Living Without Philosophy: On Narrative, Rhetoric, and Morality by Peter Levine - PDF and EPUB eBook

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Living Without Philosophy argues that we do not need ethical theories, rules, and principles to decide what is right. Instead,...

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Exact title of the book
Living Without Philosophy: On Narrative, Rhetoric, and Morality
Book author
Peter Levine
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
352 pages
Language
English
Published
July 16th 1998 by State University of New York Press
File size (in PDF)
1408 kB
Living Without Philosophy: On Narrative, Rhetoric, and Morality

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Living Without Philosophy argues that we do not need ethical theories, rules, and principles to decide what is right. Instead, particular cases can be judged by a detailed description of the relevant circumstances. When our judgments differ, we can decide how to act by deliberating under fair conditions.

The author provides both a philosophical argument for this position and readings of literary texts in which moral theorists are portrayed as concrete characters. These works include Plato's Protagoras, selections from the Gospels and Dante, Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, the debate between Erasmus and Luther, Erasmus's Praise of Folly, Shakespeare's King Lear, Nabokov's Lolita, and Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Thus, Levine offers essentially a moral argument for the humanities, discussing the implications not only for ethics, but also for theology, law, politics, and education.