The Rational Human Condition, Volumes 1–5.

By Robert Hanna

Robert Hanna’s THE RATIONAL HUMAN CONDITION is a five-volume book series, including:

The fifth volume in the series, Cognition, Content, and the A Priori, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

So, with the present publication of the first four volumes in the series by Nova Science in 2018, all five volumes of THE RATIONAL HUMAN CONDITION are now available in hard-copy and as e-books.

All five books share a common aim, which is to work out a true general theory of human rationality in a thoroughly nonideal natural and social world.

This philosophical enterprise is what Hanna calls rational anthropology.

In the eleventh and most famous of his Theses on Feuerbach, Karl Marx wrote that “philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways; the point is to change it.”

Hanna completely agrees with Marx that the ultimate aim of philosophy is to change the world, not merely interpret it.

So, Marx and Hanna are both philosophical liberationists: that is, they both believe that philosophy should have radical political implications.

But, beyond Marx, Hanna also thinks that the primary aim of philosophy (understood as rational anthropology) and its practices of critical, synoptic reflection, writing, teaching, and public conversation, is to change our lives for the better — and ultimately, for the sake of the highest good.

Then, and only then, can we act on the world in the right way.

All five volumes of THE RATIONAL HUMAN CONDITION will therefore appeal not only to philosophers, but also to any other philosophically-minded person interested in the intellectual and practical adventure of critical, synoptic, reflective thinking about the nature of our rational, but still ineluctably “human, all-too-human” lives.


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