Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politicsby George Sher
Pub. Date: 01/13/1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Many people, including many contemporary philosophers, believe that the state has no business trying to improve people's characters or elevating their tastes or preventing them from living degraded lives. They believe that governments should remain absolutely neutral when it comes to the consideration of competing conceptions of the good. One fundamental aim of George Sher's book is to show that this view is indefensible. A second complementary aim is to articulate a conception of the good that is worthy of promotion by the state.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. The principle of neutrality; 3. Autonomy and neutrality (1); 4. Autonomy and neutrality (2); 5. Prophylactic neutrality; 6. Knowing about the good; 7. Three grades of social involvement; 8. Against subjectivism; 9. Perfectionism: a theory; 10. Conclusion.
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