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Talking Philosophy
Talking Philosophy

Talking Philosophy

by Richard Sorabji

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English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

9780199462889 - Year: 2015 - Pages: 140

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Paperback

Richard Sorabji
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Author: Richard Sorabji
Contributor(s)/Artiste(s): Ramin Jahanbegloo
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 140
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780199462889

Description

In this engaging dialogue that moves effortlessly across interdisciplinary boundaries, Richard Sorabji expounds, with astounding clarity and candidness, on a broad range of issues such as the moral philosophy behind the concepts of just war and humanitarian intervention, whether it is possible to be a Stoic today, and whether there is such a thing as a continuous self. He surveys the four leading ancient schools of philosophical thought Aristotelian, Stoic, Platonist (including Neo-Platonist), and Epicurean and analyses the differences in their approach to various subjects.

Talking Philosophy is as much a recollection of Sorabji’s childhood and his scholarly life at Oxford as it is a philosophical reflection on issues as varied and complex as whether animals have reason or whether Gandhi could be considered an ethical role model.




COMMENT:

‘I don’t know whether in the case of Hazare it’s a whole lifestyle that he brings into play. I mean, fasting was just one instrument that Gandhi had, quite a powerful instrument, in some ways-though not the most admirable instrument, because in some cases I have a feeling he used his fasting rather as blackmail. What was more impressive was that his fasting depended on his whole lifestyle, in that he trained himself not to fear death, so it didn’t come out of nowhere,…Perhaps, the same was true of Hazare.’
== Richard Sorabji

Contents

Contents

An Examined Self: The Grace of Moral Consciousness

PART I: A BRITISH INDIAN

Childhood at Oxford
Remembering Cornelia Sorabji
Gandhi and the Parsees
A Christian Education
Becoming British
An Imagined India
The Dragon School at Oxford
Memories of the Second World War
Studying at Charterhouse
Cricket and the Indian-ness
Practicing Russian
The Oxford Years
Living in America
Back to England
Return to Oxford
The Paradoxical India
A Typical British Scholarly Life


PART II: GANDHI AND ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

Gandhi and Eastern Philosophy
Gandhi the Role Model
The Gandhian Body Politic
Gandhi as a Philosopher
Eros, Philia, and Agape
Self-Purification of the Nation and Salvation of the Soul
Gandhi and the Stoics
Gandhi and Brah macharya

PART III: TIME, SELF, FREEDOM, AND DEATH

Is There a Self?
The Self and the Stoics
The Stoics and the Indians
Death and Reincarnation
The Disembodied Self
The Necessity and the Cause
What Is Time?
Time and Consolation
Death and Will to Life: East and West
Thinking the Universe

PART IV: READING ANCIENT GREEKS TODAY
Starting with Aristotle
The Concept of Memory
Sense Perception in Greek Philosophy
Return to the Stoics
Living with Excellence
Being a Stoic Today
Ashoka and Marcus Aurelius
Aristotle on Self-Awareness
Sharing Knowledge with Oneself

PART V: WAR AND ETHICS

Going to War
Patriotism and War
Western Tradition of Ethics of War
Authority and War
The Stoics and War
Humanitarian Intervention in Ancient Times
The Concept of Just War
Moderation and Peace

PART VI: ANIMALS AND HUMANS

Animal Minds and Human Morals
Animals and Moral Philosophy
Gandhi and Animals
The Masters and Possessors of Nature
Animals in the Indian Tradition
The Stoics and Animals
Is Cannibalism a Moral Attitude?
Philosophers and the Support for Animals

PART VII: LOOKING BACK

Reminiscing
An Intercultural Philosopher
Being Reborn and Choices in Life

About the Author

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