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The Resource Perfectionism

Perfectionism

Label
Perfectionism
Title
Perfectionism
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Perfectionism is one of the great moralities of the Western tradition. It holds that certain states of humans, such as knowledge, achievement, and friendship, are good apart from any pleasure they may bring, and that the morally right act is always the one that most promotes these states. Defined more narrowly, perfectionism identifies the human good by reference to human nature: if knowledge and achievement are good, it is because they realize aspects of human nature. This book gives an account of perfectionism, first in the narrower sense, analyzing its central concepts and defending a theory of human nature in which rationality plays a central role. It then uses this theory to construct an elaborate account of the intrinsic value of beliefs and actions that embody rationality, and applies this account to political questions about liberty and equality. The book attempts to formulate the most defensible version of perfectionism, using contemporary analytic techniques. It aims both to regain for perfectionism a central place in contemporary moral debate and to shed light on the writings of classical perfectionists such as Aristotle, Aquinas, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and T.H. Green. Proposing original theses about long neglected issues in ethics, Perfectionism is of interest to moral and political philosophers and those interested in contemporary moral theory or the history of ethics
Cataloging source
UkLiU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hurka, Thomas
Index
no index present
LC call number
BJ1533.P36
LC item number
H87 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Oxford ethics series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Perfection
Label
Perfectionism
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Defending Perfectionism
  • How Are Essences Known?
  • The Human Essence
  • The Aristotelian Theory: Physical Essence
  • The Aristotelian Theory: Rationality
  • The Aristotelian Theory: Objections
  • The Wrong Explanations?
  • Aristotelian Perfectionism
  • The Basic Structure
  • Maximizing Consequentialism
  • The Perfectionist Idea
  • Time- and Agent-Neutrality
  • The Asymmetry
  • Competition and Co-operation
  • Aggregation
  • Summing and Averaging
  • Maximax
  • Single-Peak Perfection
  • The Well-Rounded Life
  • Lexical and Constant Comparisons
  • Balancing
  • The Concept of Human Nature
  • Dilettantism and Concentration
  • Many-Person Balancing?
  • Trying, Deserving, Succeeding
  • Number and Quality
  • Attempt
  • Deserving Attempt
  • Success and Deserved Success
  • The Best Units?
  • Unity and Complexity
  • Generality: Extent and Dominance
  • Distinctiveness and Essence
  • Generality: Elaborations
  • Top-to-Bottom Knowledge
  • The Unified Life
  • Complex, Difficult Activities
  • Politics, Co-operation, and Love
  • Political Action
  • Co-operation
  • Love and Friendship
  • Generality: Objections
  • Generality: The Tradition
  • Essence and Life
  • Perfectionism and Politics
  • Liberty
  • Autonomy as a Perfection
  • The Asymmetry Argument
  • Sexual Enforcement and Paternalism
  • Liberty versus Neutrality
  • Equality: Abilities and Marginal Utility
  • Deep Equality
  • Desert and Aggregation
  • Natural Abilities
  • Nature: Objections
  • Accretions and Methods
  • Accretions
  • Perfectionist Naturalism
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 222 pages
Isbn
9780195080148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Perfectionism
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Defending Perfectionism
  • How Are Essences Known?
  • The Human Essence
  • The Aristotelian Theory: Physical Essence
  • The Aristotelian Theory: Rationality
  • The Aristotelian Theory: Objections
  • The Wrong Explanations?
  • Aristotelian Perfectionism
  • The Basic Structure
  • Maximizing Consequentialism
  • The Perfectionist Idea
  • Time- and Agent-Neutrality
  • The Asymmetry
  • Competition and Co-operation
  • Aggregation
  • Summing and Averaging
  • Maximax
  • Single-Peak Perfection
  • The Well-Rounded Life
  • Lexical and Constant Comparisons
  • Balancing
  • The Concept of Human Nature
  • Dilettantism and Concentration
  • Many-Person Balancing?
  • Trying, Deserving, Succeeding
  • Number and Quality
  • Attempt
  • Deserving Attempt
  • Success and Deserved Success
  • The Best Units?
  • Unity and Complexity
  • Generality: Extent and Dominance
  • Distinctiveness and Essence
  • Generality: Elaborations
  • Top-to-Bottom Knowledge
  • The Unified Life
  • Complex, Difficult Activities
  • Politics, Co-operation, and Love
  • Political Action
  • Co-operation
  • Love and Friendship
  • Generality: Objections
  • Generality: The Tradition
  • Essence and Life
  • Perfectionism and Politics
  • Liberty
  • Autonomy as a Perfection
  • The Asymmetry Argument
  • Sexual Enforcement and Paternalism
  • Liberty versus Neutrality
  • Equality: Abilities and Marginal Utility
  • Deep Equality
  • Desert and Aggregation
  • Natural Abilities
  • Nature: Objections
  • Accretions and Methods
  • Accretions
  • Perfectionist Naturalism
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 222 pages
Isbn
9780195080148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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