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Introduction

John Kekes

in The Human Condition

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199588886
eISBN:
9780191595448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588886.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The aim of the book is to present and defend a secular view of the human condition. This view is pluralist, not absolutist; rationalist, not relativist; fallibilist, not skeptical or dogmatic; ... More


The Human Condition

John Kekes

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199588886
eISBN:
9780191595448
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588886.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This book is a response to the growing disenchantment in the Western world with contemporary life. It provides rationally justified answers to questions about the meaning of life, the basis of ... More


Fiction and the Weave of Life

John Gibson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199299522
eISBN:
9780191714900
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299522.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Literature is a source of understanding and insight into the human condition. Yet ever since Aristotle, philosophers have struggled to provide a plausible account of how this can be the case. For ... More


Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Nicholas Hammond

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Blaise Pascal's Pensées is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest masterpieces of seventeenth-century France, an unfinished work which has both inspired and perplexed readers in succeeding ... More


Self-Trust: A Study of Reason, Knowledge, and Autonomy

Keith Lehrer

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198236658
eISBN:
9780191679322
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236658.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book offers an original philosophical view of principal aspects of the human condition, such as reason, knowledge, wisdom, autonomy, love, consensus, and consciousness. Three unifying ideas run ... More


Machiavelli

Maurizio Viroli

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198780885
eISBN:
9780191695407
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198780885.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book presents a critical examination of Machiavelli's thought, and an account of his work with a reassessment of his central ideas and arguments. It challenges the accepted interpretations of ... More


Being Human

Ingo Gildenhard

in Creative Eloquence: The Construction of Reality in Cicero's Speeches

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199291557
eISBN:
9780191594885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291557.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses figures of thought in Cicero's speeches to do with being human and the human condition. Special attention is given to the notions that human beings are inherently fallible and ... More


Heinrich von Kleist: The Ambiguity of Art and the Necessity of Form

Hilda Meldrum Brown

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158950
eISBN:
9780191673436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158950.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book presents an integrated approach to the literary and non-literary writings of the major German author, Heinrich von Kleist. Analysis of Kleist's early letters, in particular, illuminates the ... More


The feasibility of global poverty eradication in nonideal circumstances

Pablo Gilabert

in From Global Poverty to Global Equality: A Philosophical Exploration

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199639717
eISBN:
9780191739033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639717.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter addresses the feasibility challenge against conceptions of global justice as it applies to the fulfillment of basic socioeconomic human rights. Section 4.1 introduces the challenge. ... More


Hannah Arendt and Political Theory: Challenging the Tradition

Steve Buckler

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639021
eISBN:
9780748652853
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639021.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Hannah Arendt's work has been noted for its unorthodox and eclectic style. This book aims to show that her unusual approach in fact reflects a consistent and distinctive conception of, and way of ... More


Conclusion

Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell

in Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195337112
eISBN:
9780199868414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This concluding chapter begins with a synthesis of the discussions in the previous chapters. It then offers a set of informed conjectures, based on the findings of the previous chapters, about ... More


The Universality of Emotions: Evolution and the Human Condition

Robert C. Solomon

in True to Our Feelings: What Our Emotions Are Really Telling Us

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368536
eISBN:
9780199852031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368536.003.0022
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter argues that an emotion is basic depending on its importance in a social context, not just its neurological origins. If any emotion is universal, it is because of the human condition, not ... More


Time Flows, the Child Plays

Krzysztof Michalski

in The Flame of Eternity: An Interpretation of Nietzsche's Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691143460
eISBN:
9781400840212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691143460.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter introduces the images of the grazing cows, the child at play, and the person observing them with envy and emotion. It argues that these images are supposed to confront us with human ... More


The Moral Problem of Assurance

Aaron James

in Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199846153
eISBN:
9780199933389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199846153.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter argues that assurance problems may arise among morally motivated agents, and that these are of fundamental relevance for the political philosophy of “ideal theory.” It is argued that the ... More


Natural Law

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/9780199592685.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter argues that the natural law is not a superior set of axioms, principles, or statutes that, for whatever reason, are not, or may not be, actually part of the law of the particular ... More


: Kant's Conception of Aufklärung

Henry E. Allison

in Essays on Kant

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199647033
eISBN:
9780191741166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647033.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This essay analyzes Kant's conception of enlightenment. It argues that, contrary to the view of Mendelssohn and many of his contemporaries, for whom enlightenment consists in the acquisition of basic ... More


Who Is Frankenstein's Monster?

Colin McGinn

in Ethics, Evil, and Fiction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238775
eISBN:
9780191598005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238770.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

In this chapter, McGinn begins with a study of the meaning of monstrosity, in which he considers the view set out in the previous chapters that evil is ugliness of soul. Monsters seem to be visible ... More


Theorising Political Action: The Human Condition

Steve Buckler

in Hannah Arendt and Political Theory: Challenging the Tradition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639021
eISBN:
9780748652853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639021.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Despite the ambition that is implied in the title The Human Condition, it is hardly surprising that Arendt does not offer a comprehensive and definitive theoretical account of human nature; the ... More


Playing with Truth

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Divertissement is directly related to the notion of play in the Pensées. The term emanates from man's corrupt nature and acts as an impetus to redirect him towards spiritual ... More


Introduction: Protrepticus

Paul Bloomfield

in Moral Reality

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195137132
eISBN:
9780199833092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195137132.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

An extended transcendental argument for moral realism is given cast in terms of an “argument from error”. This is distinguished from an argument from moral phenomenology because the errors under ... More


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