Is Nothing Sacred?

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Ben Mark Rogers
Psychology Press, 2004 - 148 страница
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We call many things sacred, from cows, churches and paintings to flags and burial grounds. Is it still meaningful to talk of things being sacred, or is the idea merely a relic of a bygone religious age? Does everything - and every life - have its price?

Is Nothing Sacred? is a stimulating and wide-ranging debate about some of the major moral dilemmas facing us today, such as the value of human life, art, the environment, and personal freedom.

Packed with clearly presented controversial issues, we are asked to decide whether we should revere life when someone chooses to die, preserve the giant California redwoods, cherish Vermeer's originals for their own sake, or curtail personal freedom for the greater good. Ronald Dworkin argues that the concept of the scared is essential to any human ethics, and Simon Blackburn explains why he thinks 'a humanist should not feel guilty at the emotions of awe and reverence that can be inspired by great religious works of art. Throughout, the idea of the sacred in a secular age is hotly debated amongst the authors and put to the test: should it be abandoned altogether, or does it still have something to teach us?

Is Nothing Sacred? brings together outstanding philosophers and thinkers, including Suzanne Uniacke, Michael Clark, Alan Holland, Simon Blackburn, Richard Dawkins, Richard Norman, Alan Howarth, Nigel Warburton, Matthew Kieran and John Harris.

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Nature Science and the Sacred
7
Is Nature Sacred? Response to Richard Norman
28
Is Art Sacred?
42
Art and the Limitations of Experience Response to Nigel Warburton
51
Is Life Sacred?
59
The Sacred and the Profane Response to Suzanne Uniacke
81
Is Liberty Sacred?
93
The Limits of Liberty A response to Alan Haworth
111
The Idea of the Sacred
119
Salvaging the Sacred
128
The Sacred and the Scientist
135
The Concept of the Sacred A Response to My Critics
138
Index
144
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Ben Rogers is based at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London. He is the author of Beef and Liberty: Beef, Bull and English Patriots (2003), A J Ayer: A Life (1999) and Pascal (1998).

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