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Beyond Neutrality : Perfectionism and Politics - George Sher

Beyond Neutrality

Perfectionism and Politics

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Published: 16th June 1997
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Many people, including many contemporary philosophers, believe that the state has no business trying to improve people's characters, or elevate their tastes, or prevent them from living degraded lives. They believe that governments should remain absolutely neutral when it comes to the consideration of competing conceptions of the good. One fundamental aim of George Sher's book is to show that this view is indefensible. A second complementary aim is to articulate a conception of the good that is worthy of promotion by the state.

"...Sher is consitently deliberate, judicious, and fair to the positions he discusses, avoiding overstatement of his case or the use of contrived arguments." D.J. Maletz, Choice "...Sher's book offers a useful contribution to debate..." David Kahane, Philosophy in Review "...Beyond Neutrality will surely direct future debate over the priority of the right. It is also a good book for an advanced course on the legal enforcement of morality." Chris Naticchia, The Philosophical Review

Introduction
The principle of neutrality
Autonomy and neutrality (1)
Autonomy and neutrality (2)
Prophylactic neutrality
Knowing about the good
Three grades of social involvement
Against subjectivism
Perfectionism: a theory
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521578240
ISBN-10: 0521578248
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 16th June 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36