Archive for the 'philosophy' Category

The Globalization of Ethics

Friday, May 30, 2008

By William M Sullivan and Will Kymlicka
Sullivan and Kymlicka seek to provide an alternative to post-9/11 pessimism about the ability of serious ethical dialogue to resolve disagreements and conflict across national, religious, and cultural differences. It begins by acknowledging the gravity of the problem: on our tightly interconnected planet, entire populations look for moral guidance to a variety of religious and cultural traditions, and these often stiffen, rather than soften, opposing moral perceptions. How, then, to set minimal standards for the treatment of persons while developing moral bases for coexistence and cooperation across different ethical traditions? The Globalization of Ethics argues for a tempered optimism in approaching these questions. Its distinguished contributors report on some of the most globally influential traditions of ethical thought in order to identify the resources within each tradition for working toward consensus and accommodation among the ethical traditions that shape the contemporary world. (Description from Call number: BJ21 .G56 2007

Masterpieces of World Philosophy

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

phil.jpgBy Frank N. Magill

For many, philosophy is a difficult, almost unapproachable field–just understanding it seems to require more knowledge than most students and general readers could possible have. That’s how Masterpieces of World Philosophy can help you to truly grasp the ideas of Aristotle and Aquinas, Confucius and Camus: it examines and summarizes nearly one hundred influential works through critical essays that focus on their themes and major points.

Based on the award-winning, five-volume reference, World Philosophy, each essay explains the historical background of the work, the life of its author, and its influence on modern thought. Alternative views of the philosopher’s ideas are provided through reviews of important critical works, and reading lists help you find sources for additional information. With Masterpieces of World Philosophy, the ideas that have shaped our world–from the ancients to the thinkers of our time–are at your fingertips. (Description from Call number: B75 .M37 1990

Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

11559574.gifby Kwame Anthony Appiah

General Collection BJ1031 .A635 2006

A moral manifesto that forces us to reconsider a world divided between the West and the Rest, Us and Them.

We have grown accustomed in this anxious, post-9/11 era to constructing a world fissured by warring creeds and cultures. Much of humanity now seems separated by chasms of incomprehension. Kwame Anthony Appiah’s landmark new work challenges the separatist doctrines espoused in books such as Samuel P. Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations. Reviving the ancient philosophy of “Cosmopolitanism,” a school of thought that dates to the Cynics of the fourth century bce, Appiah traces its influence on the ethical legacies of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Kant’s dream of a “league of nations,” and the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In doing so, Appiah shows how Western intellectuals and leaders, on both the left and the right, have wildly exaggerated the power of difference—and neglected the power of one. One world. One species. Challenging years of received wisdom, Cosmopolitanism is a resounding work of philosophy and global culture. (, from the publisher)