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In Search of Goodness (Hardback)
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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 25/03/2011
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The recent spate of books and articles reflecting on the question of evil might make one forget that the question of just what constitutes goodness is no less urgent or perplexing. Everyone wants to think of himself or herself as good. But how do people become good? And what does a good life look like? The fruit of a year-long, extended conversation, "In Search of Goodness" pushes its readers to think outside the usual assumptions and pieties. The eight essays in this volume challenge the dichotomies that usually govern how goodness has been discussed in the past: altruism vs. egoism; reason vs. emotion; or moral choice vs. moral character. Instead, the contributors seek to expand the terms of the discussion by coming at goodness from a variety of perspectives: psychological, philosophic, literary, religious, and political. In each case, they emphasize the lived realities and particulars of moral phenomena, taking up examples and illustrations from life, literature, and film. From Achilles and Billy Budd to Oskar Schindler and "The Giving Tree", the reader will find a wealth of thought-provoking insights to help better understand this most basic, but complex, element of human life and happiness.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226306834
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The subject of goodness has been remarkably resistant to innovation or fresh thinking. But this rich collection, in which each essay both takes up a different subject and adopts a distinctive approach, may succeed in putting goodness back on the agenda as a fertile field for scholarly inquiry and discussion. A renewed investigation of goodness as a fundamental component of human life would reinvigorate many fields in the humanities, and "In Search of Goodness" is beautifully constructed to serve precisely this purpose."-Geoffrey Galt Harpham, Director, National Humanities Center

--Geoffrey Galt Harpham


"While one could hardly say that philosophers have given much attention to the place that the concept of evil has among our moral concepts, they have done so more in the last ten or so years than they had before. I have, therefore, often wondered why there has been so little discussion of goodness. "In Search of Goodness" is not only an exception: it is an admirable one. It is original and provocative, impressive both in its breadth and depth."-Raimond Gaita, author of "Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception
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--Raimond Gaita
""In Search of Goodness" contains eight thought-provoking essays by scholars who discuss maturing in goodness, what goodness is good for, and goodness as a feature of a human life. With the skillful guidance of Ruth W. Grant, who organized and introduces the project, the authors avoid stereotypical ways of addressing these deceptively simple questions and draw on many different sources to shed light on them. The essays will help readers understand goodness much more fully; and they confirm the value of a 'good conversation,' among many other points."-Nannerl O. Keohane, Princeton University

--Nannerl O. Keohane


"The subject of goodness has been remarkably resistant to innovation or fresh thinking. But this rich collection, in which each essay both takes up a different subject and adopts a distinctive approach, may succeed in putting goodness back on the agenda as a fertile field for scholarly inquiry and discussion. A renewed investigation of goodness as a fundamental component of human life would reinvigorate many fields in the humanities, and "In Search of Goodness" is beautifully constructed to serve precisely this purpose."

--Geoffrey Galt Harpham, Director, National Humanities Center
""In Search of Goodness" contains eight thought-provoking essays by scholars who discuss maturing in goodness, what goodness is good for, and goodness as a feature of a human life. With the skillful guidance of Ruth W. Grant, who organized and introduces the project, the authors avoid stereotypical ways of addressing these deceptively simple questions and draw on many different sources to shed light on them. The essays will help readers understand goodness much more fully; and they confirm the value of a 'good conversation, ' among many other points."

--Nannerl O. Keohane, Princeton University
"While one could hardly say that philosophers have given much attention to the place that the concept of evil has among our moral concepts, they have done so more in the last ten or so years than they had before. I have, therefore, often wondered why there has been so little discussion of goodness. "In Search of Goodness" is not only an exception: it is an admirable one. It is original and provocative, impressive both in its breadth and depth."

--Raimond Gaita, author of Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception
The subject of goodness has been remarkably resistant to innovation or fresh thinking. But this rich collection, in which each essay both takes up a different subject and adopts a distinctive approach, may succeed in putting goodness back on the agenda as a fertile field for scholarly inquiry and discussion. A renewed investigation of goodness as a fundamental component of human life would reinvigorate many fields in the humanities, and "In Search of Goodness" is beautifully constructed to serve precisely this purpose.
--Geoffrey Galt Harpham, Director, National Humanities Center"
"In Search of Goodness" contains eight thought-provoking essays by scholars who discuss maturing in goodness, what goodness is good for, and goodness as a feature of a human life. With the skillful guidance of Ruth W. Grant, who organized and introduces the project, the authors avoid stereotypical ways of addressing these deceptively simple questions and draw on many different sources to shed light on them. The essays will help readers understand goodness much more fully; and they confirm the value of a good conversation, among many other points.
--Nannerl O. Keohane, Princeton University"
While one could hardly say that philosophers have given much attention to the place that the concept of evil has among our moral concepts, they have done so more in the last ten or so years than they had before. I have, therefore, often wondered why there has been so little discussion of goodness. "In Search of Goodness" is not only an exception: it is an admirable one. It is original and provocative, impressive both in its breadth and depth.
--Raimond Gaita, author of Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception"
"[An] impressive collection. . . . The book demonstrates that the good life is not a unitary ideal but a matter of how people perceive and make intelligible the significance of their experiences and human qualities. . . . [In Search of Goodness] is notable as an exemplar of interdisciplinary study, making it an excellent resource for accessing a topic whose nuances can quickly assume a vast and unwieldy quality. Recommended."--N. D. Zavediuk "Choice "

"The subject of goodness has been remarkably resistant to innovation or fresh thinking. But this rich collection, in which each essay both takes up a different subject and adopts a distinctive approach, may succeed in putting goodness back on the agenda as a fertile field for scholarly inquiry and discussion. A renewed investigation of goodness as a fundamental component of human life would reinvigorate many fields in the humanities, and In Search of Goodness is beautifully constructed to serve precisely this purpose."

--Geoffrey Galt Harpham, Director, National Humanities Center

"In Search of Goodness contains eight thought-provoking essays by scholars who discuss maturing in goodness, what goodness is good for, and goodness as a feature of a human life. With the skillful guidance of Ruth W. Grant, who organized and introduces the project, the authors avoid stereotypical ways of addressing these deceptively simple questions and draw on many different sources to shed light on them. The essays will help readers understand goodness much more fully; and they confirm the value of a 'good conversation, ' among many other points."

--Nannerl O. Keohane, Princeton University

"While one could hardly say that philosophers have given much attention to the place that the concept of evil has among our moral concepts, they have done so more in the last ten or so years than they had before. I have, therefore, often wondered why there has been so little discussion of goodness. In Search of Goodness is not only an exception: it is an admirable one. It is original and provocative, impressive both in its breadth and depth."

--Raimond Gaita, author of Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception

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