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William Hamrick '66 Examines Kindness and the Good Society: Connections of the Heart

February 8, 2002

99760February 8, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. — William S. Hamrick, professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University and 1966 graduate of DePauw University, has authored Kindness and the Good Society: Connections of the Heart. Published by State University of New York Press, the book "utilizes phenomenology and a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional sources to provide the first comprehensive account of kindness in any genre of philosophy," according to a synopsis.

The publisher adds, "Remarkably rich in descriptive detail and drawing upon a wide range of examples, including literary sources, current affairs, and traditional philosophical texts, Hamrick's book rescues kindness from the purposeful neglect of deontological and utilitarian ethical theories. Beginning with an account of the personal and social areas of ethical and moral comportment, Hamrick addresses what is not intuitively obvious about kindness and its opposite, details a critical kindness that avoids both naiveté as well as popular cynicism, and guides us toward a new notion of aesthetic humanism."

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