By Ari Kohen
Kohen's ebook is a miles wanted exploration of human rights in an more and more multi-cultural global. it might be valuable in political conception classes, classes on overseas legislation, and particular themes classes relating to the ideals of Rorty and different glossy philosophers who've handled the topic. a good reference for all libraries to possess.
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And Agag came unto him in chains. ” And Samuel said: As thy sword hath made women childless, So shall thy mother be childless among women. ”37 It would be an obvious mistake, however, to conclude from these wellknown Old Testament examples that the New Testament ushered in a world ﬁlled with a much more paciﬁc and loving humanity. 38 And yet the New Testament on the whole spends markedly less time on the violence and abuse that people faced than the Old Testament – apart, of course, from the terrible violence of Jesus’ own death by cruciﬁxion – and focuses instead on the example of love, charity, and kindness that Jesus brought to humanity.
Is that the Other (the outsider, the stranger, the alien), too, no less than oneself and the members of one’s family or of one’s tribe or nation or race or religion, is a “child” of God – God the creator and sustainer of the universe, imag(in)ed, analogically, as a loving “parent” – and therefore a “sister”/“brother”71 It is in caring about other people, in treating them as brothers and sisters, that we live a truly meaningful human life. ”72 That said, it is important to note that Perry’s Nietzsche is a sort of philosophical bogeyman.
The second, however, is the path of the Overman and it winds through what Nietzsche calls a revaluation of all values. 81 To recognize that the strong individual – not the common man or God – is the creator of morality is the cornerstone of this second path. Learning that values neither arise from a universal truth nor are God-given leads to the understanding that they are created by human desires. ”82 Nietzsche, then, does not preach the destruction of all morality as Perry fears; he encourages the creation – by strong individuals – of the values that are necessary for their lives.