The Question of Value: An Approach to Considering Value in the Philosophy of Lavelle

12 July, 2018

In the book The Question of Value: An Approach to Considering Value in the Philosophy of Lavelle (368 pages) the Algerian researcher Hisham bin Jiddo reaffirms the urgent Arab need to consider the various ethical projects that have been laid out by Westerners, both in content and method. To do so will deepen Arab awareness, and help cast out the cultural narcissism and self-satisfaction stymying the dynamism of the Arab mind and its integration into the global cultural and civilizational movement.

The book begins by introducing the Arab reader to the works of Louis Lavelle and the question of value, before providing a historical context for the question of value. The author finds genealogical focus driven by the perception that the philosophical idea, at its origin, does not emerge from a vacuum. He goes on to look at the principles of value judgement and the discrepancy between objectivity and subjectivity.  Bin Jiddo then studies Lavelle's philosophy of presence and participation before concluding with a chapter to evaluate the most important findings of his study, summarizing Lavelle's most salient research issues and how these were addressed. He draws attention to the need for deeper study into Lavelle's project and in that context it is thus possible to crystallize the value alternatives that may contribute to a critique of scientism culture and could enshrine a culture of communication and common human values.

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