Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics

Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics

by George Sher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521570689

ISBN-13: 9780521570688

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521570688
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/13/1997
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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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