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320 pages ; 25 cm
  • For do-gooders, it is always wartime
  • The bodies of strangers
  • The most oppressed of all
  • Duty! Thou sublime and mighty name that dost embrace nothing charming or insinuating, but requirest submission
  • At once rational and ardent
  • An accidental capability produced, in its boundless stupidity, by a biological process that is normally opposed to the expression of such a capability : the undermining of do-gooders, part one
  • The humiliation of strangers
  • The legacy of drunks : the undermining of do-gooders, part two
  • One of those God things
  • Kidneys
  • Please reply to me as soon as possible
  • The children of strangers
  • The aspidistra is the tree of life : the undermining of do-gooders, part three
  • From the point of view of the universe
  • Something quite different from life.
"What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas. A couple adopts two children in distress. But then they think: If they can change two lives, why not four? Or ten? They adopt twenty. But how do they weigh the needs of unknown children in distress against the needs of the children they already have? Another couple founds a leprosy colony in the wilderness in India, living in huts with no walls, knowing that their two small children may contract leprosy or be eaten by panthers. The children survive. But what if they hadn't? How would their parents' risk have been judged? A woman believes that if she spends money on herself, rather than donate it to buy life-saving medicine, then she's responsible for the deaths that result. She lives on a fraction of her income, but wonders: when is compromise self-indulgence and when is it essential? We honor such generosity and high ideals; but when we call people do-gooders there is skepticism in it, even hostility. Why do moral people make us uneasy? Between her stories, MacFarquhar threads a lively history of the literature, philosophy, social science, and self-help that have contributed to a deep suspicion of do-gooders in Western culture. Through its sympathetic and beautifully vivid storytelling, Strangers Drowning confronts us with fundamental questions about what it means to be human. In a world of strangers drowning in need, how much should we help, and how much can we help? Is it right to care for strangers even at the expense of those we are closest to? Moving and provocative, Strangers Drowning challenges us to think about what we value most, and why."-- Dust jacket.
Green Library, Law Library (Crown)
ETHICSOC-171-01, PHIL-171-01, POLISCI-103-01, POLISCI-336S-01, PUBLPOL-103C-01, PUBLPOL-307-01
xvi, 208 p. ; 21 cm.
  • The relation between economic freedom and political freedom
  • The role of government in a free society
  • The control of money
  • International financial and trade arrangements
  • Fiscal policy
  • The role of government in education
  • Capitalism and discrimination
  • Monopoly and the social responsibility of business and labor
  • Occupational licensure
  • The distribution of income
  • Social welfare measures
  • Alleviation of poverty.
It is a rare professor who greatly alters the thinking of his professional colleagues. It's an even rarer one who helps transform the world. Friedman has done both." - Stephen Chapman, Chicago Tribune How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? In his classic book, Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman presents his view of the proper role of competitive capitalism - the organization of the bulk of economic activity through private enterprise operating in a free market - as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom. He also outlines the role that government should play in a society dedicated to freedom and relying primarily on the market to organize economic activity. Friedman begins with a discussion of the principles of a truly liberal society. He then applies those principles to a range of pressing problems, including monetary policy, discrimination, education, income distribution, welfare, and poverty. The result is a book that has sold well over half a million copies in English, has been translated into eighteen languages, and has become increasingly influential in recent years as more and more governments have moved from highly planned economies to embrace free market economics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226264219 20160528
Green Library
ETHICSOC-171-01, PHIL-171-01, POLISCI-103-01, POLISCI-336S-01, PUBLPOL-103C-01, PUBLPOL-307-01
xxii, 538 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198250548 20160528
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls is one of the books by which our age will be remembered: perhaps the most important work of moral and political philosophy of the twentieth century, a classic to stand alongside Kant and Mill. Rawls argues that the correct principles of justice are those that would be agreed to by free and rational persons, placed in the 'original position' behind a veil of ignorance: not knowing their own place in society; their class, race, or sex; their abilities, intelligence, or strengths; or even their conception of the good. Accordingly, he derives two principles of justice to regulate the distribution of liberties, and of social and economic goods. In this revised edition the work is presented as Rawls himself wishes it to be transmitted to posterity, with numerous minor revisions and amendments and a new Preface in which Rawls reflects on his presentation of his thesis and explains how and why he has revised it.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198250548 20160528
Green Library, Education Library (Cubberley), Philosophy Library (Tanner)
ETHICSOC-171-01, PHIL-171-01, POLISCI-103-01, POLISCI-336S-01, PUBLPOL-103C-01, PUBLPOL-307-01
592 p.
  • "On Liberty"-- "Utilitarianiam"-- "Cosiderations on Representative Government"-- "The Subjection of Women".
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780192822086 20160527
The four essays here collected show Mill applying his liberal utilitarian philosophy to a range of issues that are still regarded as vital today - issues of the nature of ethics, the scope and limits of individual liberty, the merits and costs of democratic government and the place of women in society. Contrary to the common view, these essays show Mill to be a systematic and consistent thinker, rather than a muddled eclectic of traditional interpretations. In his introduction, John Gray describes these essays as applications of Mill's doctrine of the Art of Life, as set out in "A System of Logic". Using the resources of recent revisionist scholarship, he argues that Mill's work is far richer than traditional interpretations allow. He suggests that Mill's project of giving liberalism a utilitarian foundation nevertheless fails, the failure of Millian liberalism carrying with it the likely failure of liberalism itself.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780192822086 20160527
Green Library
ETHICSOC-171-01, PHIL-171-01, POLISCI-103-01, POLISCI-336S-01, PUBLPOL-103C-01, PUBLPOL-307-01