Commitment

Commitment

eBook - 2011
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Most of us care about certain people and things, and some of these concerns become personal commitments, involving our values, our relationships, our work and our religious or political stances. But what is commitement, and why should it matter? Is social commitment - for example, to the family - being eroded by individualism or ironic detachment? And how should we deal with the potential tension between devotion to a life-stance, and the doubts prompted by pursuit of rational integrity?

In this work, Piers Benn delves into the relationship between commitment and meaningful life, and asks whether commitment must be based on truth to provide such meaning. He also explores obstacles to commitment such as boredom, sloth and indifference. Drawing on his own experience of dithering and procrastination, he suggests that a sceptical, cautious attitude to important matters can be both a virtue and a real obstacle to human fulfillment.


Most of us care about certain people and things, and some of these concerns become personal commitments, involving our values, our relationships, our work and our religious or political stances. But what is commitement, and why should it matter? Is social commitment - for example, to the family - being eroded by individualism or ironic detachment? And how should we deal with the potential tension between devotion to a life-stance, and the doubts prompted by pursuit of rational integrity? In this work, Piers Benn delves into the relationship between commitment and meaningful life, and asks whether commitment must be based on truth to provide such meaning. He also explores obstacles to commitment such as boredom, sloth and indifference. Drawing on his own experience of dithering and procrastination, he suggests that a sceptical, cautious attitude to important matters can be both a virtue and a real obstacle to human fulfillment.

McGill Queens Univ Pr
Much recent social commentary has argued that the modern Western
world is suffering a crisis of commitment. Community values have given way to pick-and-mix individualistic values, the idea of a common good has been replaced with the rootless goals of individuals and corporate entities,
marriage has been superseded by ?partnerhood," and commitment to a
career has been undermined by the disappearance of the job for life. Piers Benn explores whether there really is a crisis of commitment and explores the nature of commitment and whether it should matter. He considers the relationship between commitment and meaningful life and asks whether commitment must be based on truth to provide such meaning. Arguing that commitment is an important ingredient of happiness and must be reached by the rigorous exercise of our moral and rational capacities, Benn shows that achieving such commitment may be difficult.


Blackwell UK
What does it mean when you say you are "committed" to something, whether it's to a partner, a vocation, a political belief or a religion? On what basis do we make commitments? Do they matter? Or are we better off avoiding them?

Drawing on his own struggles with commitment, the philosopher Piers Benn explores the notion of commitment and tries to unpick what it is and why it might be valuable to a life lived well. He focuses on the commitments we have to one another - contractual, erotic, parental - the commitments we have with respect to work and vocation, and those we have to political and religious creeds or ways of life. He explores the many obstacles to commitment, in particular boredom and acedia - the failure to take an interest in the world, or to care about anything much.

Although Benn shows commitment to be a central ingredient in the meaning of life, he suggests it is better to risk a sense of lack of meaning and some unhappiness than to make false or frivolous commitments. The tension between the urge to commit and grounds for resisting is a theme running throughout the book.

As community values and the idea of a common good have been replaced with the rootless goals of individuals and corporate entities, marriage has been superseded by "partnerhood", and commitment to a career has been undermined by the disappearance of the job for life, are we in an age, as some social commentators have claimed, where there is a crisis of commitment? Piers Benn brings a much-needed clarity to the subject and offers some welcome advice to all those who have wrestled with the failure, falsehood or futility of their commitments.

Publisher: Durham : Acumen Pub., 2011
ISBN: 9781844654710
1844654710
9781317488279
131748827X
9781844650118
9781844652310
9781844653577
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 156 pages)

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