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Silber, John 1926-2012

Overview
Works: 69 works in 149 publications in 4 languages and 4,831 library holdings
Genres: Nonfiction television programs  Television specials  Television talk shows  History  Biography  Abstracts  Television interviews  Interviews  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Dedicatee
Classifications: B2791.E5, 193
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Most widely held works by John Silber
Religion within the limits of reason alone by Immanuel Kant( Book )

11 editions published between 1960 and 2008 in English and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: A Monumental Figure of Western Thought Wrestles with the Question of God. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one of the most influential philosophers in the history of Western philosophy. His contributions have had a profound impact on almost every philosophical movement that followed him. Kant's teachings on religion were unorthodox in that they were based on rationality rather than revelation. Though logically proving God's existence might be impossible, it is morally reasonable to "act as if there be a God." His strictly rational approach was considered so scandalous that the King of Prussia forbid him to teach or write further on religious subjects, which Kant obeyed until the king's death. A work of major importance in the history of Western religious thought, Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone represents a great philosopher's attempt to spell out the form and content of a type of religion grounded in moral reason and meeting the needs of an ethical life
Kant's ethics : the good, freedom, and the will by John Silber( )

18 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kant is commonly regarded as a deontologist, and duty, rather than the good, is placed at the center of his ethics. By a comprehensive examination of Kant's views of the good, freedom and the will, this book aims to dispel this common misconception of Kant's ethics and to replace it with a richer understanding that gives proper emphasis to the central importance of the good, restoring the balanced relationship Kant intended between duty and the good. The Enlightenment, by undermining the religious foundations of morality, prompted Kant to offer a new foundation for ethics based not on religion but on reason. This book is highly relevant to the contemporary discussion of Kant. Its emphasis on the importance of the concept of the good in Kant's ethics represents an important alternative to most interpretations advanced today
Straight shooting : what's wrong with America and how to fix it by John Silber( Book )

17 editions published between 1974 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents the ideas of the president of Boston University on how America can change course and restore traditional democratic values. The primary threat to American freedom comes not from foreign nations but from societal and individual attitudes of self indulgence, extravagance, and a declinging educational system. A return to traditional morality, a willingness to accept responsibility for our acts, and the immediate reform of the public schools is encouraged. The 17 chapters are organized into 3 sections concerned with first principles, the school, and society, respectively. Sample chapters have the following titles: "The Gods of the Copybook Headings, ""Teachers in a Troubled Society, ""Education and Democracy in the Age of Television, ""Academic Freedom and Civilization, ""Poisoning the Wells of Academe, ""Tenure in Context, ""The 'Private' Sector and the Public Interest, ""Paying the Bill for College, ""The Pursuit of Fairness, ""America and the Underclass--A House Divided, ""The Litigious Society, ""The Kennedy Doctrine--Principles for a Settlement in Central America" and "The Illusion of Peace". (Sm)
Natural law : the scientific ways of treating natural law, its place in moral philosophy, and its relation to the positive sciences of law by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel( )

7 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the central problems in the history of moral and political philosophy since antiquity has been to explain how human society and its civil institutions came into being. In attempting to solve this problem philosophers developed the idea of natural law, which for many centuries was used to describe the system of fundamental, rational principles presumed universally to govern human behavior in society. By the eighteenth century the doctrine of natural law had engendered the related doctrine of natural rights, which gained reinforcement most famously in the American and French revolutions. According to this view, human society arose through the association of individuals who might have chosen to live alone in scattered isolation and who, in coming together, were regarded as entering into a social contract. In this important early essay, first published in English in this definitive translation in 1975 and now returned to print, Hegel utterly rejects the notion that society is purposely formed by voluntary association. Indeed, he goes further than this, asserting in effect that the laws brought about in various countries in response to force, accident, and deliberation are far more fundamental than any law of nature supposed to be valid always and everywhere. In expounding his view Hegel not only dispenses with the empiricist explanations of Hobbes, Hume, and others but also, at the heart of this work, offers an extended critique of the so-called formalist positions of Kant and Fichte
Architecture of the absurd : how "genius" disfigured a practical art by John Silber( Book )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Have you ever wondered why the Guggenheim is always covered in scaffolding? Why the slashes on the exterior of Libeskind's Jewish Museum, supposed to represent Jewish life in prewar Berlin, reappear, for no reason, on his Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto? Or why Gehry's design for an MIT lab for sensitive research has glass walls? Not to mention why, for $44.2 per square foot, it doesn't keep out the rain? You're not alone." "In Architecture of the Absurd, John Silber dares to peek behind the curtain of "genius" architects and expose their willful disdain for their clients, their budgets, and the people who live or work inside their creations."
The past, present, and future of American higher education by Henry Steele Commager( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeking the North Star : selected speeches by John Silber( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Democracy : its counterfeits and its promise by John Silber( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Issue is race( Visual )

2 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program combines a panel discussion and town hall format with documentary video segments to promote the discussion of racial problems and policy choices that face the nation and its readers. The discussion focuses on whether race relations have improved or degenerated in the past 25 years and questions what can be done
Higher education in America : its problems and its promise by John Silber( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Education at the antipodes : problems of the American university by John Silber( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drinking the sun of Corinth and reading the marbles [the Rouman lecture 1998]( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architetture dell'assurdo : come il "genio" ha tradito un'arte al servizio della comunità by John Silber( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Italian and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chelsea takeover : guest: John Silber, president Boston University by American Federation of Teachers( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stamberg discusses with John Silber, president of Boston University, the Boston University plan to run the Chelsea, Mass., school system. Is the plan a positive one for Chelsea students and the community or a threat to grassroots democracy and the first step in privatizing education?
Albert Victor Danielsen : a portrait( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two views on collective bargaining : a presentation to the SREB Legislative Work Conference( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masks and fig leaves by John Silber( Recording )

4 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Silber leads a discussion group, and challenges the validity of encounter groups
Fujōri na kenchiku : tensai wa ikani purakutikaru āto o yugamete kitaka by John Silber( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The library and the College of Arts and Sciences; an evaluative report submitted to John R. Silber by University of Texas at Austin( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drinking the sun of Corinth and reading the marbles : [the Rouman lecture 1998] by John Silber( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
John Silber Amerikaans auteur (1926-2012)

John Silber President of Boston University

John Silber US-amerikanischer Philosoph, Hochschullehrer und Universitätspräsident

Silber, John, 1926-

Silber, John R.

Silber, John R. 1926-2012

Silber, John Robert.

Silber, John Robert‏ 1926-2012

ジョン・シルバー

シルバー, ジョン

約翰·西爾伯

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