The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Hans-Georg Moeller

The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality

Columbia University Press
Publication date: May 2009
ISBN: 9780231519243
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

Buy ePub

List price:
$26.99
Our price:
$23.99

You save: $3.00 (11%)
Justice, equality, and righteousness& mdash;these are some of our greatest moral convictions. Yet in times of social conflict, morals can become rigid, making religious war, ethnic cleansing, and political purges possible. Morality, therefore, can be viewed as pathology-a rhetorical, psychological, and social tool that is used and abused as a weapon. An expert on Eastern philosophies and social systems theory, Hans-Georg Moeller questions the perceived goodness of morality and those who claim morality is inherently positive. Critiquing the ethical "fanaticism" of Western moralists, such as Immanuel Kant, Lawrence Kohlberg, John Rawls, and the utilitarians, Moeller points to the absurd fundamentalisms and impracticable prescriptions arising from definitions of good. Instead he advances a theory of "moral foolishness," or moral asceticism, extracted from the "amoral" philosophers of East Asia and such thinkers as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Niklas Luhmann. The moral fool doesn't understand why ethics are necessarily good, and he isn't convinced that the moral perspective is always positive. In this way he is like most people, and Moeller defends this foolishness against ethical pathologies that support the death penalty, just wars, and even Jerry Springer's crude moral theater. Comparing and contrasting the religious philosophies of Christianity, Daoism, and Zen Buddhism, Moeller presents a persuasive argument in favor of amorality.
Please sign in to review this product.
Devices:
The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files.

File Size:
16780 Kb
Language:
ENG
Copy From Text:
Disabled.
Printing:
Disabled.
Other books by Hans-Georg Moeller
Wisdom and Philosophy: Contemporary and Comparative Approaches ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Hans-Georg Moeller
Wisdom and Philosophy: Contemporary and Comparative Approaches
Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew Whitehead
Bloomsbury Academic, February 2016
ISBN: 9781474248693
Format: ePub, PDF
List Price: $83.99 Our price: $78.99
Daodejing: The New, Highly Readable Translation of the Life-Changing Ancient Scripture Formerly Known as the Tao Te Ching ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Laozi
Daodejing: The New, Highly Readable Translation of the Life-Changing Ancient Scripture Formerly Known as the Tao Te Ching
Laozi & Hans-Georg Moeller
Open Court, November 2015
ISBN: 9780812696257
Format: ePub
List Price: $22.00 Our price: $19.99
Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Hans-Georg Moeller
Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey
Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew Whitehead
Bloomsbury Academic, January 2014
ISBN: 9781472513069
Format: ePub
List Price: $28.99 Our price: $27.99
The Philosophy of the Daodejing ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Hans-Georg Moeller
The Philosophy of the Daodejing
Hans-Georg Moeller
Columbia University Press, July 2012
ISBN: 9780231136792
Format: ePub
List Price: $27.99 Our price: $24.99