Life and Action: Elementary Structures of Practice and Practical Thought / Edition 1

Life and Action: Elementary Structures of Practice and Practical Thought / Edition 1

by Michael Thompson
     
 

Any sound practical philosophy must be clear on practical concepts—concepts, in particular, of life, action, and practice. This clarity is Thompson’s aim in his ambitious work. In Thompson’s view, failure to comprehend the structures of thought and judgment expressed in these concepts has disfigured modern moral philosophy, rendering it incapable of… See more details below

Overview

Any sound practical philosophy must be clear on practical concepts—concepts, in particular, of life, action, and practice. This clarity is Thompson’s aim in his ambitious work. In Thompson’s view, failure to comprehend the structures of thought and judgment expressed in these concepts has disfigured modern moral philosophy, rendering it incapable of addressing the larger questions that should be its focus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016705
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
The Representation of Life
Introductory     25
Can Life Be Given a Real Definition?     33
The Representation of the Living Individual     49
The Representation of the Life-Form Itself     63
Naive Action Theory
Introductory     85
Types of Practical Explanation     97
Naive Explanation of Action     106
Action and Time     120
Practical Generality
Two Tendencies in Practical Philosophy     149
Practices and Dispositions as Sources of the Goodness of Individual Actions     167
Practice and Disposition as Sources of Individual Action     192
Acknowledgments     213
Index     215

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