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Publisher: Algora Publishing
ISBN10: 0875866522 ISBN13: 9780875866529 DDC: 177.3 Edition: Hardcover; 2008-10-22

Summary

Taking a quizzical, philosophical look at the conundrums life places before us, the author explores paradoxical situations in philosophical dialogues, each geared to stimulate thought and resonate with the reader's own experiences in a manner both pleasing and challenging.Implications regarding politics and politicians, leadership and democracy are investigated along the way.The first dialogue, 'Controvert, or On the Lie,' examines the nature of lies and telling the truth and tests our assumptions regarding whether or when it might be appropriate to lie. Is it right to lie just for fun? Is a lie justified when speaking to a tyrant?'Contempt' ponders many distinctions we assume exist but which we may not have considered very carefully, including those between what is good and what is contemptible, and shades of nuance between pity, love, and respect, and hate and fear. Can contempt be the key element of a fighting creed? Or is contempt itself contemptible?In 'Ambition,' the characters debate the nature of this very human characteristic, its value as a passionate love of life that enables us to reach for the stars and its darker side as a destructive, self-centered drive to win adulation and assert our own good over that of others. Is ambition more than the love of praise? Must ambition be harnessed (and to what end?) or is it more powerful when left unchecked and allowed to flower into great accomplishments?The world of human aspirations and the means by which we pursue them are explored further in the dialogues 'Architect,' 'Brilliance,' and 'Anarchy.' The style emulates that of the Platonic dialogue, approaching serious moral questions in a conversational manner to appeal to both the general and the specialized reader.

Classification

  • Dewey Decimal: 177.3

Book Details

  • Physical Description: 6.1"x9.1"x0.7"; 1.1 lb; 180 pages
  • Edition Info: Hardcover; 2008-10-22

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