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Freedom and Limits

John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Abstract

This collection of articles by American philosopher, John Lachs, includes Lachs's discussions of philosophy of mind, medical ethics, his theories of mediation and choice-inclusive facts, and his recent espousal of anti-perfectionism and stoic pragmatism. Lachs acknowledges the complex tension that arises in celebrating human individuality, intelligence, and creativity while being mindful of the real conditions that curb our endeavors. Meaningful and enriching living are not thereby sacrificed but rather contextualized. As a result, Lachs celebrates moments of immediacy even as he recognizes th ... More

Keywords: Liberty, Human finitude, Activity, Theory of mediation, History of philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Lachs, author
Vanderbilt University

Patrick Shade, editor
Rhodes College

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Introduction

Patrick Shade

Part One Mind and Reality

One The Impotent Mind

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Two Santayana’s Philosophy of Mind

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Three Fichte’s Idealism

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Four Peirce, Santayana, and the Large Facts

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Six Primitive Naturalism

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Part Two Self and Society

Seven Two Views of Happiness in Mill

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Eight Questions of Life and Death

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Nine On Selling Organs

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Ten A Community of Psyches

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Eleven The Cost of Community

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Twelve Public Benefit, Private Cost

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Thirteen Leaving Others Alone

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Part Three Pluralism and Choice-Inclusive Facts

Fourteen Relativism and Its Benefits

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Sixteen Human Natures

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Seventeen Persons and Different Kinds of Persons

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Eighteen Grand Dreams of Perfect People

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Nineteen Philosophical Pluralism

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Part Four Meaningful Living

Twenty-Three Aristotle and Dewey on the Rat Race

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Twenty-Four Improving Life

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Twenty-five Stoic Pragmatism

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Twenty-Six Pragmatism and Death

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Part Five Human Advance and Finite Obligation

Twenty-Seven The Relevance of Philosophy to Life

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Twenty-Eight Both Better Off and Better

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Thirty Learning About Possibility

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Thirty-One Moral Holidays

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Thirty-Two Good Enough

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

Epilogue Physician Assisted Suicide

Patrick Shade, and John Lachs

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