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The Many and the One: Religious and Secular Perspectives on Ethical Pluralism in the Modern World (Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics)

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The war on terrorism, say America's leaders, is a war of Good versus Evil. But in the minds of the perpetrators, the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington were presumably justified as ethically good acts against American evil. Is such polarization leading to a violent "clash of civilizations" or can differences between ethical systems be reconciled through rational dialogue? This book provides an extraordinary resource for thinking clearly about the diverse ways in which humans see good and evil. In nine essays and responses, leading thinkers ask how ethical pluralism can be understood by classical liberalism, liberal-egalitarianism, critical theory, feminism, natural law, Confucianism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

Each essay addresses five questions: Is the ideal society ethically uniform or diverse? Should the state protect, ban, or otherwise intervene in ethically based differences? How should disagreements on the rights and duties of citizens be dealt with? Should the state regulate life-and-death decisions such as euthanasia? To what extent should conflicting views on sexual relationships be accommodated? This book shows that contentious questions can be discussed with both incisiveness and civility. The editors provide the introduction and Donald Moon, the conclusion. The contributors are Brian Barry, Joseph Boyle, Simone Chambers, Joseph Chan, Christine Di Stefano, Dale F. Eickelman, Menachem Fisch, William Galston, John Haldane, Chandran Kukathas, David Little, Muhammad Khalid Masud, Carole Pateman, William F. Scheuerman, Adam B. Seligman, James W. Skillen, James Tully, and Lee H. Yearley.

Synopsis:

"This thoughtful, lively book will animate and advance a debate of great value to us as citizens as well as scholars. Can we grasp the moral order of the world we inhabit--and its conflicts and disorder, too--in terms of coherent ethical traditions, lawful visions, and modes of reasoning? In doing so, can we critically embrace the different laws and ways of knowing institutionalized in the separate spheres of modern social life, and the contrary traditions, sacred and secular, of a multicultural world both expanded and shrunk by its global interdependence? These engaging essays shed new light on how to shape and wrestle with such questions across the usual boundaries of moral and social philosophy, religious ethics, and the social sciences."--Steven Tipton, Emory University, author of Getting Saved from the Sixties

"I'm glad I read this book (and took some useful notes). I learned a great deal and so, I suspect, will other readers in such areas as ethics and political philosophy."--John Coleman, Loyola Marymount University, author of Religion and Nationalism

Synopsis:

The war on terrorism, say America's leaders, is a war of Good versus Evil. But in the minds of the perpetrators, the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington were presumably justified as ethically good acts against American evil. Is such polarization leading to a violent "clash of civilizations" or can differences between ethical systems be reconciled through rational dialogue? This book provides an extraordinary resource for thinking clearly about the diverse ways in which humans see good and evil. In nine essays and responses, leading thinkers ask how ethical pluralism can be understood by classical liberalism, liberal-egalitarianism, critical theory, feminism, natural law, Confucianism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

Each essay addresses five questions: Is the ideal society ethically uniform or diverse? Should the state protect, ban, or otherwise intervene in ethically based differences? How should disagreements on the rights and duties of citizens be dealt with? Should the state regulate life-and-death decisions such as euthanasia? To what extent should conflicting views on sexual relationships be accommodated? This book shows that contentious questions can be discussed with both incisiveness and civility. The editors provide the introduction and Donald Moon, the conclusion. The contributors are Brian Barry, Joseph Boyle, Simone Chambers, Joseph Chan, Christine Di Stefano, Dale F. Eickelman, Menachem Fisch, William Galston, John Haldane, Chandran Kukathas, David Little, Muhammad Khalid Masud, Carole Pateman, William F. Scheuerman, Adam B. Seligman, James W. Skillen, James Tully, and Lee H. Yearley.

