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The moral fool : a case for amorality, Hans-Georg Moeller

Label
The moral fool : a case for amorality
Title
The moral fool
Title remainder
a case for amorality
Statement of responsibility
Hans-Georg Moeller
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
An expert on Eastern philosophies and social systems theory, Hans-Georg Moeller questions the perceived goodness of morality and those who claim morality is inherently positive. Critiquing the ethical "fanaticism" of Western moralists, such as Immanuel Kant, Lawrence Kohlberg, John Rawls, and the utilitarians, Moeller points to the absurd fundamentalisms and impracticable prescriptions arising from definitions of good. Instead he advances a theory of "moral foolishness," or moral asceticism, extracted from the "amoral" philosophers of East Asia and such thinkers as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Niklas Luhman. The moral fool doesn't understand why ethics are necessarily good, and he isn't convinced that the moral perspective is always positive. In this way he is like most people, and Moeller defends this foolishness against ethical pathologies that support the death penalty, just wars, and even Jerry Springer's crude moral theater. Comparing and contrasting the religious philosophies of Christianity, Daoism, and Zen Buddhism, Moeller presents a persuasive argument in favor of amorality
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1964-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Moeller, Hans-Georg
Dewey number
171/.7
Index
index present
LC call number
HM665
LC item number
.M633 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Social ethics
  • Moral conditions
  • Social values
Label
The moral fool : a case for amorality, Hans-Georg Moeller
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-201) and index
Contents
Is it good to be good? -- On amorality. The moral fool ; Negative ethics A pathology of ethics. The redundancy of ethics ; The "morality of anger" ; Ethics and aesthetics ; The presumptions of philosophical ethics ; The myth of moral progress -- Ethics in contemporary society. For the separation of morality and law ; Morality and civil rights ; How to get a death verdict ; Masters of war ; Ethics and the mass media -- Applied amorality
Control code
ocn282950987
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
x, 212 p.
Isbn
9780231145091
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008050513
System control number
(OCoLC)282950987
Label
The moral fool : a case for amorality, Hans-Georg Moeller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-201) and index
Contents
Is it good to be good? -- On amorality. The moral fool ; Negative ethics A pathology of ethics. The redundancy of ethics ; The "morality of anger" ; Ethics and aesthetics ; The presumptions of philosophical ethics ; The myth of moral progress -- Ethics in contemporary society. For the separation of morality and law ; Morality and civil rights ; How to get a death verdict ; Masters of war ; Ethics and the mass media -- Applied amorality
Control code
ocn282950987
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
x, 212 p.
Isbn
9780231145091
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008050513
System control number
(OCoLC)282950987

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