ABSTRACT

Drawing on the spirit of classical American Philosophy, A Community of Individuals is an original, highly engaging, and important philosophical exploration of pressing personal and social problems. With clear, compelling, spirited writing, Lachs tackles a wide range of topics from the responsibility of educators and the role of education to the problems of aging and the desire for immortality, from genetic engineering and biomedical research to genocide and moral progress. The work also includes new, significant discussion of major American thinkers. The common theme running through the book is the complex relationships between individuality and community, and how we might think through their competing demands to live better lives.

chapter |2 pages

Introduction

ByJohn Lachs

part |31 pages

Intellectuals and Courage

chapter |6 pages

Intellectuals and Courage

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |4 pages

Reflections on Philosophy

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |7 pages

Teaching as a Calling

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |11 pages

Education in the Twenty-First Century

ByShirley M. Lachs

part |60 pages

Issues for Individuals

chapter |10 pages

What Humans Did Not Make

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |12 pages

Valuational Species

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |13 pages

Improving Life

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |12 pages

The Vague Hope of Immortality

ByJohn Lachs

part |44 pages

Problems for Communities

chapter |5 pages

The Significance of Purposes for Bioethics

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |9 pages

Grand Dreams of Perfect People

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |4 pages

Researchers and Their Subjects as Neighbors

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |10 pages

Dying Old as a Social Problem

ByJohn Lachs

part |65 pages

American Philosophers

chapter |14 pages

The Insignificance of Individuals

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |12 pages

Santayana as Pragmatist

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |9 pages

Neoplatonic Elements in the Spiritual Life

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |10 pages

Peirce: Inquiry as Social Life

ByJohn Lachs

chapter |5 pages

Peirce and Santayana on Purposes

ByJohn Lachs