Enhancing Our Way to Happiness?: Aristotle Versus Bacon on the Nature of True Happiness

Overview

What does it mean to be happy? Today we are attempting to answer this question with our understanding of science in relation to self-fulfillment. In modern times, the concept of "self" has replaced the pre-modern idea of "soul." The notion of the "self" has had colossal implications concerning what we deem necessary to be happy. Author Kathy McReynolds argues that the modern self can indeed become self-fulfilled, but not truly happy, with the help of science, especially biotechnology. Happiness, according to ...
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Overview

What does it mean to be happy? Today we are attempting to answer this question with our understanding of science in relation to self-fulfillment. In modern times, the concept of "self" has replaced the pre-modern idea of "soul." The notion of the "self" has had colossal implications concerning what we deem necessary to be happy. Author Kathy McReynolds argues that the modern self can indeed become self-fulfilled, but not truly happy, with the help of science, especially biotechnology. Happiness, according to Professor McReynolds, requires an understanding of the self as a soul, and also an understanding of the true nature of human activity. She draws upon the classical and modern theories of Aristotle and Francis Bacon to reconsider the idea of the soul. This book offers a unique perspective to the interesting and necessary discussion of the soul.
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McReynolds book…propels us powerfully toward a deep and rich understanding of what it means to be human.
— Arthur J. Spring, College of Saint Benedict / St. Johns University
Bridges - Arthur J. Spring
McReynolds book…propels us powerfully toward a deep and rich understanding of what it means to be human.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761829744
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy McReynolds is Professor of Philosophy at Biola University. Professor McReynolds holds a doctorate in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction: A Conversation; Aristotle versus Bacon Chapter 3 One: Extreme Makeover and the Baconian Tradition; The Self, Enhancements, and the Pursuit of Happiness; Enhancements, Ethics, and bacon's Influence; Why Worry about Enhancements? Chapter 4 Two: Bacon on Conquering Nature; Introduction; Francis Bacon in his Time; The Mechanical Arts, Magic, and Alchemy; Bacon versus Aristotle; Bacon on the Human Being; What the Ancient Knew Which Bacon Denied Chapter 5 Three: Aristotle on the Soul; The Problem with Defining Human Nature; The Baconian Self; Some Concepts Challenged by the Baconian View; The Aristotelian Soul; Arguments Against Aristotle; Arguments Supporting Aristotle; The Self, The Soul, Happiness Chapter 6 Four: Aristotle on the Purpose of Medicine; The End of Medicine?; Medicine - A Distinct End = Social Power; Aristotle and the End of Medicine; Health as the End of Medicine Chapter 7 Conclusion: Aristotle on the Ethics of Happiness and Enhancements: Ethical Reflection Begins with the Agent; The Human Body: Who Controls It?; The Role of Medicine and the Morally Worthy Life: Bacon and Aristotle Compared Chapter 8 Bibliography
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