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Company’s Ethics is a book that introduces the reader to the ethics applied to the business world in today’s society. The author argues that ethics, business and life are intermingled in the daily business of a company’s worker. Ethics in general has to do with people, but a company can also freely decide how to put it into practice through certain values expressed in their culture. A company is society and the ethics it reverberates in society. The reader will find in this essay both questions for reflection and ideas for action.
In a clear, enjoyable and documented way, the author addresses a number of issues: after a brief introduction to ethics and business ethics, he addresses the issue of values, corruption, business codes, ethical references, reputation and image of the companies and draws some notes about them in the society of the future.
Carlos María Moreno is PhD in Philosophy and Diploma in Theology. Since 1991, he has been a full professor of the Faculty of Psychology, Sciences of Education and Sports of Blanquerna (Universitat Ramon Llull). He taught at the University of Örebro and in Coimbra, and was a researcher at the Royal Complutense College of Harvard. He is currently principal investigator of the Group “Organitzation, Person and Change” and the Ethos Chair of the Ramon Llull University. He is also a collaborator of IECO (Institute of Ethics and Communication of Valencia) and member of EBEN (European Business Ethics Network) and its Spanish extension, EBEN-Spain.
Transhumanism is one of the philosophical and cultural movements that have attracted more attention in recent years. It advocates the free use of technology for the improvement of human beings, both in their physical, mental, emotional and moral capacities, transcending all their current limits. The technologies used are genetic engineering and development of intelligent machines. According to the proponents of transhumanism, with the help of these technologies we could end the suffering, with the biological limitations that produce it, and we could even beat ageing and death.
Although many transhumanists do not see it desirable to bring these improvements to a point where the improved individual no longer belongs to the human species, others, designated as posthumanists, consider that this is precisely the ultimate goal: the creation of one or more new species of ours.
This book presents the different modalities of techno-scientific transhumanism. Their arguments are discussed, seeking to elucidate their strengths and weaknesses. The promises made by proponents of transhumanism are very ambitious, and not all are justified. But on the other hand, the criticism that modifying human nature endangers the bases of moral life, dignity and human rights, contains arguable philosophical assumptions and their consequences are excessively radical. There are other approaches that allow for a more balanced evaluation, on which a greater social agreement could be built in the future.
Antonio Diéguez, PhD. is Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Malaga. Until September 2015, he presided over the Ibero-American Association of Philosophy of Biology (AIFIBI). He has been visiting Professor at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and visiting researcher at the universities of Helsinki, Harvard and Oxford. He has researched in the areas of Philosophy of Technology and Biology and, in recent years, has been interested in the subject of transhumanism. His position on this issue is critical, but he recognizes the positive effects of biotechnology and even its potential use for human improvement. He has published several books and articles on these subjects.
Nobody’s land. How to think (about) a global society [Tierra de nadie. Cómo pensar (en) la sociedad global]
This book raises a double question: How to think global society to make Earth still remains home for all. On the other hand, how to think global society; how changes in the globalized world affect and challenge to the activity of thinking. To analyze this relationship back and forth between globalization and philosophy, Antonio Campillo uses as thread the concept “Nobody´s land” in many ways and means: the land without owners, the land taken to the people, land in dispute, borders with walls; and finally the human patrimony. The author propose that the planet should be recognize as property of nobody, but patrimony of everyone. In this book, Campillo connects science, politics and ethics.
Antonio Campillo is professor of philosophy in Murcia University. Writer of several books such as: Goodbye progress. A meditation on history (1985), Dialogue Worlds (1986), The Force of Reason. War, State and military science in the Renaissance treated, from Machiavelli to Galileo (1987), Silent reason. A reading of Plotinus Enneads (1990) The invention of the subject (2001), Against the Economy. Essays on Bataille (2001) The great experiment. Essays on the global society (2001) and Variations of human life. A theory of history (2001).
Pathways of finiteness. Analogy and difference [Sendas de finitud. Analogía y diferencia].
Metaphysics only makes sense if it is aware of its finiteness and relativity. This is the premise on which Miquel Seguró starts this book, which examines the relationship between analogy and finite difference. Endorsing the burnout that transmits many of the well-known speculative stories, the author claims the analogy as the best reflection of the human condition and its impact on the management of the "big questions". The work is divided into eight chapters that dialogue with Plato, Thomas Aquinas, Suarez, Tillich and Jaspers, the aim is to get to a universal and no-confessional metaphysic (hermeneutic) open to the approach of the "last" questions.
Miquel Seguró (1979) is Doctor in Philosophy by the University Ramon Llull (Barcelona) and degree of Arts from the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). He has conducted research at the Università La Sapienza (Rome), P. Gregorian University (Rome) and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (Freiburg). Currently he is a researcher and professor at the Ethos Chair of Ramon Llull University. His main field of research is the history of contemporary philosophy, especially as it relates to issues of metaphysical foundation and its irradiation in ethics and aesthetics.
