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Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting It Right

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Harry G. Frankfurt begins his inquiry by asking, "What is it about human beings that makes it possible for us to take ourselves seriously?" Based on The Tanner Lectures in Moral Philosophy, Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting It Right delves into this provocative and original question.

The author maintains that taking ourselves seriously presupposes an inward-directed,
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Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 18th 2006 by Stanford University Press
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Johnny
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ethics, philosophy
Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting It Right is composed of a series of lectures by Harry G. Frankfurt, given at Stanford University and commented by a panel of scholars (Christine Korsgaard, M. Bratman, and Meier Dan-Cohen). Frankfurt's thesis is that love, being volitional, can serve as both a unifying principle in the personality and as moral guidance. I found myself drawn to his approach because of his definition of and application of love as a formative, guiding principle in life. Even ...more
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Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Reason and Love"

Harry G. Frankfurt is professor emeritus at Princeton University. This book "Taking Ourselves Seriously & Getting it Right" includes the Tanner Lectures that he gave in 2004 at Standford University, and a series of comments written by other distinguished philosophers on Frankfurt's lectures. In these two lectures, Frankfurt explores the roles of two motivating forces in our lives: reason and love.
Rachel
Apr 23, 2008 rated it liked it
This guy is self-help to non-philosophy major humanities academics who wish they'd studied philosophy. Regardless, I am enjoying the arguments, and respondent's counter arguments, in back regarding the centrality of specific notions of care / love / reason in the construction of what might be deemed necessary acts of volition.
G.
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to G. by: NY Times Magazine
One thing I appreciated about this book was the straightforward explanation of the importance of caring. And love. Coming from Ivy League faculty it's refreshing. I've since read most of his works and return to this one most often.
Josh Paul
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Taking Ourselves Seriously is a very good essay, much better than his better known On Bullshit (which is enjoyably, but not really very important).
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