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Ethics and Activism : The Theory and Practice of Political Morality - Michael L. Gross

Ethics and Activism

The Theory and Practice of Political Morality

Hardcover Published: 30th April 2013
ISBN: 9780521580977
Number Of Pages: 320

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How should and how do democratic citizens behave when governments act unjustly? Do they respond aggressively, armed with universal concern for the rights and interests of all citizens or are they acting from narrow concerns based on special interests and sectarian loyalties? To answer these questions, the author explores social activism on three continents: Jewish rescue in Europe during World War II, abortion politics in the United States, and peace and settler activism in Israel. The answer challenges the strong moral role we often attribute to responsible citizens and emphasizes the competitive and parochial nature of morally inspired activism.

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"The cognitive epistemological approach provides a coherent explanation of individual-level reasoning and its link to preference formation..." Richard W. Wilson, World Politics "Gross engages in a rich application of theoretical principles to empirical data...[He] melds the psychologies of cognitive development and collective action into an integrated research model and then applies this model to the rescue of Jews in wartime France and Holland, to pro-life and pro-choice abortion activism in the US, and to the Gush Emunium and Peace Now moevements in Israel." Choice "This book will appeal to those who are already convinced by rational choice theory." Stjepan G. Mestrovic, Contemporay Sociology

The Philosophy of Political Morality
Weak political morality
Strong political morality
The Psychology of Political Morality
Ethics and moral judgement: the dynamics of cognitive development
Efficacy and political action: the logic of collective behavior
The Practice of Political Morality
The politics of rescue: ethics and activism during wartime
The politics of abortion: ethics and activism in the United States
The politics of peace: ethics and activism in Israel
The Future of Political Morality
The future of political morality
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ISBN: 9780521580977
ISBN-10: 0521580978
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th April 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64