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Ethical Life : Its Natural and Social Histories / Webb Keane.

Author/Creator:
Keane, Webb, author.
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Format/Description:
Book
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Pilot project. eBook available to selected US libraries only
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Ethics.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
The human propensity to take an ethical stance toward oneself and others is found in every known society, yet we also know that values taken for granted in one society can contradict those in another. Does ethical life arise from human nature itself? Is it a universal human trait? Or is it a product of one's cultural and historical context? Webb Keane offers a new approach to the empirical study of ethical life that reconciles these questions, showing how ethics arise at the intersection of human biology and social dynamics.Drawing on the latest findings in psychology, conversational interaction, ethnography, and history, Ethical Life takes readers from inner city America to Samoa and the Inuit Arctic to reveal how we are creatures of our biology as well as our history-and how our ethical lives are contingent on both. Keane looks at Melanesian theories of mind and the training of Buddhist monks, and discusses important social causes such as the British abolitionist movement and American feminism. He explores how styles of child rearing, notions of the person, and moral codes in different communities elaborate on certain basic human tendencies while suppressing or ignoring others.Certain to provoke debate, Ethical Life presents an entirely new way of thinking about ethics, morals, and the factors that shape them.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
PART ONE. Natures
Introduction. Ethical Affordances, Awareness, and Actions
Chapter 1. Psychologies of Ethics
PART TWO. Interactions
Chapter 2. Selves and Others
Chapter 3. Problematizing Interaction
Chapter 4. Ethical Types
PART THREE. Histories
Chapter 5. Awareness and Change
Chapter 6. Making Morality in Religion
Chapter 7. Making Morality in Political Revolution
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Mai 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781400873593
OCLC:
919297156
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400873593 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.