Moral Issues and Social Problems


in The Ideal of a Rational Morality

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780198250210
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681264 | DOI:
Moral Issues and Social                         Problems

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At the beginning of one of his inimitable discourses William James once said: ‘I am only a philosopher, and there is only one thing that a philosopher can be relied on to do, and that is, to contradict other philosophers’. In his succeeding discourse James himself departed from this theme. This chapter takes a fresh look at one of the main traditions in American philosophy for insight and illumination on a way of dealing with some of the most serious issues of our time. It begins by exploring the cultural relevance of philosophy; for, these are considered related.

Keywords: William James; American philosophy; culture; moral philosopher; moral life

Chapter.  11792 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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