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Any sound practical philosophy must be clear on practical concepts—concepts, in particular, of life, action, and practice. This clarity is Michael 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.
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LIFE AND ACTION

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Overview

Any sound practical philosophy must be clear on practical concepts—concepts, in particular, of life, action, and practice. This clarity is Michael 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.
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Thompson provides an original account of the fundamental character of the concepts central to practical philosophy, which depends on a conception of philosophical method which is itself of great general interest, over and above its significance for practical philosophy. Michael Thompson is a philosopher of the first importance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674033962
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 367 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Thompson is Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents


Contents
Introduction
Part One. The Representation of Life
1 Introductory
2 Can Life Be Given a Real Definition?
3 The Representation of the Living Individual
4 The Representation of the Life Form Itself
Part Two. Na've Action Theory
5 Introductory
6 Types of Practical Explanation
7 Na've Explanation of Action
8 Action and Time
Part Three. Practical Generality
9 Two Tendencies in Practical Philosophy
10 Practices and Dispositions as Sources of the Goodness of Individual Actions
11 Practice and Disposition as Sources of Individual Actions Themselves
Index
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