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Freedom and Limits$
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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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To Have and to Be

To Have and to Be

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(p.303) Twenty To Have and to Be
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Freedom and Limits
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0022

Lachs explores concrete problems in contemporary society concerning possession, progress, and indiscriminate experimentation. Behind these lies a preoccupation with the future—both its promise and its openness—that blinds us to the joys of the present and draws our attention from the very real consequences of our actions. Lachs proposes careful consideration of the assumptions of these problems (such as “the Consumer's Fallacy about the Ends of Human Life” and “the Fallacy of Separation” of means and ends) and offers the more promising prescription of an active life directed by self-knowledge.

Keywords:   Action, Progress, Experimentation

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