The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-secular Ethics

The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-secular Ethics


By (author) Clive Hamilton

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 33mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: St Leonards NSW
  • ISBN 10: 1742375782
  • ISBN 13: 9781742375786
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 194,833

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A radical reconsideration of the meaning of freedom and morality in the modern world.

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Clive Hamilton is one of Australia's leading thinkers, and author of the bestsellers Requiem for a Species, Affluenza and Growth Fetish.

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""Right on target and badly needed." --Noam Chomsky on" Growth Fetish

Table of contents

Acknowledgments..Preface..PART ONE Freedom reconsidered..1 The disappointment of liberalism ..2 Rationale ..3 Types of happiness ..4 Freedom and happiness ..5 Types of liberty ..6 Inner freedom ..7 Do we prefer what we choose? ..8 Self-deception and akrasia ..9 A digression on the ethic of consent ..10 Exercising inner freedom ..11 Subtle coercion ..12 The decline of free will ..13 From political philosophy to metaphysics ..PART TWO Philosophical foundations..14 The need for metaphysics ..15 Consciousness and the subject ..16 Phenomenon and noumenon ..17 The 'legislation for nature' ..18 Scientific thinking ..19 Knowing and being ..20 Instances of non-sensible intuition ..21 The noumenon and the Self ..22 A digression on the existence of God ..23 On death ..PART THREE Towards a post-secular ethics..24 Modern moral anxiety ..25 Moral relativism ..26 Reconstructing a moral code ..27 Rationalist ethics ..28 Genuine philanthropy ..29 The moral self ..30 Emotions as judgments ..31 Further thoughts ..32 Avatars of virtue ..33 Egoism and malice ..34 Eternal justice ..PART FOUR Moral judge or moral adviser?..35 Becoming good ..36 The theory in practice ..37 Suicide ..38 Sex ..39 Nature ..PART FIVE Freedom rediscovered..40 The ground of inner freedom ..41 Finding inner freedom ..42 The individual and the collective ..43 Aesthetics ..44 Happiness reconsidered ..45 The human condition ..Notes ..Index