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Kindness and the Good Society
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Kindness and the Good Society utilizes phenomenology and a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional sources to provide the first comprehensive account of kindness in any genre of philosophy. Remarkably rich in descriptive detail and drawing upon a wide range of examples, including literary sources, current affairs, and traditional philosophical texts, Hamrick’s book rescues kindness from the purposeful neglect of deontological and utilitarian ethical theories. Beginning with an account of the personal and social areas of ethical and moral comportment, Hamrick addresses what is not intuitively obvious about kindness and its opposite, details a critical kindness that avoids both naiveté as well as popular cynicism, and guides us toward a new notion of aesthetic humanism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxvi
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  1. Part I
  2. p. 1
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  1. Chapter 1 Acts and Omissions
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. Chapter 2 Personal Kindness
  2. pp. 27-62
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  1. Chapter 3 The Agency Of Kindness
  2. pp. 63-93
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  1. Chapter 4 Social Atmospheres, Technology, and Nature
  2. pp. 95-130
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  1. Chapter 5 Institutions and Community
  2. pp. 131-168
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  1. Part II
  2. p. 169
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  1. Chapter 6 The Hermeneutic Challenge
  2. pp. 171-197
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  1. Chapter 7 Ideologies
  2. pp. 199-235
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  1. Chapter 8 Critical Kindness:Toward an Aesthetic Humanism
  2. pp. 237-258
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 259-292
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 293-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-318
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