ANNEX 3: Russell's Humean Wobble: Human Society in Ethics and Politics
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Russell’s Human Society is a fun book to read, but meta-ethically it is a bit of a mess. There is much wit and some wisdom, though both the wit and the wisdom are more conspicuous when he is discussing human nature and human society than when he is discussing the finer points of ethical theory. (I particularly like his frequent complaints that human behavior seldom rises to the level of enlightened self-interest. If only we could manage to be intelligently selfish, the world would be a much better place.) The drift of the argument is sometimes difficult to discern, partly because of has frequent digressions to make bon mots, and partly because of his dialectical method of presentation, which approaches what he takes to be the truth via a series of successive approximations. Human Society in Ethics and Politics was published in 1954, but the meta-ethical bits were originally written some years earlier and intended for inclusion in Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits, (1948). Russell held them back because he was not sure whether ethical propositions rose to the dignity of knowledge. He continued to be doubtful about this, but by the early 1950s his doubts had sufficiently dissipated for publication to become a possibility. Nevertheless, there are marked analogies between the two books. Human Knowledge attempts to establish the existence of a mindindependent world on the basis of private perceptions. Human Society attempts to establish an ethic that is in some degree independent of individual minds on the basis of subjective sentiments
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
A. C. Ewing (1955). Human Society in Ethics and Politics. By Bertrand Russell. (London, Allen & Unwin, 1954. Pp. 239. 15s.). Philosophy 30 (114):283-.
Petros A. M. Gelepithis (1999). AI and Human Society. AI and Society 13 (3):312-321.
Bertrand Russell (1955). Human Society in Ethics and Politics. New York, Simon and Schuster.
Pierpaolo Donati (2012). Doing Sociology in The Age of Globalization. World Futures 68 (4-5):225 - 247.
Domènec Melé (2009). Business Ethics in Action: Seeking Human Excellence in Organizations. Palgrave Macmillan.
Richard E. Flathman (1996). The Imagined and Wished for Imperium of Reason and Science: Russell's Empiricism and its Relation to His and Our Ethics and Politics. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 26 (2):162-180.
Shaoping Gan (2009). Human Dignity as a Right. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 (3):370-384.
Mario Giampietro & Sandra G. F. Bukkens (1992). Sustainable Development: Scientific and Ethical Assessments. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 5 (1):27-57.
Wang Xinyan (2006). Globalization and Common Human Interests. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 9:173-177.
Hauke Brunkhorst (2009). Dialectical Snares: Human Rights and Democracy in the World Society. Ethics and Global Politics 2 (3).
David M. Messick (2004). Human Nature and Business Ethics. The Ruffin Series of the Society for Business Ethics 2004:129-133.
Paulina Tambakaki (2010). Human Rights, or Citizenship? Birkbeck Law Press.
Vasil Gluchman (2008). Human Dignity and its Non-Utilitarian Consequentialist Aspects. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 10:127-133.
Georgia Apostolopoulou (2007). Toward a Hermeneutic Anthropology of Human Rights. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 3:151-156.
Added to index2010-09-14
Total downloads20 ( #176,478 of 1,789,791 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #92,929 of 1,789,791 )
How can I increase my downloads?