The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life

By Matthieu Ricard

Jean Francois-Revel, a pillar of French highbrow existence in our time, turned global recognized for his demanding situations to either Communism and Christianity. Twenty-seven years in the past, his son, Matthieu Ricard, gave up a promising profession as a scientist to review Tibetan Buddhism -- now not as a indifferent observer yet by means of immersing himself in its perform lower than the tips of its maximum residing masters.

Meeting in an hotel overlooking Katmandu, those profoundly considerate males explored the questions that experience occupied humankind all through its background. Does existence have which means? what's recognition? Is guy unfastened? what's the price of clinical and fabric growth? Why is there agony, warfare, and hatred? Their dialog isn't really in simple terms summary: they ask one another questions on ethics, rights, and tasks, approximately wisdom and trust, and so they speak about frankly the variations within the method each one has attempted to make experience of his life.

Utterly soaking up, inspiring, and available, this amazing discussion engages East with West, rules with lifestyles, and technology with the arts, supplying knowledge on tips on how to improve the best way we are living our lives.

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Ethics (Fundamentals of Philosophy)

By Piers Benn

Benn stimulates a priority for ethical discourse via an preliminary dialogue of ethical objectivity and relativism, a crucial challenge for moral conception in addition to essentially the most quick and functional matters in our modern international. He means that lots of the arguments provided in aid of relativism are fairly arguments for tolerance and elucidates the an important contrast and its implications. His emphasis on displaying the reader tips to imagine seriously concerning the concerns is dropped at undergo on key ethical ideas in the course of the e-book. loose will and determinism, excitement and happiness, purposes and factors, authority, and rationality are tested with perception and readability. Benn's based and perceptive therapy makes Ethics a terrific textual content for undergraduate classes. The publications to additional interpreting supplied in every one bankruptcy support the reader pursue fascinating issues and facilitate utilizing the publication along side basic sources.

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Morality Play: Case Studies in Ethics, Second Edition

Morality Play is a perfect complement for ethics classes, delivering a case learn process that's either versatile and useful. It offers 3 replacement equipment of association for common instructing ways: modern ethical difficulties, moral theories, and ethical rules. The creation illustrates tips on how to successfully use case stories within the lecture room and gives a quick assessment of the basics of argumentation and significant thinking.

that includes ten new case reviews, the newest version keeps to highlight essentially the most debatable, thought-provoking concerns in ethics this day. subject matters equivalent to crime and punishment, existence and dying, habitat and humanity, liberty and coercion, and price and tradition are made suitable via insightful case stories drawn from newspaper debts, felony critiques, and different real assets. The situations current discrete difficulties designed to make readers research their summary notions approximately morality.

name of similar curiosity from Waveland Press: Birsch, Introduction to moral Theories: A Procedural Approach (ISBN 9781478606703).

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The Virtue of Aristotle's Ethics

By Paula Gottlieb

Whereas Aristotle's account of the satisfied existence maintains to obtain recognition, a lot of his claims approximately advantage of personality appear so difficult that glossy philosophers have usually discarded them, or have transformed them to slot extra widely used theories that don't make advantage of personality vital. during this publication, Paula Gottlieb takes a clean examine Aristotle's claims, rather the much-maligned doctrine of the suggest. She exhibits how they shape a thought-provoking ethic of advantage, person who merits to be constructed and subtle. the 1st a part of the booklet addresses the character of advantage and the virtues, illuminated via the doctrine of the suggest. development at the conclusions of this research, the second one half explains the mentality of the nice individual and the kind of society that might let this type of individual to flourish.

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Ambition, A History: From Vice to Virtue

From rags to riches, log residence to White apartment, enslaved to liberator, ghetto to CEO, ambition fuels the yankee Dream. american citizens are pushed by means of ambition. but on the time of the nation's founding, ambition was once seen as a perilous vice, every little thing from "a canker at the soul" to the impetus for unique sin. This enticing booklet explores ambition's mind-blowing transformation, tracing attitudes from classical antiquity to early smooth Europe to the hot international and America's founding. From this wide historic standpoint, William Casey King deepens our realizing of the yank mythos and provides a notable reinterpretation of the advent to the announcement of Independence.

Through an cutting edge array of resources and authors—Aquinas, Dante, Machiavelli, the Geneva Bible, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, and many others—King demonstrates remodeled view of ambition turned attainable the instant Europe discovered that Columbus had found now not a brand new direction yet a brand new international. additionally the writer argues that reconstituting ambition as a advantage was once an important precondition of the yank republic. The publication means that even within the twenty-first century, ambition hasn't ever totally misplaced its ties to vice and maintains to show a twin nature, optimistic or unfavourable based upon the ends, the capability, and the person involved.

