Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy

Rationality, Virtue, and Liberation

A Post-Dialectical Theory of Value

Authors: Petro, Stephen

  • Analyzes the woefully overlooked philosophical interchange between Gewirth and Habermas on the vital issue of the dialectical method in ethics and value theory
  • Provides a strong and controversial critique of anti-foundationalism so prevalent in contemporary value theory and philosophy
  • Radically revises the concept of rationality and challenges conventional analytic and continental views alike
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This book explores the overlooked but vital theoretical relationships between R. M. Hare, Alan Gewirth, and Jürgen Habermas. The author claims their accounts of value, while failing to address classic virtue-theoretical critiques, bear the seeds of a resolution to the ultimate question “What is most valuable?” These dialectical approaches, as claimed, justify a reinterpretation of value and value judgment according to the Carnapian conception of an empirical-linguistic framework or grammar. Through a further synthesis with the work of Philippa Foot and Thomas Magnell, the author shows that “value” would be literally meaningless without four fundamental phenomena which constitute such a framework: Logical Judgment, Conceptual Synthesis, Conceptual Abstraction, and Freedom. As part of the 'grammar of goodness,' the excellence of these phenomena, in a highly concrete way, constitute the essence of the greatest good, as this book explains.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rationality, Virtue, and Liberation
Book Subtitle
A Post-Dialectical Theory of Value
Authors
Series Title
Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02285-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02285-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02284-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34654-0
Series ISSN
1387-6678
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 327
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
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