Why Things Matter To People : Social Science, Values and Ethical Life (Hardcover) - Sayer, Andrew

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Andrew Sayer undertakes a fundamental critique of social sciences difficulties in acknowledging that peoples relation to the world is one of concern. As sentient beings, capable of flourishing and suffering, and particularly vulnerable to how others treat us, our view of the world is substantially evaluative. Yet modernist ways of thinking encourage the common but extraordinary belief that values are beyond reason, and merely subjective or matters of convention, with little or nothing to do with the kind of beings people are, the quality of their social relations, their material circumstances or well-being. The author shows how social theory and philosophy need to change to reflect the complexity of everyday ethical concerns and the importance people attach to dignity. He argues for a robustly critical social science that explains and evaluates social life from the standpoint of human flourishing -- *Author: Sayer, Andrew *Subtitle: Social Science, Values and Ethical Life *Publication Date: 2011/03/07 *Number of Pages: 284 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9781107001145
SKU 217467763
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1107001145
Release Date 1/1/2011
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 0.75T
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Editors Note "Andrew Sayer undertakes a fundamental critique of social science's difficulties in acknowledging that people's relation to the world is one of concern. As sentient beings, capable of flourishing and suffering, and particularly vulnerable to how others treat us, our view of the world is substantially evaluative. Yet modernist ways of thinking encourage the common but extraordinary belief that values are beyond reason, and merely subjective or matters of convention, with little or nothing to do with the kind of beings people are, the quality of their social relations, their material circumstances or well-being. The author shows how social theory and philosophy need to change to reflect the complexity of everyday ethical concerns and the importance people attach to dignity. He argues for a robustly critical social science that explains and evaluates social life from the standpoint of human flourishing"--
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