Community

Community: in the sense relevant here, a structure of human interaction in which people care about, and, where necessary and possible, care for, one another, and, too, care that they care about one another. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume… Read More

Community action for health

Community action for health: Community action for health refers to collective efforts by communities which are directed towards increasing community control over the determinants of health, and thereby improving health. Reference: new definition The Ottawa Charter emphasises the importance of concrete and effective community action in setting priorities for health, making decisions, planning strategies and implementing them… Read More

Compossibility principle

Compossibility principle: The principle to uphold the value of life to the most inclusive possible level without life-value loss. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Oxford, 2004-11. 

Conatus

Conatus: In Spinoza’s philosophy, the inner drive of living things to maintain themselves and develop their capabilities. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Oxford, 2004-11. 

Conjunction

Conjunction: A truth-functional sentence formed by connecting two sentences by ‘and’; such sentences are true if and only if all their component conjuncts are true. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support… Read More

Consciousness

Consciousness: state or quality of being aware. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Oxford, 2004-11. 

Consequentialism

Consequentialism: Often equated to utilitarianism, but strictly holding that the good or bad is to be found in its consequences, not its principle of action or intention. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia… Read More

Continental philosophy

Continental philosophy: A standard way of distinguishing contemporary European philosophy and method from Analytic philosophy. See also Existentialism, Marxism, Phenomenology, and Postmodernism. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Oxford,… Read More

Contradictory sentence

Contradictory sentence: The negation of a tautologous sentence. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Oxford, 2004-11. 

Corporation

Corporation: A changing pool of money owners defined by a unitary legal goal of profit maximization for its shareholders and their non-liability for the corporation’s actions. The corporation is the sole right holder as “the investor” in transnational treaty legal mechanisms whose rules since 1988 govern the global market and whose articles exclude labor and citizens… Read More