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The Moral Quest

Author : Stanley J. Grenz
ISBN : 0830815686
Genre : Religion
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Stanley J. Grenz masterfully leads readers into a theological engagement with moral inquiry that is a first-rate introduction to Christian ethics.
Category: Religion

The Quest For A Moral Compass

Author : Kenan Malik
ISBN : 9781782390305
Genre : History
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In this remarkable and groundbreaking book, Kenan Malik explores the history of moral thought as it has developed over three millennia, from Homer's Greece to Mao's China, from ancient India to modern America. It tells the stories of the great philosophers, and breathes life into their ideas, while also challenging many of our most cherished moral beliefs. Engaging and provocative, The Quest for a Moral Compass confronts some of humanity's deepest questions. Where do values come from? Is God necessary for moral guidance? Are there absolute moral truths? It also brings morality down to earth, showing how, throughout history, social needs and political desires have shaped moral thinking. It is a history of the world told through the history of moral thought, and a history of moral thought that casts new light on global history. At a time of great social turbulence and moral uncertainty, there will be few histories more important than this.
Category: History

Gandhi S Vision And Values

Author : Vivek Pinto
ISBN : UOM:39015042993892
Genre : Political Science
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India today faces the onslaught of multinational investment and globalization in every sector of its economy but more so in agriculture. Will the new economic policy relieve the hunger of, or provide remunerative jobs to, the millions living in rural India? In order to answer this question, Vivek Pinto explores the basis for reconstructing a more harmonious, poverty-free, nonviolent, and self-reliant society based on the ethical and moral principles with which Mahatma Gandhi experimented. This book successfully explicates Gandhi′s vision of a remarkable, constructive and inward-looking programme for reconstructing a truly independent, self-reliant and spiritual nation.
Category: Political Science

The Quest For Moral Foundations

Author : Montague Brown
ISBN : 0878406131
Genre : Philosophy
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A concise, yet engaging introduction to the field of ethics, this volume offers a systematic study of the foundations of moral responsibility. Montague Brown guides the reader on an examination of a wide range of ethical positions, including relativism, emotivism, egoism, utilitarianism, Kantian formalsim, and natural law. The discussion progresses from the weakest relativistic positions to the strongest absolutist postions, weighing the merits of each and ultimately arguing in favor of an absolute morality based on natural law. The book incorporates the voices of the major moral philosophers, from ancient to contemporary. It explains not only the history behind the development of each position, but also the roles science, democracy, and religion play in moral thinking today. Students and teachers of philosophy, ethics, and religion, as well as the general reader, will find that The Quest for Moral Foundations tackles the serious issues, yet offers an accessible introduction to the study of ethics.
Category: Philosophy

Moral Empowerment

Author : Sona Farid-Arbab
ISBN : 1618511114
Genre : Education
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Moral Empowerment is a groundbreaking recommendation that education systems and students can benefit from a new approach in learning - the development of the students capacity to pursue their own intellectual and spiritual growth, as well as the students active engagement in the long-term transformation of their communities. This illuminating idea is carried out on the basis of two central premises that we live in an age of transition from humanitys childhood to its maturity, and that a fundamental characteristic of this age is the growing consciousness of the oneness of humankind. Arbab explores the philosophical framework capable of guiding educational programs seeking the moral empowerment of students. Such efforts focus not only on the development of the students capacity to pursue their own intellectual and spiritual growth, but also on the students active engagement in the long-term transformation of their communities.
Category: Education

On Moral Law And Quest For Selfhood

Author : Mohan Parasain
ISBN : 9781134875306
Genre : Philosophy
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This book offers an original intersection of concepts from Immanuel Kant’s moral command ethics and Søren Kierkegaard’s existential ethics. The Kantian formulation of moral law is based on theoretical ground while Kierkegaardian ethics of the quest for selfhood views it as the very act of living. The present work provides an account of both these perspectives and questions whether these approaches to morality are mutually exclusionary. Using Slavoj Žižek’s ‘parallax view’ in the realm of morality, it argues that moral philosophy must engage with a constant critique of ‘difference’ around which the transformation of our various perspectives to morality revolves. This work appeals for furtherance of the conversation model and participation of perspectives to transcend ‘positional confinement’. It advocates the traversing of the ethical parallax to allow for intellectual openness and an empathetic perception of the ‘other’. Engaging and well-researched, this book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of ethics, political philosophy and continental philosophy.
Category: Philosophy

