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Why things matter to people : social science, values and ethical life

Author: R Andrew Sayer
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Andrew Sayer undertakes a fundamental critique of social science's difficulties in acknowledging that people's relation to the world is one of concern. As sentient beings, capable of flourishing and suffering, and particularly vulnerable to how others treat us, our view of the world is substantially evaluative. Yet modernist ways of thinking encourage the common but extraordinary belief that values are beyond  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Andrew Sayer
ISBN: 9781107001145 1107001145 9780521171649 0521171644
OCLC Number: 857636287
Description: ix, 284 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1 Introduction: a relation to the world of concern --
2 Values within reason --
3 Reason beyond rationality: values and practical reason --
4 Beings for whom things matter --
5 Understanding the ethical dimension of life --
6 Dignity --
7 Critical social science and its rationales --
8 Implications for social science --
Appendix: comments on philosophical theories of ethics.
Responsibility: Andrew Sayer.

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