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Breach of Trust : Truth, Morality & Politics: Quarterly Essay 16 - Raimond Gaita

Breach of Trust

Truth, Morality & Politics: Quarterly Essay 16

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781863952293
Number Of Pages: 144

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In the fourth Quarterly Essay of 2004, Raimond Gaita confronts essential questions about politics as it is practised today. What do politicians mean when they talk about 'trust'? Why is truthfulness important? Are we as politically and morally divided as the Americans? Does the war on terror authorise leaders to do things that once were considered beyond the pale? Gaita argues for a conception of politics in which morality is not an optional extra. He discusses why successful politicians must at times be economical with the truth, but shows a way beyond cynicism on the one hand and moralising on the other. Politics, he says, is conceivably a noble vocation, as well as potentially a tragic one. He looks closely at patriotism and its distortions, and the temptation to betray our deepest values in the act of protecting ourselves. Combining gentle evocation with gloves-off argument, Breach of Trust is a clarion call from one of Australia's leading thinkers. 'I have never met anyone who believes that politicians should never lie ... But of course there are limits. They are not set in the heavens, but in culture.' - Raimond Gaita, Breach Of Trust

ISBN: 9781863952293
ISBN-10: 1863952292
Series: Quarterly Essay
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Black Inc.
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.8  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 16

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