Is Nothing Sacred?

Author: Ben Rogers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134407084

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

View: 9474

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.

Ancient Greek Medicine in Questions and Answers

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004442677

Category: History

Page: 254

View: 9307

This volume provides a set of in-depth case studies about the role of questions and answers (Q&A) in ancient Greek medical writing from its Hippocratic beginnings up to, and including, Late Antiquity.

The Doctrine of Life Annuities and Assurances

Author: Francis Baily,H. Filipowski

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3752585250

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2359

Reprint of the original, first published in 1864. Analytically Investigated and Practically Explained. Together with several useful tables connected with the subject.