The Philosophy of the Western

The Philosophy of the Western

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The great German novelist Thomas Mann implored readers to resist the persistent and growing militarism of the mid-twentieth century. To whom should we turn for guidance during this current era of global violence, political corruption, economic inequality, and environmental degradation? For more than two millennia, the worldA•s great thinkers have held that the ethically A’good lifeA“ is the highest purpose of human existence. Renowned political philosopher Fred Dallmayr traces the development of this notion, finding surprising connections among Aristotelian ethics, Abrahamic and Eastern religious traditions, German idealism, and postindustrial social criticism. In Search of the Good Life does not offer a blueprint but rather invites readers on a cross-cultural quest. Along the way, the author discusses the teachings of Aristotle, Confucius, Nicolaus of Cusa, Leibniz, and Schiller, in addition invoking more recent writings of Gadamer and Ricoeur, as guideposts and sources of hope during our troubled times. Among contemporary themes Dallmayr discusses are the role of the classics in education, proper and improper ways of spreading democracy globally, the possibility of transnational citizenship, the problem of politicized evil, and the role of religion in our predominantly secular culture. Dallmayr restores the notion of the good life as a hallmark of personal conduct, civic virtue, and political engagement, and as the road map to enduring peace. In Search of the Good Life seeks to arouse complacent and dispirited citizens, guiding them out of the distractions of shallow amusements and perilous resentments in the direction of mutual learning and civic pedagogyA‘a direction that will enable them to impose accountability on political leaders who stray from fundamental ethical standards.Besides receiving numerous Academy Awards and making the American Film Institutea#39;s list of the top ten westerns of all time, High ... When I was elected President, I told an interviewer that my favorite movie was High Noon. ... 2 Clintona#39;s remarks highlight the central theme of this essay and of Kanta#39;s moral theory, namely, doing the right thing requires us to do ... Kanta#39;s Moral Theory: Good Will and the Concept of Duty In his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Kant argues that theanbsp;...

Title:The Philosophy of the Western
Author: Jennifer L. McMahon, B. Steve Csaki
Publisher:University Press of Kentucky - 2010

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