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The Ethical Project

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Principles of right and wrong guide the lives of almost all human beings, but we often see them as external to ourselves, outside our own control. In a revolutionary approach to the problems of moral philosophy, Philip Kitcher makes a provocative proposal: Instead of conceiving ethical commands as divine revelations or as the discoveries of brilliant thinkers, we should see our ethical practices as evolving over tens of thousands of years, as members of our species have worked out how to live together and prosper. Elaborating this radical new vision, Kitcher shows how the limited altruistic tendencies of our ancestors enabled a fragile social life, how our forebears learned to regulate their interactions with one another, and how human societies eventually grew into forms of previously unimaginable complexity. The most successful of the many millennia-old experiments in how to live, he contends, survive in our values today.

Drawing on natural science, social science, and philosophy to develop an approach he calls "pragmatic naturalism," Kitcher reveals the power of an evolving ethics built around a few core principles-including justice and cooperation-but leaving room for a diversity of communities and modes of self-expression. Ethics emerges as a beautifully human phenomenon-permanently unfinished, collectively refined and distorted generation by generation. Our human values, Kitcher shows, can be understood not as a final system but as a project-the ethical project-in which our species has engaged for most of its history, and which has been central to who we are.

Author Philip Kitcher
Translator Edward Abdelmasseih ghopreal
Editor Dr. Ahmed Abd ElHaleim
ISBN 978-977-384-371-0
Language Arabic (transition)
Original Language English
Number Of Pages 650 pages
Format Paperback
Publisher Maktabt Dar Elkalema Publishing House
Publish Date 2014
Product Dimensions 21.4×13.4×2.3 cm.
Weight 650 gm.

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The Ethical Project

The Ethical Project

Kitcher elaborates a comprehensive vision of the evolution of human morality...For serious students of ethics, this is the indispensable book.--H. C. Byerly"Choice" (04/01/2012)

This magnificent book promises to be a heavyweight contribution to the field of moral philosophy. Kitcher is one of the most elegant writers in the business; his thinking is subtle and profound.--Richard Joyce, Victoria University Of Wellington

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