Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom, and the Life Issues

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Ignatius Press, 2000 - Philosophy - 325 pages
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Father Spitzer, President of the Magis Institute and former President of Gonzaga University, has been using the principles in this book to educate people of all backgrounds in the philosophy of the pro-life movement. The tremendous positive response he has received inspired him to start the Life Principles Institute. This book is one of the key resources used for this program.

This work effectively draws out the connections between personal attitudes toward happiness and the meaning of life, and the larger cultural issues such as freedom and human rights. Relying on the wisdom of the ages and respecting the human persons' unique capacity for rational analysis, this work offers definitions of the key cultural terms affecting life issues, including Happiness, Success, Love, Suffering, Quality of Life, Ethics, Freedom, Personhood, Human Rights and the Common Good.

 

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Contents

Person Rights and the Common Good
228
I Inalienable Rights
232
A The General Notion of a Right
233
B Three Inalienable Rights
238
C The Objective Prioritization of Inalienable Rights and the Resolution of Rights Conflicts
240
D The Universality of the States Protection of Inalienable Rights
243
E The SoCalled Principle of Clarity and an Example of Its Misuse
247
F Abortion Euthanasia and Inalienable Rights
251

II The Second Level of Happiness and Its Crisis
67
A Way Out of the Comparison Game
77
A Five Fundamental Attitudes
78
Love
91
IV The Third Crisis and the Fourth Level of Happiness
94
A The Power of Human SelfTranscendence
95
B The Third Crisis the Category Error and Its Resolution
104
C Faith
108
V Some Supplemental Prayers to Enhance the Life of Faith
113
VI Ramifications of the Four Levels on the Notion of Person
117
Introduction to Part Two
123
Happiness Success Quality of Life and Love
127
II The Relationship Between SelfWorth and Quality of Life
132
III Love
143
Suffering Well
159
I Transforming Suffering from a Negative to a Positive Experience Moving from a Level 2 to a Level 3 Interpretation of Suffering
164
II Moving from a Level 3 to a Level 4 Interpretation of Suffering
177
Ethics and Freedom
193
A Ethics on the First and Second Levels of Happiness
194
B Ethics on the Third Level of Happiness
197
1 Virtues and Vices
198
2 Norms Pertaining to Right and Wrong Conduct
204
C Ethics on the Fourth Level of Happiness
207
II Freedom
209
B Defining Want and Choice
212
C Freedom on the Third Level of Happiness
215
D Freedom on the Fourth Level of Happiness
219
E Freedom and Abortion
220
F Freedom and Euthanasia
222
G The Legitimate State and the Objectively Necessary Proscriptions of Its Powers
255
H The Principles of Nonmaleficence and Beneficence
257
II The Pursuit of the Common Good
261
Summary of the Ten Categories of Cultural Discourse
270
Introduction to Part Three
281
Abortion
283
I The Redefinition of Person in the Attempt to Justify Abortion
286
II Neglect of Inalienable Rights Arising Out of the Redefinition of Person
290
III Neglect of the Objective Ordering of Rights Arising Out of A and B
291
IV Neglect of the Principle of Nonmaleficence Arising Out of A through C
292
V Superficiality of Freedom Arising Out of A through D
293
VI Superficiality of VirtueEthics Arising Out of A through E
295
VII Superficiality of Love Arising Out of A Through F
298
VIII Superficiality of SelfWorth Arising Out of A Through G
302
IX Superficiality of HappinessSuccess Arising Out of A Through H
305
X The Inability to Suffer Well Resulting in a Culture of SelfPity and Despair Arising Out of A Through I
306
Conclusion
308
Euthanasia
309
I Negative Effects of Euthanasia on Individuals
311
Even if Pain Can Be Adequately Controlled the Debility of Terminal Illness Will Likely Preclude an Acceptable Quality of Life
315
Active Euthanasia Is a Choice an Option a Fundamental Right Therefore People Who Do Not Want This Option Should Not Be Permitted to Prevent ...
325
Active Euthanasia Will Provide a Variety of Social Benefits Such as Helping to Curb the Costs of Treating the Terminally Ill
330
II Negative Effects of Euthanasia on the Culture
331
Conclusion
335
Epilogue
337
Powers Perfection of Powers and Quantum Systems
341
The Necessity of Finite Past Time and Therefore a Creator
345
More Information about the Life Principles Project
347
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Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. is the former president of Gonzaga University and the founder of the Magis Institute, which educates the public about the relationship between physics, philosophy, reason, and faith. He is the chief education officer of the Ethics and Performance Institute, which delivers web-based ethics education to corporations and individuals, and President of the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, which delivers similar curricula to non-profit organizations. He is the author of Healing the Culture, Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life, and Ten Universal Principles.

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