The Moral Life: Essays in Honour of John Cottingham

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Few contemporary philosophers have made as wide-ranging and insightful a contribution to philosophical debate as John Cottingham. This collection brings together friends, colleagues and former students of Cottingham, to discuss major themes of his work on moral philosophy. Presented in three parts the collection focuses on the debate on partiality, impartiality and character; the role of emotions and reason in the good life; the meaning of a worthwhile life and the place of theistic considerations in it. The original contributions to this volume celebrate Cottingham's work by embracing and furthering his arguments and, at times, in the best spirit of philosophical engagement, challenging and confronting them. The volume concludes with Cottingham's specially commissioned responses to the contributions.

Author Biography

NAFSIKA ATHANASSOULIS is Lecturer in Ethics at Keele University, UK. She is the author of Morality: Moral Luck and Responsibility: Fortune’s Web and editor of Philosophical Reflections on Medial Ethics.
SAMANTHA VICE is Lecturer in Philosophy at Rhodes University, South Africa. She is co-author, with Ward E. Jones, of Ethics in Film, and has published papers on the self, goodness, self-judgement and the work of Iris Murdoch.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Partiality, Spirituality and Character
The Insignificance of the Self: Partiality and Spiritualityp. 9
Contempt and Integrityp. 31
Self-Love, Love of Neighbour, and Impartialityp. 58
The Emotions and the Good Life
Akrasia and the Emotionsp. 87
The Inner Life of the 'Dear Self'p. 111
What Reason Can't Dop. 139
The Meaning of Life
Meaning, Morality, and Religionp. 167
The Meaning of Life: Subjectivism, Objectivism, and Divine Supportp. 184
God, Morality and the Meaning of Lifep. 201
Replies and Reflections
The Self, the Good Life and the Transcendentp. 231
Indexp. 275
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