Honor For Us is the first contemporary philosophical inquiry into the concept of honor. It is unique not only in its analysis of six distinct concepts of honor, which includes an investigation into the place of honor in religious thought and ethics, but also in its interpretation of honor's prevalence in our own culture. Many would like to discard honor altogether as "obsolete", but Sessions contends that the concept of honor is poorly understood, standing sorely in need of clarification. He argues that the notion of honor remains viable in the face of powerful criticism, and that it has important features which warrant our normative interest. While not downplaying the "dark side" of honor (violence, sexism, inegalitarianism, its abuse in religion), Sessions shows that honor not only constitutes a descriptively useful concept but also remains a potentially valuable concept for us today.
Honor for Us is truly a major landmark in the recent history of philosophy. William Lad Sessions has researched his subject deeply and widely. He offers a fresh, provocative and penetrating study of honor, both its positive and negative elements. Philosophers have long and sadly neglected the ageless ethic. Indeed, like the ideal of chastity, the word has disappeared from common discourse. Sessions, however, shows how its principles and complications persist in many aspects of our daily lives. Readers will find it a stunning revelation.--Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Richard J. Milbauer Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Preface; 1. Introduction: Issues of Honor; Part I. Concepts of Honor; 2. Five Peripheral Concepts; 3. Personal Honor; 4. Personal Honor, Morality and Religion; 5. Deviant Honor; Part II. Honor's Reach; 6. The Honor of Warriors; 7. Sportsmanship as Honor; 8. Patriotism as Honor; 9. Academic Honor; 10. Professional Honor; Part III. Honor's Future; 11. In Defense of Honor; 12. Honor for US; Bibliography.