Between Psychology and Philosophy

East-West Themes and Beyond

by Michael Slote

Between Psychology and Philosophy

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This book discusses a variety of important but unprecedented ways in which psychology can be useful to philosophy. The early chapters illustrate this theme via comparisons between Chinese and Western philosophy. It is argued that the Chinese notion of a heart-mind is superior to the Western concept of mind, but then, more even-handedly, the relative strengths and weaknesses of Chinese and Western thought overall are critically examined. In later chapters, the philosophical uses of psychology are treated more specifically in relation to major issues in Western philosophy. Michael Slote shows that empathy and emotion play a role in speech acts (like assertion and thanking) that speech act theory has totally ignored. Similarly, he treats the age-old question of whether justice pays using psychological material that has not previously been recognized. Finally, the implications of psychological egoism are discussed in terms of some new psychological and, indeed, human distinctions. Human life is pervaded by instincts and aspirations that are neither egoistic nor altruistic, and recognizing that fact can help put egoism in its place. It is less of a challenge to morality than we have realized.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Introduction
Chapter 2
Yin-Yang, Mind, and Heart-Mind
Chapter 3
Moral Self-Cultivation East and West: A Critique
Chapter 4
Philosophical Deficiencies East and West
Chapter 5
The Many Roles of Empathy
Chapter 6
How Justice Pays
Chapter 7
The Impossibility of Egoism
Chapter 8
Further Connections
Chapter 9
Conclusion
Appendix A
Philosophy's Dirty Secret: What Philosophy of Science and Virtue Epistemology Need to Learn About Human Irrationality
Appendix B
Care Ethics, Empathy, and Liberalism
Appendix C
Yin-Yang, Adult Identity, and the Good Life
Index
 

Book Details

Subject
Philosophy
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2020
Pages
215
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783030225025
ISBN10
303022502X
ISBN13 Digital
9783030225032
ISBN10 Digital
3030225038
PDF Size
1.8 MB
License
CC BY

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