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Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues [NOOK Book]

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"MacIntyre--one of the foremost ethicists of the past half-century--makes a sustained argument for the cetnrality, in well-lived human lives, of both virtue and local communities of giving and receiving. He criticizes the mainstream of Western ethics, including his own previous position, for not taking seriously the dependent and animal sides of human nature, thereby overemphasizing the powers of reason and the pursuit of reason and the pursuit of autonomy. . . . This important work in ethics is essential for ...
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Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues

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Overview


"MacIntyre--one of the foremost ethicists of the past half-century--makes a sustained argument for the cetnrality, in well-lived human lives, of both virtue and local communities of giving and receiving. He criticizes the mainstream of Western ethics, including his own previous position, for not taking seriously the dependent and animal sides of human nature, thereby overemphasizing the powers of reason and the pursuit of reason and the pursuit of autonomy. . . . This important work in ethics is essential for the professional philosopher and is highly readable for students at all levels and for thoughtful citizens." --Choice
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Arguing that Western moral philosophy ignores human vulnerability and dependence, MacIntyre (philosophy, Duke U.) defends provocative theses regarding: our kinship with other intelligent animal species; the importance of "virtues of acknowledged dependence" as well as autonomy (all being "disabled" at some point); and the incapacity of the modern family and state to foster these virtues. References are interwoven in the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812697056
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/10/1999
  • Series: Paul Carus Lectures
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 509,768
  • File size: 256 KB

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Alasdair MacIntyre teaches at Notre Dame.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Vulnerability, dependence, animality 1
2 Humans as contrasted with, humans as included in the class of animals 11
3 The intelligence of dolphins 21
4 Can animals without language have beliefs? 29
5 How impoverished is the world of the nonhuman animal? 43
6 Reasons for action 53
7 Vulnerability, flourishing, goods, and 'good' 63
8 How do we become independent practical reasoners? How do the virtues make this possible? 81
9 Social relationships, practical reasoning, common goods, and individual goods 99
10 The virtues of acknowledged dependence 119
11 The political and social structures of the common good 129
12 Proxies, friends, truthfulness 147
13 Moral commitment and rational enquiry 155
Index 167
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    Posted June 2, 2014

    A very interesting and true take on human flourishing.

    A very interesting and true take on human flourishing.

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