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Public Philosophy

Essays on Morality in Politics

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$26.00 • £20.95 • €23.50

ISBN 9780674023659

Publication Date: 10/31/2006


304 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


  • 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

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