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Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau, and the Ethics of Politics
     

Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau, and the Ethics of Politics

by Ruth W. Grant
 

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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.

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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

Editorial Reviews

Ronald J. Terchek
Ruth Grant has written an exciting and provocative work reassessing the role of hypocracy and integrity in politics.
American Political Science Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226305929
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
209
File size:
432 KB

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Jean Bethke Elshtain
A lucid, elegantly written defense of the possibility that hypocrisy is not only the tribute that vice pays to virtue but may itself be virtuous by contrast to other alternatives, including hewing to hard and fast principles in such a way that political disaster results. Bound to promote debate about what counts as an authentically political ethic. -- Author of Democracy on Trial

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.

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