This extensive collection develops the philosophical content of sections from the previously published The Structure of the Mind (University Press of America, 2004). Dr. Belfiore begins from the basic ontological conception that considers the human 'mind' or 'spirit' as an evolving, conscious triad composed of intellect, sensitivity, and power, each exerting a selfish or moral activity. Through this approach the author develops new concepts about ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. Dr. Belfiore poses these and other concepts under the opinion that issues concerning human beings can only be discussed by referring to what humans are as ontological entities. Thus, the notions of good and norms of morality, law, and society are derived from the structure and function of the mind. It follows that the solutions Dr. Belfiore presents are the results of a discovery and not the consequence of a conscious choice. Otherwise stated, ethics, politics, and law are given an ontological foundation. For each topic considered, Dr. Belfiore shows how his thought can reinterpret the views of other philosophers. The result of this is an innovative and highly stimulating text, which is of interest to graduate students and scholars in the philosophical branches of ethics, politics, and law.
Dr. Francesco Belfiore (retired) was Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Catania, Italy. He worked in medical research, and has published many articles and several monographs, including the acclaimed Enzyme Regulation and Metabolic Diseases (Basel/New York: Karger, 1980). In recent years he has reawakened his long-standing interest in philosophy and has outlined a complete and coherent philosophical system, expounded in his The Structure of the Mind (UPA, 2004).
Part 1 List of Figures Part 2 List of Tables Part 3 Preface Part 4 Premise: The Basic Ontological Conception Part 5 Private Ethics: Consciousness and Moral Thoughts, Feeling, and Acts Part 6 Public Ethics and Political Philosophy Part 7 Public Ethics and Philosophy of Law Part 8 Concluding Remarks Part 9 References Part 10 Index