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Why can't we be good?

Author: Jacob Needleman
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacob Needleman
ISBN: 1585426202 9781585426201
OCLC Number: 173264053
Description: 285 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The one question --
The first step --
The world of ideas --
Ideas alone are not enough --
But ideas are the first step --
The good universe --
The teacher waits --
Ideas live in people --
God is one --
The pupil waits --
One God; two hearts --
The problem of evil --
The secret of Socrates or thinking together as a work of love --
Enter Socrates --
The secret of Socrates --
The taste of thinking --
The mountain of Plato --
The missing page --
Freedom from answers --
Bread and stone --
The ethics of communal thought --
The transformation of the question --
The world of appearances --
Two halves of one great idea --
The real world can be known only by the real self --
The question of the heart is a moral demand --
The authentic teacher and the authentic seeker --
A kind of love --
The white dove --
A rehearsal for morality --
Life without ethics? --
Turtles --
Passion and attention --
The shock of the question --
The moral power of listening --
A movement toward conscience --
Something exceedingly fine --
Love and listening --
Between wonder and despair --
On the way to good and evil --
On the meaning of the human body --
The Socratic threshold --
Interlude: the garment of the Buddha --
Glimpses --
"Knowledge" and knowledge --
A new kind of body --
Intermediate morality --
The ethics of attention --
Our world and our life --
The fountain of all that is good --
This new power of the mind --
Real philosophy --
The "least powerful" man in the world --
On the measure of friendship --
An invitation --
"Oh, I forgot!" --
Dr. Kinderu's misunderstanding --
Mary Adijian's discovery --
The ethics of attention --
Why do moral codes fail? --
I am my attention --
The first obligation of man --
The great aim of education --
The two moralities --
The log-off club --
The tragedy of attention --
What is evil? and why does evil exist? --
The anguish of Fred Prozi --
The face of Fred Prozi --
At the heart of what we call ethics --
The reconstruction of Mr. Prozi --
Awakening to darkness, or the meaning of silence --
Sacred silence --
What is taken away? what is given? --
The essential --
Not this, not that --
The action of the guide --
Words turn back --
Moral mysticism --
The freedom that leads to freedom --
The ethics of the lesser morality --The duty that is at the heart of duty --
We are not yet man --
The two truths that are errors --
A dangerous question --
The greatest idea in the world --
Hillel the Elder and the idea of the universal moral law --
The life of Hillel --
What did Hillel find? --
The seed and the fruit of all that is good --
Another dimension of love --
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? --
And if I am for myself alone, what am I? --
The hidden bridge : an essential digression --
The seed and the fruit of inner morality --
If not now, when? --
The metaphysics of morality --
The doctrine of angels and the obligation offered to man --
The ethical animal and the meaning of our freedom --
A meditation on crossing the Socratic threshold --
The great unknown --
The birth of the human --
A transforming fire --
The shock of love --
A kind of summation : why can't we be good?
Responsibility: Jacob Needleman.

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