Anatomy of what We Value Most

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Rodopi, 1997 - Philosophy - 225 pages
The book analyzes, synthesizes, and evaluates the insights of the world's outstanding thinkers, prophets, and literary masters on the good, the morally right, and the lovely (part one); the question whether the world operates on the basis of such universal laws as the logos, the tao, and the principle of polarity (part two); what there is and isn't in the world, including such categories as existence, reality, being, and nonbeing (part three); and pre-eminently credible and enriching beliefs about truth, wisdom, and what it all means (part four). Emphasis is placed on the divergent views of such intellectual giants as Confucius and Laotse in ancient China; the classical Hindu philosophers from ancient times to Gandhi and Tagore; patriarchs and prophets quoted in Scripture; Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle; Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas in the Middle Ages; Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, and Kant; and nineteenth- and twentieth-century luminaries such as Bentham, Mill, Peirce, James, Dewey, Sartre, and Wittgenstein. The differences and resemblances of their cogitations are portrayed as a conversation of the ages on questions of persistent concern.
 

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Contents

Preface
11
TWO What Are the PreEminently Valid Rules or Criteria
11
THREE What Are the PreEminently Lovely Things
37
PART II
63
FIVE Does the World Operate on the Basis of a Specific
85
First Classification
99
Second Third
115
Fifth Classification
141
PART IV
163
TEN What Is the Nature of Knowledge Understanding
173
ELEVEN What Does It All Mean?
183
About the Author
219
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