Download and read online Leading a Human Life in PDF and EPUB In this provocative new study, Richard Eldridge presents a highly original and compelling account of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, one of the most enduring yet enigmatic works of the twentieth century. He does so by reading the text as a dramatization of what is perhaps life's central motivating struggle—the inescapable human need to pursue an ideal of expressive freedom within the difficult terms set by culture. Eldridge sees Wittgenstein as a Romantic protagonist, engaged in an ongoing internal dialogue over the nature of intentional consciousness, ranging over ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of mind. The picture of the human mind that emerges through this dialogue unsettles behaviorism, cognitivism, and all other scientifically oriented orthodoxies. Leading a human life becomes a creative act, akin to writing a poem, of continuously seeking to overcome both complacency and skepticism. Eldridge's careful reconstruction of the central motive of Wittgenstein's work will influence all subsequent scholarship on it.
Download and read online Leading Lives That Matter in PDF and EPUB Leading Lives That Matter draws together a wide range of texts -- including fiction, autobiography, and philosophy -- offering challenge and insight to those who are thinking about what to do with their lives. Instead of giving prescriptive advice, Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass approach the subject of vocation as an ongoing conversation. They include in this conversation some of the Western tradition's best writings on human life -- its meaning, purpose, and significance -- ranging from ancient Greek poetry to contemporary fiction. Including Leo Tolstoy's novella The Death of Ivan Ilych as an extended epilogue, this volume will help readers clarify and deepen how they think about their own lives.
Download and read online Human Beings in PDF and EPUB "Papers ... delivered at the Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference on 'Human Beings' which was held at St. David's University College, Lampeter in July 1990"--Introduction.
Download and read online Horse Sense for the Leader Within in PDF and EPUB What keeps you from telling God, Yes'? Have you tried to surrender, but retreated when things got rough? Do you really want God to have his way in your life, but don't know how to yield? Wherever you are in your walk with God, you will find your present location within the pages of this book. The Other Side of Yes' will lead you beyond your struggles, and into a life of total and lasting commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. The wisdom and experience gleaned from 32 years of ministry will give life and light to your journey. You can safely take your heart and place it in God's hands, as you learn the true meaning of, I Surrender All!'
Download and read online Character Virtue Theories and the Vices in PDF and EPUB This book argues that the question posed by virtue theories, namely, “what kind of person should I be?” provides a more promising approach to moral questions than do either deontological or consequentialist moral theories where the concern is with what actions are morally required or permissible. It does so both by arguing that there are firmer theoretical foundations for virtue theories, and by persuasively suggesting the superiority of virtue theories over deontological and consquentialist theories on the question of explaining morally bad behavior. Virtue theories can give a richer account by appealing to the kinds of dispositions that make certain bad choices appear attractive. This richer account also exposes a further advantage of virtue theories: they provide the best kinds of motivations for agents to become better persons.
Download and read online What is the Meaning of Human Life in PDF and EPUB This book examines core concerns of human life. What is the relationship between a meaningful life and theism? Why are some human beings radically adrift, without radical foundations, and struggling with hopelessness? Is the cosmos meaningless? Is human life akin to the ancient Myth of Sisyphus? What is the role of struggle and suffering in creating meaning? How do we discover or create value? Is happiness overrated as a goal of life? How, if at all, can we learn to die meaningfully?
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Download and read online Virtuous Liaisons in PDF and EPUB Author Raja Halwani discusses how virtue ethics sheds light on three crucial areas of our lives: care, love, and sex. He has three groundbreaking theses: first, care should be construed as a virtue, and care ethics should be subsumed under virtue ethics. Second, romantic love is an emotion and not a virtue, and the best (most moral) love is the one found in a virtuous person. Third, virtue ethics allows for sexual lifestyles (promiscuity, open relationships, and sex work) that are abjured by traditional morality.The book's three theses are unique in important respects. The Chapter on care settles decisively the issue of care ethics' status. By arguing that care ethics is subsumed by virtue ethics, the book preserves the importance of care ethics and avoids objections to it. The chapter on love spells out the connections between love and the virtues and argues that romantic love is crucial to a well-lived, flourishing life. The third chapter argues that virtue ethics is perfectly hospitable to alternative sexual lifestyles, which boldly counters the conservative viewpoints of many virtue ethicists.
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