Empirical Realism : Meaning and the Generative Foundation of Morality
In Empirical Realism David K. Clark asks, simply: is there a moral structure to the universe? His answer takes a rigorous detour through key questions raised by classical philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. Although the argument favors the moral realist's position that the universe does have a moral structure integral to the quality and direction of human life it also serves to further complicate this issue for moral realism.
- Hardback | 417 pages
- 154.9 x 226.1 x 40.6mm | 793.8g
- 01 Dec 2003
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview Chapter 2 In Search of the World Well Lost: Realism vs Antirealism Chapter 3 The Midas Touch: The Enigma of Empiricism and the Dogma of Pragmatism Chapter 4 Harnessing the Midas Touch: The World Recovered Chapter 5 Psychological Meaning: Intrinsic to Internal Processes? Chapter 6 Enjoying Your Experience and Having It Too Chapter 7 The Transition to Morality Chapter 8 The Face of Moral Realism Chapter 9 Moral Realism Under Fire Chapter 10 No Exit: The Exclusive Disjunction Chapter 11 The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Monism vs Pluralism Chapter 12 Beyond Focal Things and Practices Chapter 13 Dignity of Meaning and Being Chapter 14 Adjudication: Convergence and Vision
Very few philosophers would take on the scope and reach of this volume. Fewer would manage the task with as much eloquence and elegance as David Clark. Spanning a range of integrated topics in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and ethics, Clark offers a highly novel and spirited defense of realism which includes substantive discussion of core issues in philosophy of technology and environmental ethics-two topics not usually covered in such conversations. This book will surely thrill some and outrage others. Whatever one's response, the ride Clark takes us on with this ambitious volume is well worth the trip. -- Andrew Light, New York University David Clark takes up Richard Sylvan's famous challenge to create a new environmental ethic...Additionally, his identification of prohibitions against the destruction of a rich life and the infliction of horrifying experience upon another being seem promising normative principles for the treatment of human and non-human others and go some way towards solving the anthropocentrism problem. As well, those interested in the possibilities for a Heideggerian ethics will find valuable material for reflection here. -- Richard Matthews, Mount Allison University David Clark's book is an ambitious and far-reaching defense of a robust form of moral realism. Overall Clark's book engages the contemporary analytic literature in a wide range of key areas, including the latest work on moral realism. His position is novel and challenging, rooted in an abiding respect for our everyday moral experience, yet at the same time sensitive to the ways in which that experience can be corrupted or distorted by culture and moral tradition. His sensibilities are poetic, and his account of the dignity we can discover in the objects of everyday experience is courageous and powerful. -- Gregory Velazco y Trianosky, California State University
About David Clark
David K. Clark is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Montana. Specializing in ethics, metaphysics and philosophy of mind-with an emphasis on literature and film-he teaches both philosophy and liberal studies on a part-time basis.