Ambition, A History: From Vice to Virtue by William Casey King

By William Casey King

From rags to riches, log apartment to White apartment, enslaved to liberator, ghetto to CEO, ambition fuels the yank Dream. american citizens are pushed via ambition. but on the time of the nation's founding, ambition used to be seen as a deadly vice, every little thing from "a canker at the soul" to the impetus for unique sin. This enticing e-book explores ambition's striking transformation, tracing attitudes from classical antiquity to early sleek Europe to the recent global and America's founding. From this wide ancient point of view, William Casey King deepens our figuring out of the yank mythos and gives a extraordinary reinterpretation of the advent to the assertion of Independence.

Through an cutting edge array of assets and authors—Aquinas, Dante, Machiavelli, the Geneva Bible, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, and plenty of others—King demonstrates reworked view of ambition turned attainable the instant Europe discovered that Columbus had came upon now not a brand new course yet a brand new global. moreover the writer argues that reconstituting ambition as a advantage used to be an important precondition of the yank republic. The ebook means that even within the twenty-first century, ambition hasn't ever absolutely misplaced its ties to vice and keeps to show a twin nature, confident or unfavorable based upon the ends, the capacity, and the person concerned.

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Each of these views remains part of the deep archeology of ethical understanding today, provides something useful, but is at the same time finally insufficient. On top of this archeology, we must also consider new ideas about the being of childhood that have arisen more recently. Some of these come from observations in the human sciences about children’s experiences. For example, as sociologists and anthropologists have shown, children have wider capabilities for social agency and voice than history has generally assumed.

Rather, even at early ages, they are aware of the fact that they are dying and, furthermore, take an active responsibility for the impact of their dying on others, such as parents and medical staff. ”3 Other children collude in parents’ and providers’ silence about their prognosis being terminal. ”4 38 Theory This notion of children’s fundamental moral agency adds something new to the understanding of children’s human being that has never fully been articulated before in Western history. It essentially presses a tradition of bottom-up thinking to a more complex conclusion.

Being-in-the-world is from the very beginning both passively constructed by others and societies and actively constructed by a self. The world has already imposed on each of us a fortune, fate, language, historicity, biology, gender, relations, politics, and much else. No one chooses the world that they are born and socialized into, however oppressive or supportive that world may be. At the same time, however, the world does not reduce anyone to its purely passive victim. As the phenomenologist Paul Ricoeur has put it: “Freedom is not a pure act, it is, in each of its moments, activity and receptivity.

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