Morality, Self Knowledge and Human Suffering
An Essay on The Loss of Confidence in the World
By Josep Corbí
Routledge – 2012 – 254 pages
In this wholly original study, Josep Corbi asks how one should relate to a certain kind of human suffering, namely, the harm that people cause one another. Relying upon real life examples of human suffering--including torture, genocide, and warfare--as opposed to thought experiments, Corbi proposes a novel approach to self-knowledge that runs counter to standard Kantian approaches to morality.
1. Introduction 2. Thought Experiments, Justice, and Character 3. The Loss of Confidence in the World 4. The Real and the Imaginary in the Soldier's Experience 5. The Reality of Moral Features 6. Moral Principles and the Divided Conception of the Self 7 Self-Knowledge in the Light of a Dance 8. Conclusion: Toward Expressive Awareness
Josep E. Corbí is a full professor at the University of Valencia. He has published Minds, Causes, and Mechanisms. A Case Against Mechanisms (with Josep L. Prades; Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000) and Un lugar para la moral (Madrid: Antonio Machado, 2003), as well as a number of papers in philosophy of mind, meta-ethics and epistemology.