Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau, and the Ethics of Politics / Edition 2

Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau, and the Ethics of Politics / Edition 2

by Ruth W. Grant
     
 

Questioning the usual judgements of political ethics, Ruth W. Grant argues that hypocrisy can actually be constructive while strictly principled behavior can be destructive. Hypocrisy and Integrity offers a new conceptual framework that clarifies the differences between idealism and fanaticism while it uncovers the moral limits of compromise.

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Questioning the usual judgements of political ethics, Ruth W. Grant argues that hypocrisy can actually be constructive while strictly principled behavior can be destructive. Hypocrisy and Integrity offers a new conceptual framework that clarifies the differences between idealism and fanaticism while it uncovers the moral limits of compromise.

"Exciting and provocative. . . . Grant's work is to be highly recommended, offering a fresh reading of Rousseau and Machiavelli as well as presenting a penetrating analysis of hypocrisy and integrity."—Ronald J. Terchek, American Political Science Review

"A great refreshment. . . . With liberalism's best interests at heart, Grant seeks to make available a better understanding of the limits of reason in politics."—Peter Berkowitz, New Republic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226305844
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Ruth W. Grant is professor of political science and philosophy and senior fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. She is the author of John Locke’s Liberalism and Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics, the latter of which received the best book award from the North American Society for Political Philosophy in 1997. She is also the editor of Naming Evil, Judging Evil and In Search of Goodness.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
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
Works cited
Index

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