BE STILL AND KNOW LIFE-VALUE ONTO-AXIOLOGY – A collection of essays by Prof. John McMurtry |

John McMurtry is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada. Most recently, he has focused his research on the value structure of economic theory and its consequences for global civil and environmental life. McMurtry’s principal research project in Philosophy spanning over seven years has followed from the invitation by the Secretariat of UNESCO/EOLSS (Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Paris-Oxford) to construct, author and edit Philosophy and World Problems as a multi-volume study of world philosophy.

Three sub-volumes entitled Western Philosophy and the Life-Ground, Modes of Reason, and Philosophy, Human Nature and Society have been written with internationally distinguished philosophers contributing to five topic areas in each of these general fields. The central title study by McMurtry, entitled, “What is Good, What is Bad? The Value of All Values Across Time, Place and Theories”, is an encompassing in-depth critical study of known world philosophies and fields to explain the inner logic of each canon and school in relationship to world problems across languages and eras including the method of life value onto-axiology which is deployed to excavate, explain and resolve life-blind presuppositions of the world’s major thought-systems from the ancients East and West to modern and contemporary philosophy. McMurtry was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) in June 2001 for his outstanding contributions to the study of humanities.

Table of Contents


  1. Bernays, Edward W. (1933), Propaganda, New York: Liverright.
  2. Chossudovsky, Michel (2003), The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order, Picourt, PQ: Global research
  3. Cohen, G.A. (2008), Rescuing Justice and Equality, Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press.
  4. Edgeworth, Frances (1881[1932]). Mathematical Psychics, London: London School of Economics.
  5. Glasbeek, Harry (2002), Wealth By Stealth: Corporate Crime, Corporate Law and the Perversion of Democracy, Toronto: Between the Lines Press
  6. Higham, Charles (1983), Trading with the Enemy: An Expose of the Nazi-American Money Plot 1933-1949, New York: Dell Publishing Co.
  7. Hodgson, Bernard (2001), Economics as Moral Science, Heidelberg: Springer Press.
  8. International Forum on Globalization (IFG) (1998). The Siena Declaration On the Crisis of Economic Globalization, Siena, Italy.
  9. Lane, R.E. (2000), The loss of happiness in market democracies, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  10. Locke, John (1690/1950), The Second Treatise on Government, New York: Liberal Arts Press.
  11. Manno, J.P. (2000), Privileged Goods: Commoditization and Its Impact on Environment and Society, London: Lewis Publishers.
  12. Marx, Karl and Engels, F. (1975- ), Collected Works of Marx and Engels, 44 vols. (Eds. R. Dixon et al). New York: International Publishers.
  13. McMurtry, J. (1979-80), The Case for Children’s Liberation”, Interchange 10:3, with Critical Response by and Reply to Ian Winchester.
  14. McMurtry, J. (1984), “Fascism and Neo-Conservatism: Is There a Difference?”, Praxis International 4:1, 86-102.
  15. McMurtry, J. (1988), Understanding War, Toronto: Samuel Stevens and Science for Peace.
  16. McMurtry, J. (1998), Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market As An Ethical System, Toronto and Westport CT: Garamond and Kumarian.
  17. McMurtry, J. (1999), The Cancer Stage of Capitalism. London and Tokyo: Pluto and Springer Press.
  18. McMurtry, J. (2002), Value Wars: The Global Market versus the Life Economy, London: Pluto Press.
  19. Michalos, A.C. (2008), Trade Barriers to the Public Good, Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  20. Miller, Peter and Westra, Laura, eds (2002). Just Ecological Integrity: The Ethics of Planetary Life, Boston: Rowman and Littlefield.
  21. Mirowski, P. (2000), Machine Dreams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  22. Monbiot, G. (2000), Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain. London: Macmillan.
  23. Nace, Ted (2003), Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  24. Noonan, J., (2006), Democratic Society and Human Needs. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press.
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  26. Nussbaum (2000), Women and Human Development / The Capabilities Approach New York: Cambridge University Press.
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  28. Polanyi, Karl (1944/2000), The Great Transformation. Boston: Beacon Press.
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  32. Sen, A. (1998), The Possibility of Social Choice. Trinity College, Cambridge: 1998 Nobel Lecture in Economics.
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  34. Timuss, R.M. (1968), Commitment to Welfare, London: Allen and Unwin.
  35. Turner, Terisa and Brownhill, Leigh (2001), “Gender, Feminism and the Civil Commons”, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, XXII, Special Issue.
  36. Weisbrot, M., Baker, D., and Rosnick, D. (2006). “The Scorecard on Development: 25 Years of Diminishing Progress”, International Journal of Health Services 36,2: 211-234.
  37. Woodhouse, H. (2009), Selling Out: Academic Freedom and the Corporate Market, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.


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