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Spirituality for the Skeptic: The Thoughtful Love of life

Robert C. Solomon

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134674
eISBN:
9780199833733
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134672.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

For most of my life, I have been dismissive of both spirituality and religion. I say this to make clear the perspective and the starting point of this book, this search. No doubt, many of my readers ... More


Self‐Love and the Vices of Self‐Preference

Robert Merrihew Adams

in A Theory of Virtue: Excellence in Being for the Good

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199207510
eISBN:
9780191708824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207510.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Excellence in caring for one's own good had a central place in ancient thought about virtue, but modern ethical thought has often been reluctant to regard it as a moral virtue at all. This chapter ... More


Bringing Out the Best in the Self

Mark R. Leary

in The Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172423
eISBN:
9780199786756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172423.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Having examined the many ways in which the ability to self-reflect can work against people's happiness and best interests, the book concludes with a discussion of ways in which readers can protect ... More


Austen on What Strategic Thinking Is Not

Michael Suk-Young Chwe

in Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691162447
eISBN:
9781400851331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691162447.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines Jane Austen's views on what strategic thinking is not. Austen distinguishes strategic thinking from concepts possibly confused with it, such as selfishness, moralistic notions ... More


Rejecting the Illusion of Egotism

Karen C. Lang

in Four Illusions: Candrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151138
eISBN:
9780199870448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151135.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Repudiates the mistaken apprehension of impermanent phenomena as being a permanent self and criticizes the selfish and egotistic behavior exemplified by a king and undermines the king's false pride ... More


Conclusion

Garrett Barden and Tim Murphy

in Law and Justice in Community

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199592685
eISBN:
9780191595653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592685.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter provides both a brief overview of the various strands of the argument and some concluding remarks. It begins with reference to six pillars on which the account is built, and proceeds to ... More


The Graceful Exit

Norvin Richards

in The Ethics of Parenthood

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199731749
eISBN:
9780199866311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731749.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter concerns whether there are sacrifices that parents should not allow their grown children to make for their sake, even if the children want to make them. It argues against John Hardwig's ... More


From Altruism to Morality

Robin Small

in Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199278077
eISBN:
9780191602702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278075.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Examines the moral psychology presented in The Origin of the Moral Sensations. Borrowing from British associationist psychology, Rée maintains that an original valuation of behaviour according to its ... More


Spirituality as Rationality

Robert C. Solomon

in Spirituality for the Skeptic: The Thoughtful Love of life

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134674
eISBN:
9780199833733
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134672.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Spirituality also involves rationality, and spirituality is or can be rational, thoughtful, and in tune with modern science. But rationality has been perverted in modern thinking as “smart ... More


Rationality and Its Vicissitudes

Robert C. Solomon

in The Joy of Philosophy: Thinking Thin versus the Passionate Life

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195165401
eISBN:
9780199870103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165403.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Rationality has been under attack. One of the reasons is its seeming denial or neglect of non‐Western cultures. There is also a strong pretense of rationality, evident, for instance, in the rejection ... More


Eros

Robert Merrihew Adams

in Finite and Infinite Goods: A Framework for Ethics

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153712
eISBN:
9780199869381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153715.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter argues that Eros is an intrinsically excellent as well as beneficial form of love that deserves a place in our conception of God's love and in our ideal of human love. As Eros is ... More


Self-Pity, Sentimentality, And Selfishness

KLAUS HENTSCHEL

in The Mental Aftermath: The Mentality of German Physicists 1945-1949

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199205660
eISBN:
9780191709388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205660.003.0011
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Balfour, Hannah Arendt, and Hartshorne distinguish self-pity, sentimentality, and selfishness as characteristics of the attitude prevalent among post war Germans. This chapter provides illustrations ... More


Bad by Nature?

Dennis L. Krebs

in The Origins of Morality: An Evolutionary Account

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199778232
eISBN:
9780199897261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778232.003.0013
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter exposes two popular misconceptions about the evolution of morality, namely that the laws of natural selection dictate that all animals are selfish by nature, and because unselfishness is ... More


The Evolution of Altruism through Group Selection and Imperfect Design

Dennis L. Krebs

in The Origins of Morality: An Evolutionary Account

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199778232
eISBN:
9780199897261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778232.003.0021
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter reviews accounts of the evolution of altruism through group selection, and explains how imperfections in the design of evolved mental mechanisms can give rise to altruistic acts. ... More


Broad-mindedness: (Guang 廣)

in Shizi: China's First Syncretist

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159067
eISBN:
9780231504171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159067.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter discusses broad-mindedness as a virtue that a ruler must have in order to govern well. A ruler needs to be able to judge objectively between various arguments presented to him by his ... More


Morality Again

Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World: A Defense of Revealed Religion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199217366
eISBN:
9780191728495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217366.003.0025
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The moral concerns of Part II are now revisited. The need for morality to be largely secular is re-affirmed, although it is now added that religious commitment can enhance the reasons people have for ... More


Castration for the People: The Politics of Revision and the Structure of Violence in Hao Ran’s Short Stories

Xiaofei Tian

in The Making and Remaking of China's "Red Classics": Politics, Aesthetics, and Mass Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9789888390892
eISBN:
9789888455003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390892.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chinese socialist peasant writer, Hao Ran (1932-2008), was well-known for his novels, Bright Sunny Sky and The Great Road of Golden Light, and remained the best-selling author during the Cultural ... More


What We All Really Want

August Turak

in Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231160629
eISBN:
9780231535229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231160629.003.0002
Subject:
Business and Management, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

This chapter examines how we can apply the monastic model to our secular organizations in order to reverse the tide of employee disengagement by asking what we all really want from our lives, ... More


Ethical Standards, or, Why Good Things Happen for Good People

August Turak

in Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231160629
eISBN:
9780231535229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231160629.003.0008
Subject:
Business and Management, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

This chapter explains how adherence to the highest ethical standards contributes to business success by highlighting the case of the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey. A reputation for honesty and ... More


A primer in inclusive fitness theory

Andrew F. G. Bourke

in Principles of Social Evolution

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199231157
eISBN:
9780191774553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231157.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The basis of inclusive fitness theory is Hamilton's rule, which specifies the conditions for the spread of a gene for any of four types of social action, namely cooperation, altruism, selfishness, ... More


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