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Ethics without Ontology

By Hilary Putnam

During this short e-book probably the most exclusive residing American philosophers takes up the query of even if moral judgments can effectively be thought of objective--a query that has vexed philosophers during the last century. the efforts of philosophers from the Enlightenment during the 20th century, Putnam strains the ways that moral difficulties come up in a historic context. Hilary Putnam's critical challenge is ontology--indeed, the very notion of ontology because the department of philosophy involved in what (ultimately) exists. Reviewing what he deems the disastrous results of ontology's impression on analytic philosophy--in specific, the contortions it imposes upon debates in regards to the target of moral judgments--Putnam proposes forsaking the very thought of ontology. He argues persuasively that the try and offer an ontological clarification of the objectivity of both arithmetic or ethics is, actually, an try to offer justifications which are extraneous to arithmetic and ethics--and is hence deeply faulty.

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Socratic Studies

By Gregory Vlastos

This can be the better half quantity to Gregory Vlastos' hugely acclaimed Socrates: Ironist and ethical thinker. 4 ground-breaking papers that laid the foundation for his figuring out of Socrates are accumulated right here, including a 5th bankruptcy that could be a new and provocative dialogue of Socrates' arguments within the Protagoras and Laches. The Epilogue, "Socrates and Vietnam," means that Socrates used to be now not, as Plato claimed, the main simply guy of his time.

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Case Studies in Information Technology Ethics (2nd Edition)

@ This number of forty two fine quality, well-researched case reviews on info and laptop ethics addresses the main salient moral problems with the data age, and illustrates the foremost issues of desktop experts and knowledge managers this day. It engages readers who're rookies in desktop issues—and those who find themselves extra involved—in a thrilling discovery technique. The instances surround parts comparable to privateness, unfastened speech, highbrow estate, net entry, and coverage discussions—and characteristic the Microsoft trial, the Napster case, the FBI's Carnivore know-how, and the AOL Time Warner merger. For managers, executives, and IT execs who paintings within the box of laptop know-how, and to be used in company administration education schemes.

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Asimov et l'acceptabilité des robots

By Jean-Pierre Béland, Georges A. Legault

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), écrivain américain qui a marqué los angeles science-fiction, est mort depuis vingt ans. Pourtant l’intérêt pour son œuvre est toujours présent, comme en témoignent les activités qui signaleront le vingtième anniversaire de son décès. los angeles science-fiction possède un pouvoir particulier, celui de nous projeter dans le temps et, par l’imaginaire, de tracer le développement technologique ainsi que les réactions humaines à son égard. Avec le temps, los angeles science-fiction peut paraître très déphasée ou, au contraire, être demeurée pertinente pour penser une autre époque. L’œuvre d’Asimov met en scène, à travers diverses nouvelles et plusieurs romans, des robots dont certains ne sont que des machines complexes, alors que d’autres sont des humanoïdes. Ces robots qui interagissent avec les humains sur l. a. Terre ainsi que dans les colonies permettent à Asimov de soulever divers enjeux éthiques, économique, environnementaux, légaux et sociaux connus sous l’acronyme E3LS. Que peut-on tirer d’une lecture d’Asimov aujourd’hui? remark cet auteur pensait-il ces enjeux? remark en évaluait-il les risques et les répercussions? De plus, en imaginant une morale des robots pour les rendre plus acceptables socialement, remark voyait-il les enjeux du vivre ensemble? Enfin, on peut se demander aujourd’hui, alors que le développement de los angeles robotique et des implants avance à grands pas, si les robots d’Asimov sont ou seront un jour réalisables. Voilà les questions qui amènent deux philosophes et deux physiciens à se rencontrer pour penser l’acceptabilité des robots dans l’œuvre de science-fiction d’Asimov.

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Happiness and Greek Ethical Thought (Bloomsbury Studies in Ancient Philosophy)

This booklet provides a clean exploration of happiness throughout the principles of the traditional Greek philosophers. It introduces readers to the most currents of Greek moral notion (Socratic residing, Platonism, Aristotelianism, Epicureanism, Scepticism, Stoicism, Cynicism) and takes a detailed examine characters corresponding to Socrates, Diogenes and Alexander the good.
Yet Happiness and Greek moral concept is way greater than only a informal walk via old considering. It makes an attempt to teach how convinced universal subject matters in Greek idea are crucial for dwelling a cheerful lifestyles in any age. the writer continues that, in lots of respects, the Greek integrative excellent, opposite to the hedonistic individualism that many pluralistic societies no less than implicitly recommend, is a far richer replacement that warrants sincere reconsideration today.

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