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Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics

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Publisher Comments:

In this book, Michael Sandel takes up some of the hotly contested moral and political issues of our time, including affirmative action, assisted suicide, abortion, gay rights, stem cell research, the meaning of toleration and civility, the gap between rich and poor, the role of markets, and the place of religion in public life. He argues that the most prominent ideals in our political life — individual rights and freedom of choice — do not by themselves provide an adequate ethic for a democratic society. Sandel calls for a politics that gives greater emphasis to citizenship, community, and civic virtue, and that grapples more directly with questions of the good life. Liberals often worry that inviting moral and religious argument into the public sphere runs the risk of intolerance and coercion. These essays respond to that concern by showing that substantive moral discourse is not at odds with progressive public purposes, and that a pluralist society need not shrink from engaging the moral and religious convictions that its citizens bring to public life.

Review:

"[An] effective, though sometimes lumpy, blend of the wonky and the philosophical." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"This thought-provoking book will be valuable to the general reader as well as scholars." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Liberals often worry that inviting moral and religious argument into the public sphere runs the risk of intolerance and coercion. These essays respond to that concern by showing that substantive moral discourse is not at odds with progressive public purposes, and that a pluralist society need not shrink from engaging the moral and religious convictions that its citizens bring to public life.

About the Author

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University, and the author of Liberalism and the Limits of Justice.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I. American Civic Life

1. America's Search for a Public Philosophy

2. Beyond Individualism: Democrats and Community

3. The Politics of Easy Virtue

4. Big Ideas

5. The Problem with Civility

6. Impeachment--Then and Now

7. Robert F. Kennedy's Promise

Part II. Moral and Political Arguments

8. Against State Lotteries

9. Commercials in the Classroom

10. Branding the Public Realm

11. Sports and Civic Identity

12. History for Sale

13. The Market for Merit

14. Should We Buy the Right to Pollute?

15. Honor and Resentment

16. Arguing Affirmative Action

17. Should Victims Have a Say in Sentencing?

18. Clinton and Kant on Lying

19. Is There a Right to Assisted Suicide?

20. Embryo Ethics: The Moral Logic of Stem Cell Research

21. Moral Argument and Liberal Toleration: Abortion and Homosexuality

Part III. Liberalism, Pluralism, and Community

22. Morality and the Liberal Ideal

23. The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self

24. Justice as Membership

25. The Peril of Extinction

26. Dewey's Liberalism and Ours

27. Mastery and Hubris in Judaism: What's Wrong with Playing God?

28. Political Liberalism

29. Remembering Rawls

30. The Limits of Communitarianism

Notes

Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674023659
Author:
Sandel, Michael J.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[An] effective, though sometimes lumpy, blend of the wonky and the philosophical." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "This thought-provoking book will be valuable to the general reader as well as scholars."
"Synopsis" by , Liberals often worry that inviting moral and religious argument into the public sphere runs the risk of intolerance and coercion. These essays respond to that concern by showing that substantive moral discourse is not at odds with progressive public purposes, and that a pluralist society need not shrink from engaging the moral and religious convictions that its citizens bring to public life.
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