Ethics and Character: The Pursuit of Democratic Virtues

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This unique text examines the debate over the role of character and virtue in democratic leadership and their relationship to a healthy democracy. Contributors include prominent scholars who focus on specific aspects of the critical question, "Who should lead and in what manner?" These scholars address this question from different perspectives and across several fields, including political science, philosophy, law, public administration, and public policy.
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Explores the ethical tensions public officials face as they promote various political, social, and economic virtues associated with democratic governments while simultaneously maintaining the necessary constraints to control the majority of the people. Some of the 13 essays are reprinted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890899090
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Morality and the Ethical Tradition
Ch. 1 Introduction 5
Ch. 2 Ethics, Virtue, and Character Development 19
Ch. 3 Plain Persons and Moral Philosophy: Rules, Virtues, and Goods 47
Pt. II Law, Lawyers, and Ethics
Ch. 4 Constitutional Correctives for Democratic Vices 69
Ch. 5 The Tension Between Law and Ethics 91
Ch. 6 Law Versus Ethics: Reconciling Two Concepts of Public Service Ethics 107
Ch. 7 Temperance, Passions, and Lawyers in the American Democratic Regime 141
Pt. III Private Virtues, Public Vices
Ch. 8 Ethics and Politics: The American Way 171
Ch. 9 Democracy's Quiet Virtues 203
Ch. 10 The Rediscovery of Character: Private Virtue and Public Policy 225
Pt. IV Leadership and Virtue
Ch. 11 Military Ethics: An Aristotelian Tradition in a Democratic Society 241
Ch. 12 Administrators in a Democratic Republic: A Multivalent View of American Civil Religion 263
Ch. 13 Moral Realism Versus Therapeutic Elitism: Christopher Lasch's Populist Defense of American Character 289
References 311
Contributors 327
Index 331
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