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Character and Culture : Studies in Social, Political and Legal Philosophy - Lester H. Hunt

Character and Culture

Studies in Social, Political and Legal Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1997
ISBN: 9780847684748
Number Of Pages: 320

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Character and Culture presents an integrated account of the nature of character and a discussion of the various ways in which it is influenced, for better and worse, by social and political institutions. Through a careful analysis of virtue and vice, Hunt argues that character traits consist, in part but very crucially, of certain ideas on which the individual acts. Institutions such as commerce and private gift exchange, says Hunt, can encourage people to possess positive character traits--not by offering bribes or threats, but by shaping our vision of the importance of the goods that are pursued by human action and of the limits of right conduct. He is less optimistic about the effects of democracy on character, suggesting that they depend on whether or not the power of the voters to control one another is constrained by institutions that protect individual rights.

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Hunt's efforts are a fine example of philosophical moral psychology: shrewd, sensitive, and witty, with many richly painted examples. Mind: A Quarterly Review of Philosophy

Character and Thoughtp. 1
The Limits of the Good: Courage, Temperance, and Self-Respectp. 21
The Unity and Diversity of the Virtues: Generosity and Related Mattersp. 55
Justice and Beyondp. 89
Virtue, Vice, and Passionp. 113
Character and the Social Worldp. 149
The Social Foundations of Characterp. 165
Giftsp. 187
Punishment and Revengep. 221
The Politics of Envyp. 237
Character and the Survival of Liberalismp. 255
Indexp. 295
About the Authorp. 303
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ISBN: 9780847684748
ISBN-10: 0847684741
Series: Studies in Social, Political and Legal Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st November 1997
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57