The Risk of Being: What It Means to Be Good and Bad / Edition 1 by Michael Gelven | 9780271017082 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Risk of Being: What It Means to Be Good and Bad / Edition 1

The Risk of Being: What It Means to Be Good and Bad / Edition 1

by Michael Gelven
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271017082

ISBN-13: 9780271017082

Pub. Date: 09/26/1997

Publisher: Penn State University Press

The Risk of Being attempts to forge a new language and a new way of reasoning about what it is like to be good and bad by focusing on existential phenomena that reveal what it means to be good and bad. It is thus a work that cannot be located among or compared to the more traditional theories of ethics or morality. What distinguishes this inquiry is not only the use

Overview

The Risk of Being attempts to forge a new language and a new way of reasoning about what it is like to be good and bad by focusing on existential phenomena that reveal what it means to be good and bad. It is thus a work that cannot be located among or compared to the more traditional theories of ethics or morality. What distinguishes this inquiry is not only the use of existential themes, such as outrage, temptation, and corruption, but the reasoning itself in an existential critique, which allows us to consider how and what we think as well as feel about being good and bad-the logos and pathos of these existential phenomena-and thus provides an access to the question about the reality of good and bad.
Recognizing that we have done wrong may induce frustrated responses, such as, "How could I have been so stupid?" or "Why was I so weak? " or even, "What has become of me? " These reactions, Gelven argues, point to folly, weakness, and corruption as ways of being bad, which can then be countered in phenomena such as judgment, courage, and integrity of character, as ways of being good. The analyses of these phenomena can reveal a great deal of existential understanding that no mere ethical or moral approach can offer. The emphasis is on understanding that "good" and "bad" are not mere axiological terms, but can refer to ways of existing.
By careful analysis, these ways can be forced to reveal the truth about goodness and badness. As Gelven's argument proceeds to show not only what it is "like" to be good and bad, but also what the reality of being good and bad must be, he offers new and often unorthodox insights into one of the great philosophical issues challenging the thinking mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271017082
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
09/26/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
PART ONE: LOCATING THE QUESTION 1(22)
Prelude: Raising the Question 3(9)
1 Provoking Phenomena
12(11)
Reprimand
12(4)
Outrage
16(7)
PART TWO: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BAD 23(70)
2 The Three Ways to Be Bad
25(15)
Ghastly Ignorance
25(5)
Shameful Weakness
30(4)
Abhorrent Character
34(6)
3 The Foolish and the Silly
40(9)
4 Temptation
49(12)
5 Corruption
61(7)
6 Punishment and Forgiveness
68(8)
7 Can the Good Do What Is Bad? (Transition)
76(17)
PART THREE: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GOOD 93(36)
8 The First Way of Being Good: Judgment
95(9)
9 The Second Way of Being Good: Moral Strength
104(10)
10 The Most Troubling Moral Judgment (Transition)
114(7)
11 The Third Way of Being Good: Character
121(8)
PART FOUR: CONFRONTING THE GOOD 129
12 The Pathos of Being Good
131(13)
13 The Logos of Being Good
144(12)
14 The Reality of Being Good
156
The Metaphysics of Being Good
156(4)
The Ethics of Being
160(3)
The Greatest Good
163

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