Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Eco-Ethics and Contemporary Philosophical Reflection
The Technical Conjuncture and Modern Rationality
McCormick, Peter
2008, 192 S, Kt, (Winter)
Bestell-Nr. 146349 26,00 EUR

This is the first of two volumes dedicated to a sympathetic yet critical articulation of eco-ethics, the project of the distinguished contemporary Japanese philosopher, Tomonobu Imamichi. The basic idea of an eco-ethics is that the now global technological transformation of the human milieu requires radical ethical innovation. In the first of two books published simultaneously, Peter McCormick sets out the major lines of the eco-ethical project in comparison and contrast with outstanding work in contemporary philosophical reflection. He elucidates eco-ethics sympathetically but critically under four headings - moral and ethical realisms, correspondence and coherence accounts of truth, rationalities and aesthetics, interpretation theories and relativisms.

Eco-Ethics and an Ethics of Suffering
Ethical Innovation and the Situation of the Destitute
McCormick, Peter
2008, 192 S, Kt, (Winter)
Bestell-Nr. 146350 26,00 EUR

After situating the eco-ethical project in the contexts of four major themes in contemporary philosophical reflection in the companion volume published simultaneously, Eco-Ethics and Contemporary Philosophical Reflection, Peter McCormick now suggests a re-articulation and critical appraisal of ecoethics in terms of its two cardinal concepts, the technological conjuncture and ethical innovation. In the second part he then articulates one direction only that further work on the ecoethical project might follow, namely sustained philosophical inquiry into what he has discussed elsewhere in terms of a 'negative sublime” and the deep pathos of famine, the global necessity today for an ethics of suffering. When taken together, both books open perspectives on how contemporary Western philosophical reflection can benefit from broadening its present scope to more active engagements with contemporary East Asian reflection.

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