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For years, moral language has been the province of the Right, as the Left has consoled itself with rudderless pragmatism. In this profound and powerful book, Susan Neiman reclaims the vocabulary of morality--good and evil, heroism and nobility--as a lingua franca for the twenty-first century. In constructing a framework for taking responsible action on today's urgent questions, Neiman reaches back to the eighteenth century, retrieving a series of values--happiness, reason, reverence, and hope--held high by Enlightenment thinkers. In this thoroughly updated edition, Neiman reflects on how the moral language of the 2008 presidential campaign has opened up new political and cultural possibilities in America and beyond.

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"Susan Neiman's profound wisdom, courage and vision . . . [make her] a beacon of light and hope in our morally debased times."--Cornel West

"Morally and politically compelling--and a delight to read."--Michael Walzer

Synopsis:

For years, moral language has been the province of the Right, as the Left has consoled itself with rudderless pragmatism. In this profound and powerful book, Susan Neiman reclaims the vocabulary of morality--good and evil, heroism and nobility--as a lingua franca for the twenty-first century. In constructing a framework for taking responsible action on today's urgent questions, Neiman reaches back to the eighteenth century, retrieving a series of values--happiness, reason, reverence, and hope--held high by Enlightenment thinkers. In this thoroughly updated edition, Neiman reflects on how the moral language of the 2008 presidential campaign has opened up new political and cultural possibilities in America and beyond.

About the Author

Susan Neiman is Director of the Einstein Forum. She is the author of "Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin", "The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant", and "Evil in Modern Thought" (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

PART ONE: Ideal and Real

Chapter 1: Hard Facts 29

Chapter 2: Ideals and Ideology 60

Chapter 3: Facing Gallows 93

PART TWO: Enlightenment Values

Chapter 4: Myths or Monsters 121

Chapter 5: Heaven and Earth 138

Chapter 6: Happiness 163

Chapter 7: Reason 189

Chapter 8: Reverence 226

Chapter 9: Hope 253

PART THREE: Good and Evil

Chapter 10: The Odyssey: An Excursion 299

Chapter 11: What about Evil? 334

Chapter 12: Enlightenment Heroes 381

Chapter 13: Moral Clarity 422

Acknowledgments 438

Bibliographical Notes 440

Bibliography 447

Permissions Acknowledgments 456

Index 457

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691143897
Author:
Nieman, Susan
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Neiman, Susan
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Political philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Susan Neiman's profound wisdom, courage and vision . . . [make her] a beacon of light and hope in our morally debased times."--Cornel West

"Morally and politically compelling--and a delight to read."--Michael Walzer

"Synopsis" by , For years, moral language has been the province of the Right, as the Left has consoled itself with rudderless pragmatism. In this profound and powerful book, Susan Neiman reclaims the vocabulary of morality--good and evil, heroism and nobility--as a lingua franca for the twenty-first century. In constructing a framework for taking responsible action on today's urgent questions, Neiman reaches back to the eighteenth century, retrieving a series of values--happiness, reason, reverence, and hope--held high by Enlightenment thinkers. In this thoroughly updated edition, Neiman reflects on how the moral language of the 2008 presidential campaign has opened up new political and cultural possibilities in America and beyond.
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