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Kraut, Richard 1944-

Works: 46 works in 271 publications in 4 languages and 12,110 library holdings
Genres: History  Periodicals  Essays  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Translator
Classifications: JC71.A41, 320.011
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Most widely held works about Richard Kraut
Most widely held works by Richard Kraut
What is good and why : the ethics of well-being by Richard Kraut( )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 2,649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is good? How can we know, and how important is it? In this book Richard Kraut, one of our most respected analytical philosophers, reorients these questions around the notion of what causes human beings to flourish--that is, what is good for us. Observing that we can sensibly talk about what is good for plants and animals no less than what is good for people, Kraut advocates a general principle that applies to the entire world of living things: what is good for complex organisms consists in the maturation and exercise of their natural powers. Drawing on the insights of ancient Greek philosophy, Kraut develops this thought into a good-centered moral philosophy, an "ethics of well-being" that requires all of our efforts to do some good. Even what is good of a kind--good poems no less than good people--must be good for someone. Pleasure plays a key role in this idea of flourishing life, but Kraut opposes the current philosophical orthodoxy of well-being, which views a person's welfare as a construct of rational desires or plans, actual or ideal. The practical upshot of Kraut's theory is that many common human pursuits--for riches, fame, domination--are in themselves worthless, while some of the familiar virtues--justice, honesty, and autonomy--are good for every human being
The Cambridge companion to Plato by Richard Kraut( Book )

61 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 1,821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourteen specially-commissioned essays discuss Plato's views about knowledge, reality, mathematics, politics, ethics, love, poetry, and religion
Politics by Aristotle( )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 1,158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Socrates and the state by Richard Kraut( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's Republic : critical essays by Richard Kraut( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing between two covers the most influential and accessible articles on Plato's Republic, this collection illuminates what is widely held to be the most important work of Western philosophy and political theory. It will be valuable not only to philosophers, but to political theorists, historians, classicists, literary scholars, and interested general readers
Aristotle's Politics : critical essays by Richard Kraut( )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle's Politics is widely recognized as one of the classics of the history of political philosophy, and like every other such masterpiece, it is a work about which there is deep division. Many readers of Aristotle are uncertain whether his Politics has any contribution to make to contemporary debates about political life and political theory. The essays in this volume sharpen this issue by addressing, implicitly or explicitly, this very question about the relevance of Aristotle's thinking in contemporary political philosophy. Written by leading scholars in lucid and accessible style, the ten essays in this volume will prove to be a critical resource for newcomers to Aristotle."--Jacket
Aristotle on the human good by Richard Kraut( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book also emphasizes the philosopher's hierarchy of natural kinds, in which every type of creature achieves its good by imitating divine life. As Kraut argues, Aristotle's belief that thinking is the sole activity of the gods leads him to an intellectualist conception of the ethical virtues. Aristotle values these traits because, by subordinating emotion to reason, they enhance our ability to lead a life devoted to philosophy or politics
The Blackwell guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics by Richard Kraut( Book )

24 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of sixteen essays on one of the most widely studied texts in the history of ethics. This book discusses the human good, the general nature of virtue, the distinctive characteristics of particular virtues, voluntariness, self-control, and pleasure. It illuminates Aristotle's ethics for both scholars and students new to the work
Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito by Rachana Kamtekar( )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's Euthyrphro, Apology, andCrito portray Socrates' words and deeds during his trial for disbelieving in the Gods of Athens and corrupting the Athenian youth, and constitute a defense of the man Socrates and of his way of life, the philosophic life. The twelve essays in the volume, written by leading classical philosophers, investigate various aspects of these works of Plato, including the significance of Plato's characters, Socrates's revolutionary religious ideas, and the relationship between historical events and Plato's texts
Aristotle : political philosophy by Richard Kraut( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a wide-ranging overview of Aristotle's political thought that makes him come alive as a philosopher who can speak to our own times. Beginning with a critique of subjectivist accounts of well-being, Kraut goes on to assess Aristotle's objective and universalistic account of eudaimonia and excellent activity. He offers a detailed interpretation of Aristotle's conception of justice in the Nicomachean Ethics, and then turns to the major themes of the Politics: the political nature of human beings, the city's priority over the individual, the justification of slavery, the defence of the family and property, the pluralistic nature of cities and the need for their unification, the distinction between good citizenship and full virtue, the value and limits of popular control over elites, the corrosive effects of poverty and wealth, the critique of democratic conceptions of freedom and equality, and the radically egalitarian institutions of the ideal society. Aristotle's political philosophy, as Kraut reads it, provides a model of the way in which a rich understanding of human well-being can guide the amelioration of a world in which agreement about the human good is rarely, if ever, achieved
Against absolute goodness by Richard Kraut( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Kraut argues that goodness is not a reason-giving property--in fact, there may be no such thing
Nature, knowledge and virtue : essays in memory of Joan Kung( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato by Richard Kraut( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

QUALITY OF LIFE : aristotle revised by Richard Kraut( )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Kraut presents a new theory of human well-being. Kraut's principal idea, Aristotelian in spirit, is that 'external goods' have at most an indirect bearing on the quality of our lives. A good internal life - one with quality emotional, intellectual, social, and perceptual experiences - is what well-being consists in
The politics by Aristotle( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new translation of one of the fundamental texts of Western political thought combines strict fidelity to Aristotle's Greek with a contemporary English prose style. Lord's intention throughout is to retain Aristotle's distinctive style. The accompanying notes provide literary and historical references, call attention to textual problems, and supply other essential information and interpretation. A glossary supplies working definitions of key terms in Aristotle's philosophical-political vocabulary as well as a guide to linguistic relationships that are not always reflected in equivalent English terms. Lord's extensive introduction presents a detailed account of Aristotle's life in relation to the political situation and events of his time and then discusses the problematic character and history of Aristotle's writings in general and of the Politics in particular. Lord also outlines Aristotle's conception of political science, tracing its relation to theoretical science on the one hand and to ethics on the other. In conclusion, he briefly traces the subsequent history and influence of the Politics up to modern times."--Publisher's description
Aristotle Politics : books VII and VIII by Richard Kraut( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to read Plato by Richard Kraut( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The unexamined life is not worth living'. Plato is the foundational thinker of European speculative thought. He was the first Western writer to undertake a comprehensive and rigorous study of the fundamental categories of reality and value, and few philosophers have escaped his influence or rivaled the depth of his works, many of which have remarkable dramatic power and literary beauty. His writings range over ethics, politics, religion, art, the structure of the natural world, mathematics, the human mind, love, sex, and friendship. Richard Kraut explores the intellectual milieu that gave rise to Plato's thinking and emphasizes the influence of Socrates, whose devotion to the examined life and death at the hands of Athenian democracy are memorialized in many of Plato's writings. The full extent of his moral and political thought and its metaphysical underpinning are investigated. Kraut argues that Plato's theory of forms is grounded in common sense, and that his critique of democracy and search for a rational religion continue to be of vital importance
Politica by Aristotle( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Italian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristóteles : a ética à Nicômaco by Richard Kraut( )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in Portuguese and English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apeiron : a journal for ancient philosophy and science( )

in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and classical studies
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The Cambridge companion to Plato
The Cambridge companion to PlatoPoliticsSocrates and the statePlato's Republic : critical essaysAristotle's Politics : critical essaysAristotle on the human goodThe Blackwell guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean ethicsAristotle : political philosophy
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Kraut, R. 1944-

Kraut, Richard

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