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Derek Parfit, On What Matters 1

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Derek Parfit, On What Matters 1

On What Matters is a major work in moral philosophy. It is the long-awaited follow-up to Derek Parfit’s 1984 book Reasons and Persons, one of the landmarks of twentieth-century philosophy. In this first volume Parfit presents a powerful new treatment of reasons and rationality, and a critical examination of three systematic moral theories — Kant’s ethics, contractualism, and consequentialism — leading to his own ground-breaking synthetic conclusion. Along the way he discusses a wide range of moral issues, such as the significance of consent, treating people as a means rather than an end, and free will and responsibility.

Derek Parfit, On What Matters 2

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Derek Parfit, On What Matters 2

The second volume of Derek Parfit’s magnum opus is in four parts. The first presents critiques of his work by four of the world’s leading moral philosophers. The second contains his responses. The third and longest part is a self-contained monograph by Parfit on normativity. The final part comprises seven new essays by Parfit on Kant, reasons, irrationality, autonomy – and why the universe exists.

Salvador Giner, El origen de la moral

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Salvador Giner, El origen de la moral

De la tapa: “Somos seres morales: juzgamos la conducta ajena y la propia. Poseemos valores, creencias, invocamos las normas o las transgredimos. ¿De dónde procede todo ello? El profesor Salvador Giner explora en este ensayo, lúcidamente y sin cortapisas, los orígenes reales de valores y actitudes morales. Desvela las causas de los preceptos éticos y las de los conflictos que los generan. Contra la extendida idea del desconcierto actual de valores, El origen de la moral propone una ética secular, universal y
robusta.”

Ronald Dworkin, Justice for Hedgehogs

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Ronald Dworkin, Justice for Hedgehogs

The fox knows many things, the Greeks said, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. In his most comprehensive work, Ronald Dworkin argues that value in all its forms is one big thing: that what truth is, life means, morality requires, and justice demands are different aspects of the same large question. He develops original theories on a great variety of issues very rarely considered in the same book: moral skepticism, literary, artistic, and historical interpretation, free will, ancient moral theory, being good and living well, liberty, equality, and law among many other topics. What we think about any one of these must stand up, eventually, to any argument we find compelling about the rest.

Ronald Dworkin, Life’s Dominion

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Ronald Dworkin, Life’s Dominion

Life’s Dominion An Argument about Abortion and Euthanasia Ronald Dworkin taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: HarperCollinsdeze editie: 1995bindwijze: paperbackisbn: 978-0-00-686309-0pagina’s: 272 verworven via: Abebooks

Philosophy, Ethics and a Common Humanity

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Philosophy, Ethics and a Common Humanity

Philosophy, Ethics and a Common Humanity Essays in Honour of Raimond Gaita edited by Christopher Cordner taal: Engels gepubliceerd door: Routledge eerste editie: 2011 bindwijze: gebonden isbn: 978-0-415-54638-6 pagina’s: 239 verworven via: Amazon

Richard Sennett, De mens als werk in uitvoering

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Richard Sennett, De mens als werk in uitvoering

Socioloog Richard Sennett ontving in 2010 in Amsterdam de Spinozalens, een prijs die wordt toegekend aan vooraanstaande denkers over ethiek en samenleving. Deze bundel opstellen is naar aanleiding van die gelegenheid samengesteld. In het woord vooraf en het eerste hoofdstuk worden zijn leven, zijn inspiratiebronnen en werk behandeld. In zijn denken staat de vraag centraal hoe gewone mensen proberen een zinvol leven te leiden onder de harde condities van het veeleisende flexibele kapitalisme dat zich over de hele wereld heeft verbreid. In de twee volgende hoofdstukken komt Sennett zelf aan het woord. In zijn rede, uitgesproken ter gelegenheid van het ontvangen van de Spinozalens, geeft hij aan humanist te zijn en wil hij nagaan wat humanisme in het verleden heeft betekend en vandaag de dag nog betekent. In het essay ‘Sociologie als literatuur’ betoogt hij dat sociologie een vorm van literatuur kan zijn en zou moeten zijn; het is een ambacht. Het boek wordt afgesloten met een interview met Sennett, waarin de macht of onmacht van de – sociaal-wetenschappelijke – verhalenverteller weer aan de orde komt, en met een beknopte biografie en bibliografie van Sennett. Het boek heeft alle kenmerken van een gelegenheidswerk.

L.G. Jansma

Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

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Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

This astonishing series of aphorisms, put into the mouth of the Persian sage Zarathustra, or Zoroaster, contains the kernel of Nietzsche’s thought. ‘God is dead’, he tells us. Christianity is decadent, leading mankind into a slave morality concerned not with this life, but with the next. Nietzsche emphasises the Übermensch, or Superman, whose will to power makes him the creator of a new heroic mentality. The intensely felt ideas are expressed in prose-poetry of indefinable beauty.

Though misused by the German National Socialist party as a spurious justification of their creed, the book also had a profound influence on early twentieth-century writers such as Shaw, Mann, Gide, Lawrence and Sartre. It remains, to this day, a beacon of original thought.

Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man

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Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man

Thomas Paine was one of the greatest advocates of freedom in history, and his Declaration of the Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burke’s attack on the French Revolution, Paine’s text is a passionate defense of man’s inalienable rights.

Since its publication, Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, suppressed, and co-opted, but in Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, the best-selling commentator and polemicist Christopher Hitchens marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness. Hitchens, who has been called “a Tom Paine for our troubled times” (The Independent, London), is a political descendant of the great pamphleteer. In this vivid and engaging work he demonstrates how Paine’s book forms the philosophical cornerstone of the United States of America, and how, “in a time when both rights and reason are under attack, the life and writing of Thomas Paine will always be part of the arsenal on which we shall need to depend.”



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