Ethics And The Quest For Wisdom

Author : Robert Kane
ISBN : 9781139490542
Genre : Philosophy
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Modernity has challenged the ancient ideal of a universal quest for wisdom, and today's world of conflicting cultures and values has raised further doubts regarding the possibility of objective ethical standards. Robert Kane refocuses the debate on the philosophical quest for wisdom, and argues that ethical principles about right action and the good life can be seen to emerge from that very quest itself. This book contends that the search for wisdom involves a persistent striving to overcome narrowness of vision that comes from the inevitable limitations of finite points of view. When applied to questions of value and the good life, this striving has ethical implications about the way we should treat ourselves and others. This study argues for the merits of this central thesis against alternative theories in contemporary normative ethics, and discusses its practical applications for social ethics, political philosophy, law and moral education.
Category: Philosophy

The Wilderness And The City

Author : Michael A. Weinstein
ISBN : 0870233750
Genre : Philosophy, American
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Category: Philosophy, American

The Moral Fool

Author : Hans-Georg Moeller
ISBN : 9780231519243
Genre : Philosophy
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Justice, equality, and righteousness these are some of our greatest moral convictions. Yet in times of social conflict, morals can become rigid, making religious war, ethnic cleansing, and political purges possible. Morality, therefore, can be viewed as pathology-a rhetorical, psychological, and social tool that is used and abused as a weapon. An expert on Eastern philosophies and social systems theory, Hans-Georg Moeller questions the perceived goodness of morality and those who claim morality is inherently positive. Critiquing the ethical "fanaticism" of Western moralists, such as Immanuel Kant, Lawrence Kohlberg, John Rawls, and the utilitarians, Moeller points to the absurd fundamentalisms and impracticable prescriptions arising from definitions of good. Instead he advances a theory of "moral foolishness," or moral asceticism, extracted from the "amoral" philosophers of East Asia and such thinkers as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Niklas Luhmann. The moral fool doesn't understand why ethics are necessarily good, and he isn't convinced that the moral perspective is always positive. In this way he is like most people, and Moeller defends this foolishness against ethical pathologies that support the death penalty, just wars, and even Jerry Springer's crude moral theater. Comparing and contrasting the religious philosophies of Christianity, Daoism, and Zen Buddhism, Moeller presents a persuasive argument in favor of amorality.
Category: Philosophy

Destiny The Inward Quest Temporality And Life

Author : Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
ISBN : 9400707738
Genre : Philosophy
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“There is no greater gift to man than to understand nothing of his fate”, declares poet-philosopher Paul Valery. And yet the searching human being seeks ceaselessly to disentangle the networks of experiences, desires, inward promptings, personal ambitions, and elevated strivings which directed his/her life-course within changing circumstances in order to discover his sense of life. Literature seeks in numerous channels of insight the dominant threads of “the sense of life”, “the inward quest”, “the frames of experience” in reaching the inward sources of what we call ‘destiny’ inspired by experience and temporality which carry it on. This unusual collection reveals the deeper generative elements which form sense of life stretching between destiny and doom. They escape attention in their metamorphic transformations of the inexorable, irreversibility of time which undergoes different interpretations in the phases examining our life. Our key to life has to be ever discovered anew.
Category: Philosophy

The Quest For Paradise

Author : Charles L. Sanford
ISBN : UOM:39015010849472
Genre : History
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Category: History

Governance Of Life In Chinese Moral Experience

Author : Everett Zhang
ISBN : 9781136849169
Genre : Social Science
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The last 30 years in China have witnessed tremendous changes, primarily as a result of the shift in focus by the state from class struggle to economic development. China soon eliminated the threat of famine and the rationing of food in the first decade of the reform era and increased its GDP per capita by 41% between 1978 and 2006. The average annual GDP growth rate during the same period is about three times the world average. Between 1981 and 2004 China had the largest poverty reduction in human history. Along with the fast economic development, there has been great change to the ethos of Chinese society from sacrificing life for the revolutionary cause to valuing life itself. This change, which is perhaps among the most significant in the transformation of contemporary China, has enormous bearings on the question of what is an adequate life in China now.
Category: Social Science

Moral Men Need Not Apply

Author : R. Donald McGaffigan
ISBN : 9780595363407
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Comments on author Don McGaffigan during his seven year odyssey (4 years priesthood quest, 3 years book writing): "What are they afraid of?"-Dick Connell, Exeter, NH "Don, this is the priesthood!" (While reading the letters of thanks Don McGaffigan received during his quest)-Father Craig Pregana, Voc. Dir. Diocese of Fall River, MA "This is not the point." (While reading the same letters)-Archbishop Charles Chaput, Diocese of Denver, CO "You have a high moral profile. You want everyone to live up to your standards."-Dr. John Walsh, Psychiatrist, Diocese of Manchester, NH "You did not fail in your quest Don, you discovered."-Paul Kelley, U.S. Marine Corps League, Cape & Islands Detachment 955, Orleans, MA "On behalf of the residents and Activities Department at Exeter Healthcare, I want to thank you for bringing your smiling face Every day you come, you bring happiness and joy to so many "-Kerry Robertson, Assist. Activities Director, Exeter Healthcare, Exeter, NH "We also think that it is very kind of you to dedicate all these great events to Cindy, who we believe must have been such a great person as you are also. Thank you for the wonderful times."-Sarah, Laura, Meg and Jill. Exeter, NH "Don, you are a fine man and have so much to offer the church and your community. Continue to contribute in every way that you can."-Matthew Smith, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Aldous Huxley

