Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau, and the Ethics of Politics / Edition 2by Ruth W. Grant
Pub. Date: 06/28/1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Both Machiavelli and Rousseau recognized that the
In her new book, Ruth W. Grant challenges the usual judgments of political ethics. Arguing that hypocrisy can be constructive and that strictly principled behavior can be destructive, she explores the full range of ethical alternatives by brilliantly distinguishing among the varieties of hypocrisy and integrity.
Both Machiavelli and Rousseau recognized that the irrationalities of human nature made a totally honest and rational politics impossible. Drawing on their insights, Grant shows that the tasks of the politician--building coalitions among conflicting interests, uniting groups with a basic mistrust of one another--cannot be accomplished while remaining inflexibly attached to principle. By clarifying the differences between idealism and fanaticism, moderation and rationalization, Grant's inquiry uncovers the moral limits of compromise and reveals new standards for ethical judgment.
A subtle and provocative study in political philosophy, Hypocrisy and Integrity also presents striking, original interpretations of Machiavelli and Rousseau. Ruth W. Grant is associate professor of political science at Duke University. She is the author of John Locke's Liberalism, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Ch. 1: Introduction
Ch. 2: Machiavelli and the Case for Hypocrisy
Ch. 3: Moliere, Rousseau, and the Ideal of Integrity
Ch. 4: Rousseau's Political Ethics: Integrity, Prudence, and Deception
Ch. 5: Rousseau's Political Ethics: Corruption, Dependence, and Vanity
Ch. 6: Conclusion
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