Human Excellence and an Ecological Conception of the Psyche

Human Excellence and an Ecological Conception of the Psyche

by John Hanwell Riker


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This book explores the possibility of grounding the idea of human excellence, which has traditionally been associated with hierarchical systems, on an ecological structuring of the psyche. Riker bases his concept on recent work in psychoanalytic theory, emotion theory, sociobiology, ethnogenic social psychology, and feminism, as well as on the insights of such philosophers as Aristotle, Nietzsche, Whitehead, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791405192
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/03/1991
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John H. Riker is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at The Colorado College, Colorado Springs.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: How Are We To Do Ethics?

Part I: Memory

2. Happiness
3. Death of a Psyche
4. Ideals

Part II: Psyche

5. Basic Needs
6. Emotions, Capacities, Character
7. The Making of Psyche

Part III: Excellence

8. Ecological Thinking
9. Ecological Speaking
10. Ecological Dwelling
11. Heroines and Heroes of the Future



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