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Being and Worth : Critical Realism: Interventions (Hardcover) - Andrew Collier

Being and Worth

Critical Realism: Interventions (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 22nd April 1999
ISBN: 9780415207355
Number Of Pages: 136

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Being and Worth extends recent depth-realist philosophy to the question of values. It argues that beings both in the natural and human worlds have worth in themselves, whether we recognise it or not. This view is defended through and account of the human mind as essentially concerned with that of which it is independent.
Conclusions follow both for environmental ethics - that natural beings should be valued for themselves, not just for their use to us - and for justice in the human world, based on the idea that humans are unique and equal in respect of 'having a life to live'.

Introductionp. vii
Are there values independent of humankind?p. 1
Towards Spinozism: the cognitive paradigm of moralityp. 9
Spinozism: the work of reasonp. 23
Appendix to Chapter 3: Against irrationalismp. 44
Beyond Spinozism: the objectivity of valuesp. 52
Problems about the worth of beingp. 63
Good as being and good as endp. 66
Deficient causesp. 70
Degrees of beingp. 76
Away from anthropocentrismp. 79
The worth of human beingsp. 90
Supplementary essay: authentic existence and the fullness of beingp. 105
Notesp. 117
Bibliographyp. 121
Name Indexp. 124
Subject Indexp. 126
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ISBN: 9780415207355
ISBN-10: 0415207355
Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 22nd April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.26  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1