For a Kinder, Gentler Society
The Still Center
A Philosophy for Our Time
  • Burton Porter
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The Still Center. A Philosophy for Our Time
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Prof. Burton Porter offers signposts for a satisfying, successful life while introducing readers to a wide range of traditions in moral theory and ethics. Writing in a clear, concise way, he examines our present attitudes and values with full 21st-century awareness and identifies approaches to our life that can create a fulfilling existence.

About the Author

Burton Porter earned his Ph.D. at St. Andrews University (Scotland), which included graduate studies at Oxford University. He has been on the faculty at several institutions including Drexel University, Russell Sage College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Maryland (European Division). At present, he teaches philosophy at Western New England University.

Dr. Porter writes both academic and fiction works, and has published a number of books as well as papers and reviews. Among his recent book publications are: Finding Your Own Philosophy of Life, Algora (2016); The Age of Disinformation: A Contempt for Truth; Authenticity; Forbidden Knowledge; African Metaphor; The Good Life: Options In Ethics; The Great Perhaps: God as a Question; What the Tortoise Taught Us; and Philosophy Through Film.

He received the award of Outstanding Educator of America, and the Faculty Research Award at Western New England University. He lives outside Amherst. MA with his wife, Barbara, and has a son, Mark, a daughter, Ans, and a stepdaughter, Sarah. His interests range from philosophy to music to literature.

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We can enjoy a fulfilling life under all sorts of circumstances, finding or creating a purpose, goal or meaning for our own unique existence, and developing an appreciation for the beauty and variety of experiences and impressions life...

We can enjoy a fulfilling life under all sorts of circumstances, finding or creating a purpose, goal or meaning for our own unique existence, and developing an appreciation for the beauty and variety of experiences and impressions life presents.

Prof. Burton Porter examines our present attitudes and values, and offers signposts for a successful life. Some are consistent with our current direction; others are at variance with contemporary trends. But with full, 21st-century awareness, the author points to dimensions of human beings that can be realized to create a fulfilling existence.

In so doing, he introduces readers to a wealth of poetic and literary perspectives and delivers a clear explication of a wide range of traditions in moral theory and ethics.

Writing in a clear, concise way, the author invites everyone to consider how to set today’s values and sensibilities into a broader framework of thought, and to ponder how to construct a satisfying, worthy self in the midst of chaotic social changes. Along the way he quickly introduces many of the major trends of Western philosophy, great thinkers from the Ancient Greeks to today. The book shows readers how to see the relevance today of pragmatism, formalism, relativism, postmodernism, logic and sophistry, and realism vs. idealism, and modern classics such as Mills and Hume.


Table of Contents
1. Our Age of Science and Technology 2. Body and Soul, Heaven and Earth 3. The Decline of Religion 4. The Place of Values in a World of Fact 5. Intention, Consequenc

1. Our Age of Science and Technology

2. Body and Soul, Heaven and Earth

3. The Decline of Religion

4. The Place of Values in a World of Fact

5. Intention, Consequence, and the Worth of Action

6. Good and Bad: Relative or Objective?

7. Reality As Self-Constructed

8. Is Art a Matter of Taste?

9. Our Post-Truth Era

10. Doing What’s Right When It Does No Good

11. Character and Duty

12. Pleasure As the Goal in Life

13. Pursuing Happiness for Everyone

14. Nature As the Model of Existence

15. The Culture Wars: A Divided Nation

16. The Still Center


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Pages 172
Year: 2021
BISAC: PHI035000 PHILOSOPHY / Essays
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