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Life and action : elementary structures of practice and practical thought

Author: Michael Thompson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, ©2008.
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Any sound practical philosophy must be clear on practical concepts--concepts, in particular, of life, action, and practice. This clarity is Michael Thompson's aim in his ambitious work. In Thompson's view, failure to comprehend the structures of thought and judgment expressed in these concepts has disfigured modern moral philosophy, rendering it incapable of addressing the larger questions that should be its focus.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Thompson, Michael, 1959-
Life and action.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007043818
(OCoLC)179103489
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Thompson
ISBN: 9780674033962 0674033965
OCLC Number: 431351552
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 223 pages)
Contents: Part I: The representation of life --
Can life be given a real definition? --
The representation of the living individual --
The representation of the life-form itself --
Part II: Naive action theory --
Types of practical explanation --
Naive explanation of action --
Action and time --
Part III: Practical generality --
Two tendencies in practical philosophy --
Practices and dispositions as sources of the goodness of individual actions --
Practice and disposition as sources of individual action.
Responsibility: Michael Thompson.
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