Item description for Sentience and Sensibility: A Conversation about Moral Philosophy by Matthew R. Silliman & David K. Johnson...
Sentience and Sensibility is a lively and thought-provoking fictional conversation between an immigration officer named Harriet Taylor and an immigrating philosopher named Manual Kant, who is seeking `philosophical asylum' in the United States. In the course of Mr. Kant's application the two unlikely interlocutors develop a friendship and a compelling dialogue that continues over several days. The topics they discuss range from "microbe morality," "Cooperation in bats," and "Cat-consciousness," to such fundamental and current concerns as "Truth," "Postmodernism," "Political courage," the "Pro-Life/Pro-Choice" debate, "Vegetarianism," "Torture," "Education," "Animal rights," "Moral Progress," and "Parenting."
This is a stimulating introduction to some of today's cutting-edge moral theory. It also advances a new and unifying view according to which moral value is best understood as an emergent property of sentience: complex (irreducible to a unitary principle) and scalar (a matter of incremental degree). As such Silliman's account may bridge the gap, or at least split the difference, between those who think everything (or everything living) has intrinsic moral value, and those who would restrict moral importance to humans alone.
Philosophical page-turners are finding an avid readership. This conversation is accessible and engaging and addresses matters of natural human concern with rigor and originality. Additionally, it will serve as an excellent companion text for all courses in Moral philosophy and Ethics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2006
Publisher Parmenides Publishing
ISBN 1930972075 ISBN13 9781930972070
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A thought-provoking examination of fundamental philosophical morality Mar 6, 2007
Written by philosophy professor Matthew R. Silliman, Sentience and Sensibility: A Conversation About Moral Philosophy is a treatise written in the venerable format of philosophical dialogue between individuals, in which characters actively challenge each other to clarify their ideas and defend their reasoning. Eschewing excessive technical language to remain accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Sentience and Sensibility explores both traditional and fresh takes on weighty philosophical issues such as the nature and origin of moral values, the moral status of animals, problems of partiality, racism and moral perfectionism, and much more. A thought-provoking examination of fundamental philosophical morality quandaries affecting humankind from ancient times to the modern day.
The Re-emergence of Good Philosophical Dialogue Dec 5, 2006
This is an incredibly, well-written dialogue. An excellent course book for introduction to philosophy, value theory, ethics, post-post modernism, etc. Accessible to the non specialist, but still of great interest to professionals in the field.