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A Thematic Compilation

The Thematic Compilations are collections of essays on a specified topic drawn from Avi Sion’s past works.

Ethics

Ethics is a collection of thoughts on the method, form and content of Ethics. This book is a thematic compilation drawn from past works by the author, over a period of thirteen years. The essays are placed in chronological order.

Chapter One – On the Concept of Mitzvah

Drawn from Judaic Logic (1995), chapter 13.

1. Basic Properties

2. Complementary Factors

3. How to Count Mitzvot

4. Commanded vs. Personal Morality

Chapter Two Karmic law

Drawn from Buddhist Illogic 2002), chapter 9.

1. Karmic Law Denied

2. Empirical Observations

3. Inductive Conclusions

Chapter Three

Drawn from Phenomenology (2003), chapter 9 (section 4) and appendix 2.

1. Harmonizing Justice and Mercy

2. Feelings of Emptiness

Chapter Four – Further Analysis of Volition

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 3.

1. Knowledge of Volition

2. Freedom of the Will

3. Decision and Choice

4. Goals and Means

Chapter Five – Consciousness and Responsibility

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 4.

1. The Consciousness in Volition

2. The Factors of Responsibility

3. Judging, and Misjudging, People

Chapter Six – Influence and Freedom

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 5.

1. Influence Occurs via Consciousness

2. Knowledge of Effort, Influence and Freedom

3. Formal Analysis of Influence

4. Incitement

Chapter Seven – Further Analysis of Influence

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 6.

1. Some Features of Influence

2. Processes of Influence

3. Instincts in Relation to Freewill

4. Liberation from Unwanted Influences

5. Propositions about the Future

Chapter Eight

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 8 (sections 2 & 3).

1. Volition and Biology

2. Therapeutic Psychology

Chapter Nine – Will, Velleity and Whim

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 9.

1. Cognition, Volition and Valuation

2. Velleity

3. Whim

4. Inner Divisions

Chapter Ten – Affections and Appetites

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 10.

1. Valuation

2. The Main Valuations

3. Ethology

Chapter Eleven – Complications of Influence

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 11.

1. Habits

2. Obsessions and Compulsions

3. The Ego Abhors a Vacuum

Chapter Twelve – Urges and Impulses

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 12.

1. Physical Urges and Impulses

2. Mental Urges and Impulses

3. Formal Analysis of Physical and Mental Urges

4. Are There Drives Within the Soul?

5. Formal Analysis of Spiritual Urges

Chapter Thirteen – The Quasi-Purposive in Nature

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 13.

1. Purposiveness

2. Organic Functions

3. The Continuity of Life

Chapter Fourteen – More about Evolution

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 15 (sections 1 & 2).

1. Social Darwinism

2. Spiritual Darwinism

Chapter Fifteen – Some Topics in Deontology

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 17.

1. Founding Ethics

2. Ethics Concerns the Living, Thinking, Willing

3. Conscience and Conformism

4. Tai Chi, Karma Yoga and Faith

Chapter Sixteen – More Topics in Deontology

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 18.

1. Inducing Ethics

2. Ethical Formulas

3. Philosophy of Law

Chapter Seventeen

Drawn from Ruminations (2005), chapter 8 (sections 8 & 9).

1. Against Kant on Freewill

2. Alleged Influences

Chapter Eighteen

Drawn from Meditations (2006), chapter 3 & chapter 8.

1. The Goals of Meditation

2. The Individual Self in Monism

Chapter Nineteen

Drawn from Meditations (2006), chapter 12, chapter 13 & chapter 14.

1. Distinguishing the Ego

2. Dismissing the Ego

3. Relief from Suffering

Chapter Twenty

Drawn from Meditations (2006), chapter 15 & chapter 16.

1. Taking Up the Challenge

2. Face Facts with Equanimity

Chapter Twenty-One

Drawn from Meditations (2006), chapter 17, chapter 18 & chapter 19.

1. Stop Substance Addictions

2. Don’t Stuff Yourself Silly

3. Limit Input from the Media

Chapter Twenty-Two

Drawn from Meditations (2006), chapter 20, chapter 21 & chapter 22.

1. Forget Your Face

2. Give Up Sensuality

2. On “Sexual Liberation”

Chapter Twenty-Three – Practice non-attachment

Drawn from Meditations (2006), chapter 23.

1. Attachment

2. Non-attachment

3. Wise Moderation

Chapter Twenty-Four

Drawn from Logical and Spiritual Reflections (2008), Hume’s Problems with Induction, chapter 6 & chapter 7 and addendum 2.

1. Freewill

2. The Is-Ought Dichotomy

3. The Standards of Ethics

Chapter Twenty-Five

Drawn from Logical and Spiritual Reflections (2008), In Defense of Aristotle’s Laws of Thought, chapter 20 & chapter 21.

1. The Laws of Thought in Meditation

2. Reason and Spirituality

Chapter Twenty-Six

Drawn from Logical and Spiritual Reflections (2008), More Meditations, chapter 6 & chapter 9.

1. Mental Health

2. Transcending Suffering and Karma

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Drawn from Logical and Spiritual Reflections (2008), Zen Judaism, chapter 8, chapter 9 & chapter 10.

1. Enlightenment Without Idolatry

2. Good People

3. A World of Mercy

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Drawn from Logical and Spiritual Reflections (2008), Zen Judaism, chapter 11, chapter 12 & chapter 13.

1. Understanding Injustice

2. Forgiveness

3. Actions and Reactions