The Ethics of Creativity: Beauty, Morality, and Nature in a Processive Cosmos

The Ethics of Creativity: Beauty, Morality, and Nature in a Processive Cosmos

by Brian Henning
     
 

A central concern of nearly every environmental ethic is its desire to extend the scope of direct moral concern beyond human beings to plants, nonhuman animals, and the systems of which they are a part. Although nearly all environmental philosophies have long since rejected modernity’s conception of individuals as isolated and independent substances, few have

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A central concern of nearly every environmental ethic is its desire to extend the scope of direct moral concern beyond human beings to plants, nonhuman animals, and the systems of which they are a part. Although nearly all environmental philosophies have long since rejected modernity’s conception of individuals as isolated and independent substances, few have replaced this worldview with an alternative that is adequate to the organic, processive world in which we find ourselves.  In this context, Brian G. Henning argues that the often overlooked work of Alfred North Whitehead has the potential to make a significant contribution to environmental ethics. Additionally inspired by classical American philosophers such as William James, John Dewey and Charles Sanders Pierce and environmental philosophers such as Aldo Leopold, Peter Singer, Albert Schweitzer, and Arne Naess, Henning develops an ethical theory of which the seminal insight is called “The Ethics of Creativity.”

By systematically examining and developing a conception of individuality that is equally at home with the microscopic world of subatomic events and the macroscopic world of ecosystems, The Ethics of Creativity correctly emphasizes the well-being of wholes, while not losing sight of the importance of the unique centers of value that constitute these wholes.  In this way, The Ethics of Creativity has the potential to be a unique voice in contemporary moral philosophy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822942719
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1A processive, kalogenic cosmos
Ch. 1From mechanism to organism11
Ch. 2An ecstatic axiology41
Ch. 3An organic model of individuality66
Ch. 4Process as kalogenic99
Pt. 2A genuine ethical universe
Ch. 5A Whiteheadian aesthetics of morals125
Ch. 6Beyond the ideal150
Ch. 7The promise of a kalocentric worldview173

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