The Morality of Everyday Life: Rediscovering an Ancient Alternative to the Liberal Tradition

The Morality of Everyday Life: Rediscovering an Ancient Alternative to the Liberal Tradition

Thomas Fleming / May 31, 2020

The Morality of Everyday Life Rediscovering an Ancient Alternative to the Liberal Tradition In The Morality of Everyday Life Thomas Fleming offers an alternative to the enlightened liberalism espoused by thinkers as different as Kant Mill Rand and Rawls Philosophers in the liberal tradit

  • Title: The Morality of Everyday Life: Rediscovering an Ancient Alternative to the Liberal Tradition
  • Author: Thomas Fleming
  • ISBN: 9780826217677
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Morality of Everyday Life, Thomas Fleming offers an alternative to the enlightened liberalism espoused by thinkers as different as Kant, Mill, Rand, and Rawls Philosophers in the liberal tradition, although they disagree on many important questions, agree that moral and political problems should be looked at from an objective point of view and a decision made fromIn The Morality of Everyday Life, Thomas Fleming offers an alternative to the enlightened liberalism espoused by thinkers as different as Kant, Mill, Rand, and Rawls Philosophers in the liberal tradition, although they disagree on many important questions, agree that moral and political problems should be looked at from an objective point of view and a decision made from a rational perspective that is universally applied to all comparable cases.Fleming instead places importance on the particular, the local, and moral complexity He advocates a return to premodern traditions, such as those exemplified in the texts of Aristotle, the Talmud, and the folk wisdom in ancient Greek literature, for a solution to ethical predicaments In his view, liberalism and postmodernism ignore the fact that human beings by their very nature refuse to live in a world of universal abstractions.While such modern philosophers as Kant and Kohlberg have regarded a mother s self sacrificing love for her children as beneath their level of morality, folk wisdom tells us it is nearly the highest morality, taking precedence over the duties of citizenship or the claims of humanity Fleming believes that a modern type of casuistry should be applied to these moral conflicts in which the line between right and wrong is rarely clear.This volume will appeal to students of ethics and classics, as well as the general educated reader, who will appreciate Fleming s jargon free prose Teachers will find this text useful because each chapter is a self contained essay that could be used as the basis for classroom discussion.

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        Thomas Fleming is the editor of Chronicles A Magazine of American Culture and the president of The Rockford Institute in Rockford, Illinois.


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    1. This should be a must read. Do-gooders and busybodies should mind their own business. This book deconstructs the notion of "rights" that our entire political order is based on. A few quotes:Liberalism has been correctly described as “the political theory of modernity.” ((John Gray, Liberalism, 90.)) Some postmodern intellectuals have criticized the liberal consensus from Descartes to John Rawls as nothing more than an artifact of the modern West. Alasdair MacIntyre, H.G. Gadamer, radical fem [...]


    2. This philosophical book examines causitry, a philosophical idea that precedes modern philosophical liberalism. Although the author never defines causitry, it appears to be the idea that every situation must be handled differently, based on its merits and the people involved. As a philosophical idea, the book is intriguing. The author does a good job contrasting actual charity with theoretical ideals, although I suspect that he exaggerates the number of people who claim to believe in universal ch [...]




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