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The Trouble with Principle

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Stanley Fish is an equal opportunity antagonist. A theorist who has taken on theorists, an academician who has riled the academy, a legal scholar and political pundit who has ruffled feathers left and right, Fish here turns with customary gusto to the trouble with principle. Specifically, Fish has a quarrel with neutral principles. The trouble? They operate by sacrificing everything people care about to their own purity. And they are deployed with equal highmindedness and equally absurd results by liberals and conservatives alike.

In this bracing book, Fish argues that there is no realm of higher order impartiality--no neutral or fair territory on which to stake a claim--and that those who invoke one are always making a rhetorical and political gesture. In the end, it is history and context, the very substance against which a purportedly abstract principle defines itself, that determines a principle's content and power. In the course of making this argument, Fish takes up questions about academic freedom and hate speech, affirmative action and multiculturalism, the boundaries between church and state, and much more. Sparing no one, he shows how our notions of intellectual and religious liberty--cherished by those at both ends of the political spectrum--are artifacts of the very partisan politics they supposedly transcend. The Trouble with Principle offers a provocative challenge to the debates of our day that no intellectually honest citizen can afford to ignore.

Synopsis:

Stanley Fish is an equal opportunity antagonist. A theorist who has taken on theorists, an academician who has riled the academy, a legal scholar and political pundit who has ruffled feathers leftand right, Fish here turns with customary gusto to the trouble with principle. Specifically, Fish has a quarrel with neutralprinciples. The trouble? They operate by sacrificing everything people careabout to their own purity. And they are deployed with equal highmindedness and equally absurd results by liberals and conservatives alike.

In this bracing book, Fish argues that there is no realm ofhigher order impartiality--no neutral or fair territory on which to stake a claim--and that those who invoke one are always making a rhetorical and political gesture. In the end, it is history and context, the very substance againstwhich a purportedly abstract principle defines itself, that determines a principle's content and power. In the course of making this argument, Fish takes up questions about academic freedom and hate speech, affirmative action andmulticulturalism, the boundaries between church and state, and much more. Sparing no one, he shows how our notions of intellectual and religious liberty--cherished by those at both ends of the political spectrum--are artifacts of thevery partisan politics they supposedly transcend. The Trouble with Principleoffers a provocative challenge to the debates of our day that no intellectually honest citizen can afford to ignore.

About the Author

<>Stanley Fishis Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the <>University of Illinois at Chicago. His many books include There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It's a Good Thing Too.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Taking Sides

I. Politics All the Way Down

1. At the Federalist Society

2. Sauce for the Goose

3. Of an Age and Not for All Time

4. Boutique Multiculturalism

II. Fish on the First

5. The Rhetoric of Regret

6. Fraught with Death

7. The Dance of Theory

III. Reasons for the Devout

8. Vicki Frost Objects

9. Mission Impossible

10. A Wolf in Reason's Clothing

11. Playing Not to Win

12. Why We Can't All Just Get Along

13. Faith before Reason

IV. Credo

14. Beliefs about Belief

15. Putting Theory in Its Place

16. Truth and Toilets

Epilogue: How the Right Hijacked the Magic Words

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674910126
Author:
Fish, Stanley
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Fish, Stanley
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Law and politics
Subject:
Principle
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Law - Political aspects
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
December 1999
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1.34 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Stanley Fish is an equal opportunity antagonist. A theorist who has taken on theorists, an academician who has riled the academy, a legal scholar and political pundit who has ruffled feathers leftand right, Fish here turns with customary gusto to the trouble with principle. Specifically, Fish has a quarrel with neutralprinciples. The trouble? They operate by sacrificing everything people careabout to their own purity. And they are deployed with equal highmindedness and equally absurd results by liberals and conservatives alike.

In this bracing book, Fish argues that there is no realm ofhigher order impartiality--no neutral or fair territory on which to stake a claim--and that those who invoke one are always making a rhetorical and political gesture. In the end, it is history and context, the very substance againstwhich a purportedly abstract principle defines itself, that determines a principle's content and power. In the course of making this argument, Fish takes up questions about academic freedom and hate speech, affirmative action andmulticulturalism, the boundaries between church and state, and much more. Sparing no one, he shows how our notions of intellectual and religious liberty--cherished by those at both ends of the political spectrum--are artifacts of thevery partisan politics they supposedly transcend. The Trouble with Principleoffers a provocative challenge to the debates of our day that no intellectually honest citizen can afford to ignore.

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