Exploring the World of Human Practice: Readings in and About the Philosophy of Aurel Kolnai

Exploring the World of Human Practice: Readings in and About the Philosophy of Aurel Kolnai

By: Zoltan Balazs (editor), Francis Dunlop (editor)Hardback

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Aurel Kolnai was born in Budapest in 1900 and died in London in 1973. He was, according to Karl Popper and the late Bernard Williams, one of the most original, provocative, and sensitive philosophers of the twentieth century. Kolnai's moral philosophy is best described in his own words as "intrinsicalist, non-naturalist, non-reductionist," which took its original impetus from Scheler's value ethics, and was developed by using a natural phenomenologist method. The unique combination of linguistic analysis and phenomenology yields highly original ideas on classical fields of moral theory, such as responsibility and free will, the meaning of right and wrong, the universalisabilty of ethical norms, the role of moral emotions and internalism vs. externalism, to mention a few

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Zoltan Balazs PhD, Associate Professor at the P.Pazmany Catholic University, Institute of Sociology. Most recent publications: The Political Community (Budapest: Osiris, 2003); Aurel Kolnai (Budapest: Uj Mandatum, 2003), The Ontology of Moral Relations (Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 3.2004); Francis Dunlop PhD, Honorary Lecturer of the University of East Anglia, Philosophy Department. Most recent publications: The Life and Thought of Aurel Kolnai, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002; Early Ethical Writings of Aurel Kolnai, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.


Preface; About the contents of this volume; Introduction; 1. Papers by Kolnai; What is Politics About?; A Note on the Meaning of Right and Wrong; Erroneous Conscience; Addendum to "Erroneous Conscience"; Are There Degrees of Ethical Universality?; The Concept of Practical Error; Actions and Inactions; Agency and Freedom; The Indispensability of Philosophy; 2. Papers about Kolnai's work; (i) Introductory; The Ethical Theories of Aurel Kolnai, John Beach; Kolnai's Mature Political Philosophy, Lee Congdon; (ii) Politics and Utopia; The Democratic subversion of political Liberty and Participation, John P. Hittinger; Liberty, Equality, Nobility: Aurel Kolnai and the Moral Foundations of Democracy, Daniel J. Mahoney; Aurel Kolnai: A Political Philosopher Confronts the Scourge of our Epoch, Pierre Manent; Aurel Kolnai and Utopia, David Wiggins; (iii) Ethics; Aims in Games and Moral Purposes, Lorand Ambrus-Lakatos; Kolnai and Kant on (Human) Dignity, Zoltan Balazs; Kolnai's Dissertation "Der ethische Wert und die Wirklichkeit": a "Completion" of Scheler's Value-Ethics, Francis Dunlop; The Nature and Scope of Ordinary Morality: Some Reflections in the Spirit of Aurel Kolnai, M.W.F. Stone; (iv) Feeling and Emotion; Is Love Intertwined with Hatred?, Andreas Dorschel; Kolnai's Idea of Emotional Presentation, Thomas Norgaard; Aurel Kolnai's "Disgust": A Source in the Art and Writing of Salvador Dali, Robert Radford; About the contributors to this volume; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9789639241978
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 356
  • ID: 9789639241978
  • ISBN10: 9639241970

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