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Ockham Explained: From Razor to Rebellion (Ideas Explained)

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Karl Marx keenly observed that capitalism is based on the exploitation of the worker, but shied away from making explicitly moral judgments about it, while "Ethical Marxism," as Martin (philosophy, DePaul U.) would formulate it would say that "capitalism is based upon exploitation, and exploitation is wrong." He argues that by explicitly incorporating a moral dimension into Marxism, even aspects of transcendence and theology that would likely alarm Marx, it can be reorientated and strengthened as a means of liberating humanity from capitalism. The moral/ethical dimension is needed, he further contends, as the means for the working class to overcome bourgeois (or false) consciousness. He develops his ideas on "Ethical Marxism" in dialogue with Kantian philosophy and other philosophies, addressing such issues as the relationship between Marxism and the traditional Western philosophical canon on questions of good and evil and right and wrong, discourses of good and evil and right and wrong as they are applied to the global structure of capitalism (i.e. imperialism), cruelty towards animals, and issues of place. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Ockham Explained is an important and much-needed resource on William of Ockham, one of the most important philosophers of the Middle Ages. His eventful and controversial life was marked by sharp career moves and academic and ecclesiastical battles. At 28, Ockham was a conservative English theologian focused obsessively on the nature of language, but by 40, he had transformed into a fugitive friar, accused of heresy, and finally protected by the German emperor as he composed incendiary treatises calling for strong limits on papal authority. This book provides a thorough grounding in Ockhams life and his many contributions to philosophy. It begins with an overview of the philosopher's youth and the Aristotelian philosophy he studied as a boy. Subsequent chapters cover his ideas on language and logic; his metaphysics and vaunted "razor," as well as his opponents "anti-razor" theories; his invention of the church-state separation; and much more. The concluding chapter sums up Ockham's compelling philosophical personality and explains his modern appeal.

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Rondo Keele is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Louisiana Scholars' College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812696509
Author:
Keele, Rondo
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Communism
Subject:
Socialism
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
History & Surveys - Medieval
Subject:
Philosophy, medieval
Subject:
William
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Ideas Explained
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 10 oz

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Ockham Explained is an important and much-needed resource on William of Ockham, one of the most important philosophers of the Middle Ages. His eventful and controversial life was marked by sharp career moves and academic and ecclesiastical battles. At 28, Ockham was a conservative English theologian focused obsessively on the nature of language, but by 40, he had transformed into a fugitive friar, accused of heresy, and finally protected by the German emperor as he composed incendiary treatises calling for strong limits on papal authority. This book provides a thorough grounding in Ockhams life and his many contributions to philosophy. It begins with an overview of the philosopher's youth and the Aristotelian philosophy he studied as a boy. Subsequent chapters cover his ideas on language and logic; his metaphysics and vaunted "razor," as well as his opponents "anti-razor" theories; his invention of the church-state separation; and much more. The concluding chapter sums up Ockham's compelling philosophical personality and explains his modern appeal.
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