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From Enlightenment to Receptivity: Rethinking Our Values

Michael Slote


This revolutionary book argues that Western philosophy on the whole has overemphasized rational control and autonomy at the expense of the important countervailing value and virtue of receptivity. Recently, the ideas of caring and empathy have received a great deal of philosophical and public attention, but both these notions rest on the deeper and broader value of receptivity, and in From Enlightenment to Receptivity: Rethinking Our Values, the philosopher Michael Slote seeks to show that we need to focus more on receptivity if we are to attain a more balanced sense and understanding of what ... More

Keywords: receptivity, empathy, caring, emotion, Enlightenment, Faustianism, control, autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199970704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Slote, author
University of Miami