Why Can't We Be Good?

ISBN-10: 1585426202
ISBN-13: 9781585426201
Edition: 2008
Authors: Jacob Needleman
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The widely respected social philosopher embarks on his most gripping and broadly appealing work, asking the ultimate question of human nature: Why do we repeatedly violate our most deeply held values and beliefs? After nearly forty years of weighing humanity's deepest dilemmas-working in settings ranging from university and high school classrooms to corporate offices and hospitals-bestselling author, philosopher, and religious scholar Jacob Needleman presents the most urgent, deeply felt, and widely accessible work of his career. In Why Can't We Be Good?Needleman identifies the core problem that therapists and social philosophers fail to see. He depicts the individual human as a being who knows what is good, yet who remains mysteriously helpless to innerly adopt the ethical, moral, and religious ideas that are bequeathed to him.

The One Question
The First Step
The World of Ideas
Ideas Alone Are Not Enough
But Ideas Are the First Step
The Good Universe
The Teacher Waits
Ideas Live in People
God Is One
The Pupil Waits
One God; Two Hearts
The Problem of Evil
The Secret of Socrates or Thinking Together as a Work of Love
Enter Socrates
The Secret of Socrates
The Taste of Thinking
The Mountain of Plato
The Missing Page
Freedom from Answers
Bread and Stone
The Ethics of Communal Thought
The Transformation of the Question
The World of Appearances
Two Halves of One Great Idea
The Real World Can Be Known Only by the Real Self
The Question of the Heart Is a Moral Demand
The Authentic Teacher and the Authentic Seeker
A Kind of Love
The White Dove
A Rehearsal for Morality
Life Without Ethics?
Turtles
Passion and Attention
The Shock of the Question
The Moral Power of Listening
A Movement Toward Conscience
Something Exceedingly Fine
Love and Listening
Between Wonder and Despair
On the Way to Good and Evil
On the Meaning of the Human Body
The Socratic Threshold
Interlude: The Garment of the Buddha
Glimpses
"Knowledge" and Knowledge
A New Kind of Body
Intermediate Morality
The Ethics of Attention
Our World and Our Life
The Fountain of All That Is Good
This New Power of the Mind
Real Philosophy
The "Least Powerful" Man in the World
On the Measure of Friendship
An Invitation
"Oh, I Forgot!"
Dr. Kinder's Misunderstanding
Mary Adijian's Discovery
The Ethics of Attention II
Why Do Moral Codes Fail?
I Am My Attention
The First Obligation of Man
The Great Aim of Education
The Two Moralities
The Log-off Club
The Tragedy of Attention
What Is Evil? And Why Does Evil Exist?
The Anguish of Fred Prozi
The Face of Fred Prozi
At the Heart of What We Call Ethics
The Reconstruction of Mr. Prozi
Awakening to Darkness, or the Meaning of Silence
Sacred Silence
What Is Taken Away? What Is Given?
The Essential
Not This, Not That
The Action of the Guide
Words Turn Back
Moral Mysticism
The Freedom That Leads to Freedom
The Ethics of the Lesser Morality
The Duty That Is at the Heart of Duty
We Are Not Yet Man
The Two Truths That Are Errors
A Dangerous Question
The Greatest Idea in the World
Hillel the Elder and the Idea of the Universal Moral Law
The Life of Hillel
What Did Hillel Find?
The Seed and the Fruit of All That is Good
Another Dimension of Love
If I Am Not for Myself, Who Will Be for Me?
And If I Am for Myself Alone, What Am I?
The Hidden Bridge: An Essential Digression
The Seed and the Fruit of Inner Morality
If Not Now, When?
The Metaphysics of Morality
The Doctrine of Angels and the Obligation Offered to Man
The Ethical Animal and the Meaning of Our Freedom
A Meditation on Crossing the Socratic Threshold
The Great Unknown
The Birth of the Human
A Transforming Fire
The Shock of Love
A Kind of Summation: Why Cant We be Good?
For Further Reading
Notes
Index

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