Rethinking Goodness

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Essays, most of which were published between 1978 and 1985. Evans writes social, not political history. These essays do not give a coherent picture of 19th and early 20th century Germany, but make interesting supplementary reading. Seeing a fundamental conflict between liberalism and authoritarianism, the authors both in psychology at Duke propose an escape from society's swings between them. They find the underlying problem in the religious and externalized origin of ethics. Paper edition unseen, $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438423104
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 591 KB

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Minimalist Predicament

  • The Legacy of Liberalism
  • Calls to Abridge Autonomy
  • Another Way

2. Student Voices on Values

  • Work and Effort
  • Pairing Off
  • Living in Society

3. Virtue Desired

  • Greece before Plato and Aristotle
  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Buddha and Confucius

4. The Mystification of Goodness

  • The Good as God's Commands
  • The Severing of Virtue from Human Desire
  • The Philsophers

5. What the Humanist Forgot

  • The Good on Our Genes
  • The Insufficiency of Spontaneous Goodness

6. Dealing with Differences

  • Respect and Relativism
  • Can Ethical Beliefs Be Justified?

7. Some Thoughts for Feminists, Communitarians, and Moral Educators

  • Feminism
  • Community
  • Moral Education

Notes

Index

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