Sick of corruption [Hartos de corrupción] Sick, We are sick! Tired of so many cases of corruption; tired of the abuse of power; fed up with the enrichment of a few at the expense of the rest; sick of seeing how all this damage our democracy. Sick of corruption, collects the voice of 11 thinkers of our time who wanted to express their thoughts to make this book possible. The initiative for this project is the result of a key moment, when the outrage has given way to weariness and anger. Porque, después de años de crisis, no solamente económica, constatamos que la corrupción sigue practicándose con prepotencia y sin escrúpulos. It is our duty to appeal to human dignity and ask: What's going on? Where does the corruption come from? What to do with each of us in our daily lives? What can we do about it? The word of contemporary writers is complemented by a selection of philosophical texts of reference, which also seek answers to these questions. Because the more perspectives we have and we are more aware of human ambiguity, the more able we are to build a more just and equitable society.
The balance of the spirit. Capitalism, culture and values [El saldo del espíritu. Capitalismo, cultura, valores].
Nowadays, terms like values, culture, humanism or citizenship in our society have so much prestige, and are, sometimes, almost sacred. According to this book, the cult given to such concepts provides at least half of the materials needed for future expansion of capitalism. The other half has a pre-disciplinary aspect, but there will be complemented by a cultural ideology of the challenge, experience and transgression, and an uplifting moral rhetoric and self-satisfied. Antonio Valdecantos argues that European universities have in recent years provided an excellent laboratory for comprehensive privatization of life that seems to lead to the first crisis of capitalism of the XXI century. The teaching and research based on mobility, flexibility, innovation and dynamism have provided the model for the kindest part of future ideology while, on the other side: the model of the university as a competitive and integrated company in the market has become the essence of higher education. The book falls squarely in contemporary debates about the role of the humanities, as objectively as possible. The author asserts that the notion of culture hinders the understanding of the present and the past, and that the task of the arts, humanities and thought should rethink precisely from removing that obstacle.
Valdecantos Antonio (Madrid, 1964) is Professor of Philosophy at the Carlos III University of Madrid. He received his doctorate in 1994 with a thesis on The myth of context and was fitted in 2007 with an investigation into Moral and political embarrassment. In recent years he has had a constant criticism technocratization processes and commercialization of university knowledge.
Subjects in the Fog. Narratives on identity [Sujetos en la niebla. Narrativas sobre la identidad].
If identity were simply a metaphysical exercise it would not have the power it has shown in our recent history, where almost all conflict mutates into identity conflict. On the other hand, perhaps the permanence of certain metaphysical forms is due to the mythical and metaphorical nature of their underlying narratives, since identity has strong ties with narrative.
Sujetos en la niebla avoids being seduced by such myths. The work is the result of the author's rebellion against a time when philosophical trends concurred in rejecting any reference to the subject, as if it were an historical corpse. There is something of an account of the identity of those who experienced the dreams of modernity and post modernity, until they were awakened by scepticism. It is also an attempt to find in agency and the will what was lost by consciousness and representation.
Fernando Broncano (1954) is Professor of Philosophy of Science at Carlos III University in Madrid. His work has focused on the notion of rationality – in both its theoretical and its epistemological and practical aspects – and, in recent years, has led him to study the relationship between science, technology and culture. He is the author of several works, including Mundos artificiales [Artificial Worlds] (2000), Saber en condiciones [Knowledge in Good Conditions] (2003), Entre ingenieros y ciudadanos [Between Engineers and Citizens] (2006), La melancolía del ciborg [Cyborg Melancholy] (2009) and La estrategia del simbionte [The Symbiont's Strategy] (2012).
On Forgetting [Sobre el olvido]
A philosophical essay on the experience of forgetting. This is a far-reaching issue, prolonged over time to affect several generations, families and individuals, and each one of us in person. It is a difficult question related to pain, suffering and loss, and to the thoughts that keep us from sleeping.
In these pages, the reader is given a tour of what is strange and contradictory in the memory as it flees from itself to sink in oblivion. One day we realise that we cannot live like this and that only a boundary between a before and an after will permit a present of the now to be established. Beyond that frontier, with flight abandoned, true forgetting can be found to fulfil a real function for each individual.
Anna Pagés Santacana (Barcelona, 1965) is a Doctor of Educational Sciences from the Autonóma University of Barcelona. She is a senior lecturer in the Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology and Educational and Sports Science (FPCEE) at Ramon Llull University, and is a member of the Research Group on Social Pedagogy and New Technologies of Information and Communication (PSITIC) and of the Ramon Llull "Anthropology and Education" Chair Group. She is the author of numerous articles on philosophical hermeneutics and cultural transmission and of the work, Al filo del pasado [On the Past's Edge] (2006).
