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Vices, Virtues, and Consequences Essays in Moral and Political Philosophy

by Peter Phillips Simpson

  • ISBN: 9780813209937
  • ISBN10: 0813209935

Vices, Virtues, and Consequences Essays in Moral and Political Philosophy

by Peter Phillips Simpson

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Catholic Univ of Amer Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780813209937
  • ISBN10: 0813209935
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Description: Vices, Virtues, and Consequences offers a broad study of the basic and universal issues in ethics and politics, the issues of what the human good is and how to attain it and avoid its opposite. These questions have long been debated and are no less debated today. However, according to author Peter Phillips Simpson, within the mainstream of Anglo-American modern philosophy they have been debated too narrowly. This narrowness is one of our modern vices, and it does much to encourage other vices, in particular that of despair of universal and objective reason. The essays in this collection not only attack these vices, but also attempt to replace them with the contrary virtues.

The volume begins with an overview of modern Anglo-American moral philosophy and critiques the work of contemporary thinkers -- specifically Alasdair MacIntyre and John Rawls -- and the work of historical thinkers such as Machiavelli, Kant, and Hobbes. The author then explores ancient and medieval sources, and applies their concepts to discussions of modern problems.

The book closes with chapters that discuss the direct consequences of contemporary vices in both thought and action, in particular the vice of failing to educate the morals of citizens. Simpson rejects the contemporary liberal dogma that political authority should not be involved in the moral education of citizens. Violence in Northern Ireland and the crime of abortion are among the issues discussed.

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