Dependent Rational Animals
Why Human Beings Need the Virtues New edition
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Dependent Rational Animals by Alasdair MacIntyre
Book DescriptionThis compares humans to other intelligent animals, drawing conclusions about human social life and our treatment of those whom he argues we should no longer call "disabled." The author argues that human beings are independent, practical reasoners, but they are also dependent animals who must learn from each other in order to remain largely independent. To flourish, humans must acknowledge the importance of dependence and independence, both of which are developed in and through social relationships. This requires the development of a local community in which individuals discover their own "goods" through the discovery of a common Good.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780812694529
(216mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Open Court Publishing Co ,U.S.
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Co ,U.S.
Publish Date: 18-May-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alasdair MacIntyre
Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity, Hardback (November 2016)
Alasdair MacIntyre explores the philosophical, political, and moral issues encountered in understanding what the virtues require in contemporary social contexts.
Dependent Rational Animals, Paperback (April 2009)View all books by Alasdair MacIntyre
Where should an account of the virtues begin? This book argues that we should begin with the facts of vulnerability and disability, and of dependence on others, to which moral philosophers have given insufficient attention, and with the animal nature of human beings - that which exhibits their kinship to members of other intelligent species.
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