This volume, modeled after those published in The Library of Living Philosophers, attempts to provide a coherent statement of the work of Abraham Edel in moral and political theory, and on the impact of his work on such diverse areas as education, law, and social science. The methodological element of Edel's work is to see ethical and social theory in the full context of human life; specifically how twentieth-century modes of analysis impact classical concerns about right and wrong, good and evil.The volume is tightly integrated from start to finish, and has the benefit of Edel's thoughtful and thoroughgoing response to critics. In short, while this work is a tribute to the work of a scholar, it aims to serve as a basic guide through the labyrinthian world of contemporary ethical theory and social practice.Contents: Beryl Harold Levy, "Reflective Culture as Philosophy of Law"; Betty A. Sichel, "Abraham Edel's Contribution to Philosophy of Education"; Gerald E. Myers, "Person and Personality - and Respect for Both"; Mihailo Markovic, "Abraham Edel on the Method of Ethical Theory"; Helen Block Lewis, "Consequences for Ethical Theory of a Focus on the Psychology of Shame and Guilt"; Edmund L. Pincoffs, "Ethics as an Explanatory Undertaking"; Standish Thayer, "The Network of Concepts: A New View of Aristotle"; Mortimer R. Kadish, "Abraham Edel and the Dream of Science"; Michael Levin, "Reflections on Non-Cognitivism"; Ralph W. Sleeper, "Naturalizing Legal Positivism"; Irving Louis Horowitz, "The Political Philosophy of Abraham Edel"; Finbarr W. O'Connor, "Network Analysis in Ethics"; Elizabeth Flower, "A Moral Agenda for Ethical Theory"; Abraham Edel, "Responses to Critics"; "An Edel Bibliography."
Table of Contents
Preface Irving Louis Horowitz and H.S. Thayer, 1. Abraham Edel on the Method of Ethical Theory Mihailo Markovic, 2. Ethics as an Explanatory Undertaking Edmund L. Pincoffs, 3. Abraham Edel and the Dream of Science Mortimer R. Kadish, 4. Consequences for Ethical Theory of a Focus on the Psychology of Shame and Guilt Helen Block Lewis, 5. Person and Personality, and Respect for Both Gerald E. Myers, 6. Naturalizing Legal Positivism Ralph W. Sleeper, 7. Reflective Culture as a Philosophy of Law Beryl Harold Levy, 8. Abraham Edel’s Contribution to the Philosophy of Education Betty A. Sichel, 9. The Political Philosophy of Abraham Edel Irving Louis Horowtiz, 10. Reflections on Noncognitivism Michael Levin, 11. The Network of Concepts: A New View of Aristotle H. Standish Thayer, 12. Network Analysis in Ethics Finbarr W O'Connor, 13. A Moral Agenda for Ethical Theory Elizabeth Flower, 14. Comments and Reflections Abraham Edel, Abraham Edel: Philosophical Bibliography, 1930-1985, About the Contributors
Irving Louis Horowitz is Hannah Arendt professor of sociology and political science at Rutgers University, and editor-in-chief of Transaction/society, the largest interdisciplinary social science research publication in the United States. Among his other honors is the privilege of studying with Abraham Edel at the City College of New York between 1947 and 1951. He has held visiting professorships at Princeton, Stanford, Wisconsin, and the University of California in the United States, and overseas appointments at the University of Tokyo, Buenos Aires, the London School of Economics, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and on several occasions, at the University of Buenos Aires. He is the author of The Idea of War and Peace in Contemporary Philosophy and Social Theory (1956, 1972); Science, Philosophy and the Sociology of Knowledge (1961); Ideology and Utopia in the United States (1976); and most recently, Communicating Ideas (1986)., H.S. Thayer is professor of philosophy, The City College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was W.T. Bush Fellow in Philosophy, Columbia University (1947-1948), and has held a Guggenheim Fellowship (1970), National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1974), and membership in the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1974, 1982). His specialization is the history of philosophy and science and the theory of knowledge. He has published articles on Plato, Aristotle, and Greek philosophy, and is an authority on pragmatism and the work of Charles S. Peirce, William James, and John Dewey. His books include The Logic of Pragmatism (1952, 1971); Newtons Philosophy of Nature (1953); Meaning and Action: A Critical History of Pragmatism (1968, 2nd rev. ed., 1984).