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Debating the Good Society a Quest to Bridge America's Moral Divide

by Andrew Bard Schmookler

  • ISBN: 9780262194143
  • ISBN10: 0262194147

Debating the Good Society a Quest to Bridge America's Moral Divide

by Andrew Bard Schmookler

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
  • Publish date: 05/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780262194143
  • ISBN10: 0262194147
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Description: Through the ingenious means of a fictional Internet conversation among two dozen or so Americans from various walks of life and every shade of the ideological spectrum, Debating the Good Society probes two questions lying at the heart of the ongoing culture war in contemporary America: Where does goodness come from, and how is good social order to be achieved?

Traditionalists and conservatives, who tend to view human nature as inherently sinful, argue that good order must be imposed from above, by parental authority and ruling powers, by the forces of law and tradition, and, ultimately, by God. Counterculturalists and liberals, who tend to believe in the inherent goodness of human nature, claim that well-supported children will develop into well-ordered adults and that adults empowered to make their own choices will form a healthy, well-ordered society. These opposing visions underlie a host of current controversies, including philosophies of child-rearing and education, social and political policy, sexual morality, and the evolution-creation debate.

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