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Public and Private Morality - Stuart Hampshire

Public and Private Morality

By: Stuart Hampshire (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1979
ISBN: 9780521293525
Number Of Pages: 152

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How far can we apply the same moral principles to both public and private behaviour? In the interests of effective political action, are we right to accept acts of deceit, exploitation or force which we would regard as unacceptable in private relations with individuals? What means can be properly adopted in the promotion of great public causes?

The problem of 'dirty hands' in politics was posed most strikingly by Machiavelli. It has re-emerged this century in a pressing and, to some extent, a new form, in connection with the two World Wars and more recently the Vietnam War, where the political decisions and the destruction, and risks of destruction, have been of a scale and character not previously experienced.

The contributors to this volume examine the background to this problem in moral and political theory. Stuart Hampshire, Bernard Williams and Thomas Nagel consider the continuities and discontinuities between public and private morality and the modes of rationality that might be appropriate to each. T. M. Scanlon and Ronald Dworkin consider more generally the type of moral claim on which political arguments turn; they look for a rational foundation for contemporary liberal attitudes.

The volume will be of interest to students of political theory and ethics, and to anyone concerned with or about political issues and political life.

Morality and pessimism
Public and private morality
Politics and moral character
Ruthlessness in public life
Rights, goals and fairness
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ISBN: 9780521293525
ISBN-10: 0521293529
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 1st January 1979
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 14.07  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.22

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