Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right A Critical Guide

Philosophy

David James, “Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right: A Critical Guide”
A New Stoicism by Lawrence C. Becker
On the Logic of the Social Sciences by Jürgen Habermas
Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action by Jürgen Habermas
Theodore Scaltsas, Andrew S. Mason, “The Philosophy of Epictetus”

David James, “Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right: A Critical Guide”

2017 | ISBN-10: 1107077923 | 252 pages | PDF | 1 MB

Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right, one of the classic texts of German Idealism, is a seminal work of legal, social and political philosophy that has generated very different interpretations since its publication in 1821. Written with the advantage of historical distance, the essays in this volume adopt a fresh perspective that makes readers aware of the breadth and depth of this classic work. The themes of the essays reflect the continuing relevance of the text, and include Hegel’s method, the concept of property, Hegel’s view of morality, the concept of Sittlichkeit, the modern family, the nature and tensions of civil society, and the question of the modernity of the Hegelian state. The volume will be of interest to all scholars and students of German Idealism and the history of political thought.

A New Stoicism by Lawrence C. Becker

English | August 29th, 2017 | ISBN: 069117721X, 0691016607 | 283 pages | True PDF | 1.73 MB

What would stoic ethics be like today if stoicism had survived as a systematic approach to ethical theory, and if it had coped successfully with the challenges of modern philosophy and experimental science?
What would stoic ethics be like today if stoicism had survived as a systematic approach to ethical theory, if it had coped successfully with the challenges of modern philosophy and experimental science? A New Stoicism proposes an answer to that question, offered from within the stoic tradition but without the metaphysical and psychological assumptions that modern philosophy and science have abandoned. Lawrence Becker argues that a secular version of the stoic ethical project, based on contemporary cosmology and developmental psychology, provides the basis for a sophisticated form of ethical naturalism, in which virtually all the hard doctrines of the ancient Stoics can be clearly restated and defended.
Becker argues, in keeping with the ancients, that virtue is one thing, not many; that it, and not happiness, is the proper end of all activity; that it alone is good, all other things being merely rank-ordered relative to each other for the sake of the good; and that virtue is sufficient for happiness. Moreover, he rejects the popular caricature of the stoic as a grave figure, emotionally detached and capable mainly of endurance, resignation, and coping with pain. To the contrary, he holds that while stoic sages are able to endure the extremes of human suffering, they do not have to sacrifice joy to have that ability, and he seeks to turn our attention from the familiar, therapeutic part of stoic moral training to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.

On the Logic of the Social Sciences by Jürgen Habermas

English | October 8th, 2015 | ASIN: B016F6CLNG, ISBN: 0262581043, 0262081776 | 250 pages | AZW3 | 0.38 MB

n this wide-ranging work, now available in paperback, Habermas presents his views on the nature of the social sciences and their distinctive methodology and concerns.
He examines, among other things, the traditional division between the natural sciences and the social sciences; the characteristics of social action and the implications of theories of language for social enquiry; and the nature, tasks and limitations of hermeneutics. Habermas’ analysis of these and other themes is, as always, rigorous, perceptive and constructive.
This brilliant study succeeds in highlighting the distinctive characteristics of the social sciences and in outlining the nature of, and prospects for, critical theory today.

Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action by Jürgen Habermas

English | October 7th, 2015 | ASIN: B016DHJX9C, ISBN: 0262581183, 026208192X | 244 pages | AZW3 | 0.71 MB

In this important book Habermas develops his views on a range of moral and ethical issues. Drawing on his theory of communicative action, Habermas elaborates an original conception of ‘discourse ethics’, seeking to reconstruct a moral point of view from which normative claims can be impartially judged.
Habermas connects communicative ethics to the theory of social action via an examination of research in the social psychology of moral and interpersonal development. He aims to show that our basic moral intuitions spring from something deeper and more universal than contingent features of our tradition, namely from normative presuppositions of social interaction that belong to the repertoire of competent agents in any society.
Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action confronts directly a variety of difficult and controversial problems which are at the centre of current debates in philosophy and social and political theory.

Theodore Scaltsas, Andrew S. Mason, “The Philosophy of Epictetus”

2008 | pages: 191 | ISBN: 0199233071 | PDF | 4,0 mb

The Stoic philosopher Epictetus has been one of the most influential of ancient thinkers, both in antiquity itself and in modern times. Theodore Scaltsas and Andrew S. Mason present ten specially written papers which discuss Epictetus’ thought on a wide range of subjects, including ethics, logic, theology, and psychology; explore his relations to his predecessors (including his two philosophical heroes, Socrates and Diogenes the Cynic, as well as the earlier Stoic tradition); and examine his influence on later thinkers. Written by some of the leading experts in the field, the essays in this volume will be a fascinating resource for students and scholars of ancient philosophy, and anyone with in an interest in the Stoic attitude to life.