and splendid. . . . Though Gustafson is a theologian who works in the Christian tradition, he reminds us that the God Christians worship is not merely the Christian God. For Gustafson the kind of God who is the object of the theologians's reflection eludes or surpasses the inevitably confessional activity of Christian theological reflection. Thus Gustafson, the constructive theologian, is also Gustafson the revisionist theologian who takes as his task nothing less than challenging the anthropocentrism that he alleges characterizes mainstream Western Christian theology."—Stanley Hauerwas, Journal of Religion
How Could You Do That?!
The Abdication of Character, Courage, and Conscience
Paperback ISBN: 0060928069
Arguing that values and character are the key elements to providing a richer, more fulfilling life, the author of Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives explores current trends in irresponsible behavior and challenges us to rediscover seven vital attributes. Reprint. $60,000 ad/promo.
Personality and Polity
Paperback ISBN: 0195080122
Hurley here revives a classical idea about rationality in a modern framework, by developing analogies between the structure of personality and the structure of society in the context of contemporary work in philosophy of mind, ethics, decision theory and social choice theory. The book examines the rationality of decisions and actions, and illustrates the continuity of philosophy of mind on the one hand, and ethics and jurisprudence on the other. A major thesis of the book is that arguments drawn from the philosophy of mind may be used to undermine widely held subjectivist positions in ethics and politico-economic theory. The work is inspired by the philosophies of Wittgenstein and Davidson, but goes on to connect their arguments about interpretation with formal work in decision theory and social choice theory, and with the theory of adjudication.
Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help
Hardcover ISBN: 1594204330
In a thought-provoking volume that combines real-life stories of unimaginable selflessness along with the shocking implications of these ethical acts, a celebrated journalist delves into the psychological roots and existential dilemmas motivating those rare individuals practicing lives of extreme ethical commitment.
100 Conversations You Need to Have
A Philosophy Guide for Daily Growth / a Stoic Philosophy Guide for Daily Growth /A Chinese Philosophy Guide for Daily Growth
Paperback ISBN: 1618117998
Each notebook of "100 Conversations You Need to Have" provides 100 questions concerning happiness, friendship, discipline, patience, the meaning of life and death and a range of other essential topics. The pages within invite the reader to write a response to each question, then offers a famous philosopher
Anger and Forgiveness
Resentment, Generosity, Justice
Hardcover ISBN: 0199335877
We live in a culture of apology and forgiveness. But while there are a few thinkers who are critical of forgiveness as being too supine, and extol the virtues of retribution and 'getting even,' philosopher and intellectual Martha C. Nussbaum criticizes forgiveness from the other side: that in the realm of personal relations, forgiveness is at its heart inquisitorial and disciplinary. In this volume based on her 2014 Locke Lectures, Nussbaum paints a startling new portrait that strips the notion of forgiveness down to its Judeo-Christian roots, where it was structured by the moral relationship between a score-keeping God and penitent, self-abasing, and erring mortals. The relationship between a wronged human and another is, she says, based on this primary God-human relationship. Nussbaum agrees with Nietzsche in seeing in forgiveness a displaced vindictiveness and a concealed resentment that are ungenerous and unhelpful in human relations. She says forgiveness can give aid and comfort to a certain narcissism of resentment that a loving and generous person should eschew-in favor of a generosity that gets ahead of forgiveness and prevents its procedural thoughts from taking place. With a wide range of literary and classical references as background, Nussbaum pursues her penetrating and wide-ranging exploration of anger and forgiveness from the personal realm into the political, as well as into a so-called middle realm where we interact with people and groups who are not our close friends or family. A great deal of resentment toward others is in this middle realm, and she argues that the Stoics were right-we should try and understand how petty most slights are, and avoid anger to begin with.
The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
Paperback ISBN: 1250024080
A revelatory exploration of what motivates individual acts of courage and conscience in dangerous circumstances shares the inspiring stories of unlikely resisters while offering insights by psychologists and neuroscientists. By the award-winning author of Absolute Convictions.
The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business
Paperback ISBN: 1101970812
A PopSugar Best Book of the Year To call these unsettling times is an understatement: our political leaders are less and less respectable; in business, cheating, lying, and stealing are hazily defined; and in daily life, technology permits us to act in ways inconceivable without it. Yet somehow, people still draw lines between what is acceptable and what is not. In Behaving Badly, Eden Collinsworth speaks with a wide range of figures—from experts to everyday people—to parse out the parameters of modern morality. In her quest, she squares off with, among others, a neuroscientist who explains why we’re not necessarily designed to be good; a CEO fired for blowing the whistle on his multinational corporation; and the cheerfully unrepentant founder of a website facilitating affairs for married people. Fearless, timely, and always thought-provoking, Behaving Badly takes us on an unforgettable journey through the treacherous territory of right and wrong.