Reflections On How We Live

Reflections On How We Live

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The pioneering moral philosopher Annette Baier presents a series of new and recent essays in ethics, broadly conceived to include both engagements with other philosophers and personal meditations on life. Baier's unique voice and insight illuminate a wide range of topics. In the public sphere, she enquires into patriotism, what we owe future people, and what toleration we should have for killing. In the private sphere, she discusses honesty, self-knowledge, hope,
sympathy, and self-trust, and offers personal reflections on faces, friendship, and alienating affection.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15mm | 450g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199694648
  • 9780199694648
  • 1,386,619

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. The rights of past and future generations ; 2. For the sake of future generations ; 3. Discriminate death-dealing: who may kill whom, and how? ; 4. Can philosophers be patriots? ; 5. Why honesty is a hard virtue ; Postscript ; 6. Getting in touch with our own feelings ; 7. How to get to know one's own mind: some simple ways ; 8. The moral perils of intimacy ; 9. Feelings that matter ; 10. Demoralization, trust, and the virtues ; 11. Sympathy and self trust ; 12. Putting hope in its place ; 13. How to lose friends: some simple ways ; 14. Alienating affection ; 15. Faces, and other body parts ; 16. Other minds: jottings towards an intellectual self image
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...this book is full of vitality, and the informality of the writing makes for some quite enjoyable reading. * Michael Slote, The Philosophical Quarterly * The essays are very well written, often quietly funny, exceptionally wide-ranging, and full of the most unexpected and illuminating ideas, connections, and questions. They are engaging, interesting, often impassioned and enjoyable. Both their style and content reflect a clear literary interest, and that is partly why they make such good reading. * John Kekes, Mind *
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About Annette Baier

Annette Baier is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.
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