A Being of Mediations. An Anthropology of Communication, vol. I [Un ser de mediaciones. Antropología de la comunicación vol. I ]
From the invention of writing to digital devices – by way of papyrus, parchment, print and the press, photography and film, television and radio – the media have moulded history. However, such extensions of the senses, inherent in the process of civilization, are themselves an expression of a finite and ambiguous being to whom immediacy is forbidden: a being of mediations – natural and cultural at the same time – who becomes human through them.
Taking a comprehensive view that avoids the fragmentation now prevalent in the social and human sciences, Lluís Duch and Albert Chillón establish an anthropology of, and for, communication, which will prove enlightening for communication theorists, journalists and communicators. Conversely, they also call the attention of social scientists and humanists to the major role played by communication in all strata of life and history.
Lluís Duch, an anthropologist, theologian and monk of Montserrat Monastery, is an unusually original and profound freethinker, whose work combines heterodoxy and rigour. The author of Religión y mundo moderno [Religion and the Modern World] (1995), Mito, interpretación y cultura [Myth, Interpretation and Culture] (1998) and Antropología de la vida cotidiana [Anthropology of Daily Life] (1999-2004) – among many other texts making up his singular philosophy of culture –, Duch writes for the media, including the El País and La Vanguardia newspapers, and is considered one of the most important voices in the Spanish-speaking world. In April 2011, he was awarded the Sant Jordi Cross, the highest distinction conferred by the Government of Catalonia.
Albert Chillón teaches communication theory at the Autónoma University of Barcelona (UAB) and is a renowned scholar of relationships between literature, journalism and communication. His works include the novel El horizonte ayer [Yesterday's Horizon] (2009) and the essay Literatura y periodismo. Una tradición de relaciones promiscuas [Literature and journalism. A Tradition of Promiscuous Relationships] (1999). He is also the author of La condición ambigua. Diálogos con Lluís Duch [The Ambiguous Condition. Dialogues with Lluís Duch] (2011), is a regular contributor to the La Vanguardia and El País newspapers, and is director of the UAB's Masters programme in Communication, Journalism and Humanities.
Philosophy of Finitude [Filosofía de la finitud]
Finitude is not death but life. If we are finite, it is because we live in a state of constant farewell, and cannot control out desires, memories and forgetfulness, because ours is a world that never belongs to us fully, nor will it ever be wholly cosmic, ordered or paradisal. We are the result of chance and contingency and have no resort but to choose in the midst of terrible and painful uncertainty. A finite life cannot escape the threat of chaos, nor will it be able to enter the gates of heaven. Being finite means that we cannot create our existence at will, because – like it or not – we receive an inheritance that obliges us to reposition ourselves constantly.
This work sets out some of anthropological scenes that make up our daily lives: experience, forgetfulness, evil, desire, pleasure, silence, etc. The philosophy outlined here tries to show the fragility and vulnerability of life, and to think about ethics and education from this perspective. We are presented with the fragmentary account of a journey on paths for which we have no compass or map.
Joan-Carles Mèlich (Barcelona, 1961) teaches Philosophy of Education at the Autónoma University of Barcelona. He was a researcher for the "Philosophy after the Holocaust" project of the Spanish National Research Council (Madrid). He is the author of many essays.
Persons of the verb (philosophical) [Las personas del verbo (filosófico)]
What do we mean by the persons of the verb? It might be thought, initially, that they are only places of enunciation, positions of discourse that allow us to speak. However, it seems clear that their essence is not limited to such mere facilitation. They are not, therefore, mere pronouns. What else are they? Put briefly, they are the refuge found in different views of the world.
Being fully aware that to think is always to think in some place, the persons of the verb referred to here are different perspectives of reality. It is a question of showing how the world is seen – the ordinary world, the shared world, the world of everyone – from each of these places.
Manuel Cruz (Barcelona) is Professor of Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Barcelona and director of the collection Pensamiento Herder [Herder's Thought]. Author of some twenty books and editor of over a dozen volumes of collections, he is a regular contributor to the Spanish and Argentinian press and the SER radio station.
Governing Emotions [El gobierno de las emociones] (2012 Spanish National Essay Prize) What is the role of shame, fear, compassion, confidence and self-esteem in forming the moral personality? Are we governed by emotions? Are they positive in political discourse? Would be a sovereignty of sentiment be ethical? Victoria Camps conducts a study of the emotions to show us that affections are not contrary to rationality. On the contrary, only they can be used to explain the motivation to act rationally. Only knowledge that harmonises reason and sentiment can incite people to assume moral responsibilities. Victoria Camps is Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the Autónoma University of Barcelona. She has been an independent senator for the Socialist Party, a member of the Audiovisual Council of Catalonia and, from 2008 to 2012, Chair of the Spanish Bioethics Committee. She has written several books, including Virtudes públicas [Public Virtues], Paradojas del individualismo [Paradoxes of Individualism], El siglo de las mujeres [Women's Century], La voluntad de vivir [The Will to Live], Creer en la educación [Believe in Education] and El declive de la ciudadanía [The Decline of Citizenship].