What is right? What is wrong? How do we decide? To a remarkable extent, our decision-making is determined by the origins of the ethical ideas that we employ and the history of their development. A Short History of Ethics is widely acknowledged as the perfect introduction to the subject, presenting in concise form an insightful yet exceptionally complete history of moral philosophy in the west from the Greeks to contemporary times. In clear and readable prose Alasdair MacIntyre, one of the finest living philosophers, leads the reader towards a greater understanding of what lies behind our ethical decisions. ISBN: 0415287499 Publisher: ROUTLEGE Subtitle: Author: ALASD MACINTYRE
In the eighteenth century, medicine underwent a mutation. For the first time, medical knowledge took on a precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics. The body became something that could be mapped. Disease became subject to new rules of classification. And doctors begin to describe phenomena that for centuries had remained below the threshold of the visible and expressible.
In The Birth of the Clinic the philosopher and intellectual historian who may be the true heir to Nietzsche charts this dramatic transformation of medical knowledge. As in his classic Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault shows how much what we think of as pure science owes to social and cultural attitude–in this case, to the climate of the French Revolution. Brilliant, provocative, and omnivorously learned, his book sheds new light on the origins of our current notions of health and sickness, life and death.
ISBN: 9780679753346 – Paperback Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS ISBN: 9780679753346 Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS Subtitle: AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF MEDICAL PERCEPTION Author: MICHEL FOUCAULT