Author : Milton Birnbaum
ISBN : 9781351533089
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In the moral vacuum and world of shifting values following World War I, Aldous Huxley was both a sensitive refl ector and an articulate catalyst. This work provides a highly illuminating analysis of Huxley's evolution from skeptic to mystic. As Milton Birnbaum shows, in a perceptive interpretation of Huxley's poetry, fi ction, essays and biographies-what evolved in Huxley's moral and intellectual pilgrimage was not so much a change in direction as a shift in emphasis. Even in the sardonic Huxley of the 1920s and 1930s, there is a moral concern. In the later Huxley, there are traces of the satirical skepticism which delighted his readers in the decades preceding World War II. A man of letters, a keen observer, seeker of new ways while profoundly knowledgeable in the truths of ancient wisdom, Huxley tried to achieve a symbiotic synthesis of the best of all worlds. In clarifying and interpreting Huxley's intellectual, moral, and philosophical development, Birnbaum touches upon all the subjects that came under the scrutiny of a singularly encyclopedic mind. This book is of great worth to those interested both in Huxley the brilliant satirist and in Huxley the seeker of salvation. In his search, Huxley typifi ed the modern quest for values. Milton Birnbaum's study is an invaluable guide in that journey. His new introduction takes account of research and analysis of Huxley that has occurred since this book's original publication.
Category: Literary Criticism

John Wesley S Moral Theology

Author : D. Stephen Long
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114171924
Genre : Religion
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Stephen Long asserts that the theology of the Wesleyan tradition is best understood not as philosophical & applied ethics, but as moral theology stemming from the virtue tradition, particularly the work of Thomas Aquinas.
Category: Religion

The Second Mountain

Author : David Brooks
ISBN : 9780241400692
Genre : Self-Help
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NO.1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE SOCIAL ANIMAL Are you on your first or second mountain? Is life about you - or others? About success - or something deeper? The world tells us that we should pursue our self-interest: career wins, high status, nice things. These are the goals of our first mountain. But at some point in our lives we might find that we're not interested in what other people tell us to want. We want the things that are truly worth wanting. This is the second mountain. What does it mean to look beyond yourself and find a moral cause? To forget about independence and discover dependence - to be utterly enmeshed in a web of warm relationships? What does it mean to value intimacy, devotion, responsibility and commitment above individual freedom? In The Second Mountain David Brooks explores the meaning and possibilities that scaling a second mountain offer us and the four commitments that most commonly move us there: family, vocation, philosophy and community. Inspiring, personal and full of joy, this book will help you discover why you were really put on this earth.
Category: Self-Help

Pocket Dictionary Of Ethics

Author : Stanley J. Grenz
ISBN : 083086704X
Genre : Religion
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Stanley J. Grenz and Jay T. Smith define more than 300 terms related to Christian ethics, including ideas, issues, positions, thinkers, schools and specialties.
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The Quest For The Good Life In Precarious Times

Author : Chris Gregory
ISBN : 9781760462017
Genre : Social Science
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The study of the quest for the good life and the morality and value it presupposes is not new. To the contrary, this is an ancient issue; its intellectual history can be traced back to Aristotle. In anthropology, the study of morality and value has always been a central concern, despite the claim of some scholars that the recent upsurge of interest in these issues is new. What is novel is how scholars in many disciplines are posing the value question in new ways. The global economic alignments of the present pose many political, moral and theoretical questions, but the central issue the essays in this collection address is: how do relatively poor people of the Australia-Pacific region survive in current precarious times? In looking to answer this question, contributors directly engage the values and concepts of their interlocutors. At a time when understanding local implications of global processes is taking on new urgency, these essays bring finely honed anthropological perspectives to matters of universal human concern-they offer radical empirical critique based on intensive fieldwork that will be of great interest to those seeking to comprehend the bigger picture.
Category: Social Science

Doing The Truth

Author : Enda McDonagh
ISBN : UCAL:B3928315
Genre : Religion
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Category: Religion