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Patterns of Moral Complexity - Charles E. Larmore

Patterns of Moral Complexity

Paperback Published: 8th June 1987
ISBN: 9780521338912
Number Of Pages: 212

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Larmore aims to recover three forms of moral complexity that have often been neglected by moral and political philosophers. First, he argues that virtue is not simply the conscientious adherence to principle. Rather, the exercise of virtue apply. He argues - and this is the second pattern of complexity - that recognizing the value of constitutive ties with shared forms of life does not undermine the liberal ideal of political neutrality toward differing ideals of the good life. Finally Larmore agrues for what he calls the heterogeneity of morality. Moral thinking need not be exclusively deontological or consequentialist, and we should recognize that the ultimate sources of moral value are diverse. The arguments presented here do not attack the possibility of moral theory. But in addressing some of the central issues of moral and political thinking today thay attempt to restore to that thinking greater flexibility and a necessary sensitivity to our common experience.

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"...a solid piece of work--clearly written, admirably free of cant, historically informed, and analytically ambitious. It is a fine contribution to moral theory." Bart Schultz, Ethics January 1989

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Moral Judgment - An Aristotelian Insightp. 1
Kant on examplesp. 1
The centrality of judgmentp. 5
The puzzling nature of judgmentp. 14
Theory and practicep. 19
The Limits of Neo-Aristotelianismp. 22
MacIntyre's indictment of modernityp. 23
The objectivity and autonomy of moralsp. 27
A modernist malgre luip. 36
Liberalism and the Neutrality of the Statep. 40
In praise of bureaucracyp. 40
What is neutrality?p. 42
Neutrality and classical utilitarianismp. 48
Why neutrality?p. 50
Ideal conversationsp. 55
Equal respectp. 59
Practical limitsp. 67
The Political Order and Personal Idealsp. 69
Liberal justice as a modus vivendip. 70
Kantian liberalismp. 77
Morality and moral psychologyp. 85
Political Romanticismp. 91
Herder: pluralism and expressivismp. 93
Hegel's idea of Sittlichkeitp. 99
Marx's critique of liberalismp. 107
Rawls's ambiguities and neo-romanticismp. 118
The Heterogeneity of Moralityp. 131
Butler's problemp. 134
Partialityp. 139
The ethics of conviction and the ethics of responsibilityp. 144
Conclusionp. 151
Notesp. 154
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780521338912
ISBN-10: 0521338913
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 8th June 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.16  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.3

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