The Extinction of Desire
A Tale of Enlightenment

By: Michael Boylan

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Normative worldview theory is a subcategory of the following areas in philosophy: ethical theory (under the category of moral realism), value theory (under the category of grounding normative claims), and epistemology (self-analysis).

Examples of texts exhibiting Ethical Theory via Moral Realism and Self-Analysis

Michael Boylan, A Just Society ( Lanham, MD and Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).

Alan Donagan, The Theory of Morality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977).

Alan Gewirth, Reason and Morality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978)

Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, tr. H. J. Paton ( New York: Harper and Row, 1964 [1785].

John Rawls, A Theory of Justice (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971).

Amaryta Sen, Inequality Re-Examined (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992).

Henry Shue, Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence and U.S. Foreign Policy (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1986).

Examples of texts on the grounding various normative claims

Theodor W. Adorno. Aesthetic Theory. Translated by C. Lenhardt (London: Routledge and K. Paul, 1984).

Michael Boylan, A Just Society ( Lanham, MD and Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).

Christian Illies, The Grounds of Ethical Judgement ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

Christine Korsgaard, The Sources of Normativity, Edited by Onora O’Neill (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Alexandre Koyré, From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hoplins University Press, 1957.

Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. 2 nd ed. ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970 [1962].

Emmanuel Levinas, Alterity and Transcendence. Translated by Michael B. Smith (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999).

Thomas Nagel. The Possibility of Altrusim (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1970).

Paul Ricoeur, The Rule of Metaphor. Translated by Robert Czerny (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 1977)

The Symbolism of Evil. Translated by Emerson Buchanan (Boston: Beacon Press, 1969).

Bernard Williams. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985).

Key Boylan texts on normative worldview

Michael Boylan, Basic Ethics (Upper Saddle-River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000).

Michael Boylan and Kevin Brown, Genetic Engineering: Science and Ethics on the New Frontier (Upper Saddle-River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002).

Michael Boylan and James A. Donahue, Ethics Across the Curriculum: A Practice-Based Approach ( Lanham, MD and Oxford: Lexington Books, 2003).

Michael Boylan, A Just Society ( Lanham, MD and Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).

Michael Boylan, The Good, The True, and The Beautiful ( Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming).

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