About the Author

Richard Madsen is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Morality and Power in a Chinese Village. Tracy B. Strong is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, and former Editor of Political Theory. He has published seven books, among them Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of Transformation.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Three forms of ethical pluralism / Richard Madsen and Tracy B. Strong — Liberal egalitarian attitudes toward ethical pluralism / William A. Galston — Liberal egalitarian platitudes? / Brian Barry — Ethical pluralism from a classical liberal perspective / Chandran Kukathas — Ethical pluralism and classical liberalism / James Tully — Natural law and ethical pluralism / John H. Haldane — Natural law reflections on the social management of ethical pluralism / Joseph Boyle — Confucian attitudes toward ethical pluralism / Joseph Chan — Two strands of Confucianism / Lee H. Yearley — Islam and ethical pluralism / Dale F. Eickelman — The scope of pluralism in Islamic moral traditions / Muhammad Khalid Masud — Ethical diversity, tolerance, and the problem of sovereignty: a Jewish perspective / Menachem Fisch — Jewish responses to modernity / Adam B. Seligman — Conscientious individualism: a Christian perspective on ethical pluralism / David Little — Pluralism as a matter of principle / James W. Skillen — Feminist attitudes toward ethical pluralism / Christine Di Stefano — Feminism and the varieties of ethical pluralism / Carole Pateman — Critical theory and the challenge of ethical pluralism / William E. Scheuerman — Substantive and procedural dimensions of critical theory / Simone Chambers — Pluralisms compared / J. Donald Moon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691099934
Editor:
Madsen, Richard P.
Editor:
Strong, Tracy B.
Editor:
Madsen, Richard P.
Editor:
Strong, Tracy B.
Editor:
Pateman, Carole
Author:
Madsen, Richard
Author:
Madsen, Richard P.
Author:
Strong, Tracy B.
Editor:
Pateman, Carole
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Pluralism (social sciences)
Subject:
Pluralism
Subject:
Ethical relativism
Subject:
Religious ethics
Subject:
Ethics, Comparative.
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics
Series Volume:
vol. LI, pt. 1
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 24 oz

Related Subjects

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Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics
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"Synopsis" by , "This thoughtful, lively book will animate and advance a debate of great value to us as citizens as well as scholars. Can we grasp the moral order of the world we inhabit--and its conflicts and disorder, too--in terms of coherent ethical traditions, lawful visions, and modes of reasoning? In doing so, can we critically embrace the different laws and ways of knowing institutionalized in the separate spheres of modern social life, and the contrary traditions, sacred and secular, of a multicultural world both expanded and shrunk by its global interdependence? These engaging essays shed new light on how to shape and wrestle with such questions across the usual boundaries of moral and social philosophy, religious ethics, and the social sciences."--Steven Tipton, Emory University, author of Getting Saved from the Sixties

"I'm glad I read this book (and took some useful notes). I learned a great deal and so, I suspect, will other readers in such areas as ethics and political philosophy."--John Coleman, Loyola Marymount University, author of Religion and Nationalism

"Synopsis" by , The war on terrorism, say America's leaders, is a war of Good versus Evil. But in the minds of the perpetrators, the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington were presumably justified as ethically good acts against American evil. Is such polarization leading to a violent "clash of civilizations" or can differences between ethical systems be reconciled through rational dialogue? This book provides an extraordinary resource for thinking clearly about the diverse ways in which humans see good and evil. In nine essays and responses, leading thinkers ask how ethical pluralism can be understood by classical liberalism, liberal-egalitarianism, critical theory, feminism, natural law, Confucianism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

Each essay addresses five questions: Is the ideal society ethically uniform or diverse? Should the state protect, ban, or otherwise intervene in ethically based differences? How should disagreements on the rights and duties of citizens be dealt with? Should the state regulate life-and-death decisions such as euthanasia? To what extent should conflicting views on sexual relationships be accommodated? This book shows that contentious questions can be discussed with both incisiveness and civility. The editors provide the introduction and Donald Moon, the conclusion. The contributors are Brian Barry, Joseph Boyle, Simone Chambers, Joseph Chan, Christine Di Stefano, Dale F. Eickelman, Menachem Fisch, William Galston, John Haldane, Chandran Kukathas, David Little, Muhammad Khalid Masud, Carole Pateman, William F. Scheuerman, Adam B. Seligman, James W. Skillen, James Tully, and Lee H. Yearley.

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