1st Edition

Social Humanism
A New Metaphysics

ISBN 9781138922228
Published June 23, 2015 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

In this book, Ellis argues that moral and political objectives are not independent of one other, and so must be pursued in tandem. Social humanism is a moral and political philosophy that does just this. As a political philosophy, it justifies the implementation and maintenance of many of the characteristic social policies of welfare states. As a moral philosophy, it provides the foundation required for most human rights legislation.

To this end, Ellis elaborates on the theory of social humanism and the need to reconsider the metaphysical foundations of morals. He develops the theory of social idealism as a meta-theory for both morals and social policy, exploring the global consequences of this new approach.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part I: Social Humanism  1. The Ideals of Social Humanism  2. The Humanistic Theory of Social Equality  Part II: Causal Realism  3. The Metaphysics of Causal Realism  Part III: Social Idealism  4. The Social Theory of Morality  5. Individualism  6. Theory and Method  Part IV: Global Humanism  7. A Global Social Contract  Conclusion


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Brian Ellis is Professor Emeritus of philosophy at La Trobe University, Australia.