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Dallas Willard; Steven L Porter; Aaron Preston

Dallas Willard; Steven L Porter; Aaron Preston The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge (Hardcover)

Dallas Willard; Steven L Porter; Aaron Preston The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge (Hardcover)

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This book makes the case that the 20th century saw a massive shift in Western beliefs and attitudes concerning the possibility of moral knowledge, such that knowledge of the moral life and of its conduct is no longer routinely available from the social institutions long thought to be responsible for it.

Based on an unfinished manuscript by the late philosopher Dallas Willard, this book makes the case that the 20th century saw a massive shift in Western beliefs and attitudes concerning the possibility of moral knowledge, such that knowledge of the moral life and of its conduct is no longer routinely available from the social institutions long thought to be responsible for it. In this sense, moral knowledge--as a publicly available resource for living--has disappeared. Via a detailed survey of main developments in ethical theory from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries, Willard explains philosophy's role in this shift. In pointing out the shortcomings of these developments, he shows that the shift was not the result of rational argument or discovery, but largely of arational social forces--in other words, there was no good reason for moral knowledge to have disappeared.

The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge is a unique contribution to the literature on the history of ethics and social morality. Its review of historical work on moral knowledge covers a wide range of thinkers including T.H Green, G.E Moore, Charles L. Stevenson, John Rawls, and Alasdair MacIntyre. But, most importantly, it concludes with a novel proposal for how we might reclaim moral knowledge that is inspired by the phenomenological approach of Knud Logstrup and Emmanuel Levinas. Edited and eventually completed by three of Willard's former graduate students, this book marks the culmination of Willard's project to find a secure basis in knowledge for the moral life.

The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge (Hardcover)

Specifications

Language

English

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Book Format

Hardcover

Original Languages

English

Number of Pages

420

Author

Dallas Willard, Steven L Porter, Aaron Preston, Gregg A Ten Elshof

Title

The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge

ISBN-13

9781138589254

Publication Date

June, 2018

Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)

9.00 x 6.00 x 0.94 Inches

ISBN-10

113858925X

SKU: WA948574481

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