The Globethics.net Philosophy Series brings a deeper understanding of the works of important philosophers such as Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Mill and Nietzsche, as well as other major non-European philosophical traditions from all continents, through the unique insight of each author in the context of moral philosophical controversies of the last 20 years. The Series provides ethical arguments and original applications to topics including education, law, nature, the environment and on the very practical relations of the human being to the economy, to work, to organisation and/or to technologies. The Series offers single or multiple authors' contributions on classical and modern moral theory with coverage of ethics, of rights and of justice. While the content of the Series' volumes is partly theoretical, applied ethics is also featured with real-life cases and discussions of practical moral problems.
Empathy and indifference : philosophical reflections on schizophreniaThe professional application of ethics often lacks the necessary conceptual tools to construct adequate theoretical foundations that can be used for practical enterprise. Health care professionals, such as psychologists and sociologists, education institution administrators and teachers (among others) , are all, broadly speaking, supposed to be able to take responsibility for other people’s personal development. This makes the relative lack of attention given to theoretical foundations for knowledge on mental development and cognitive sciences all the more puzzling. This book focuses on an anthropological approach to mental illness, describing how schizophrenia can distort one’s experience of empathy and of the presence in the world through pathological indifference. It describes factual and phenomenological perspectives on a case of schizophrenia, based on the method of Eugène Minkowski.
The Value of Critical Knowledge, Ethics and EducationThis book aims at six important conceptual tools developed by philosophers to address the meaning of ethics. The author develops each particular view in a chapter, hoping to constitute at the end a concise, interesting and easily readable whole. These concepts are: 1. Ethics and realism: elucidation of the distinction between understanding and explanation – the lighthouse type of normativity. 2. Leadership, antirealism and moral psychology – the lightning rod type of normativity. 3. Bright light on self-identity and positive reciprocity – the reciprocity type of normativity. 4. The virtue of generosity and its importance for inclusive education – the divine will type of normativity. 5. Ethical education as normative philosophical perspective. The normativity of self-transformation in education. 6. Aesthetics as expression of human freedom and concern for the whole world in which we live, and which lives in us. We share an artistic presence in communities of practice, and across wider human circles, and finally seek to unite in the celebration of friendship and humanity across boundaries in a philosophical garden.