Morality And Justice

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This book is a collection of twelve essays devoted to Michael Boylan's important work in moral philosophy,A Just Society. The collection is thematically organized to mirror Boylan's own volume, so the first half explores fundamental issues of justification in ethics while the second half focuses on issues involving ethical discourse, social justice, and the moral foundations of public policy. In their critical and engaging essays, the authors challenge many of the original and controversial arguments developed and defended by Boylan in his book, and Boylan responds in a lengthy and philosophically rich reply. The book will appeal both to philosophers working on the cutting edge of moral and political theory and to public policy practitioners working to make society more just.

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Editorial Reviews

Patrick Hayden
Michael Boylan’s book A Just Society challenges old assumptions and advances a new analytical framework for understanding social justice. This important collection provides not only a full and vigorous engagement with Boylan’s novel moral-political theory, but also a fresh set of views on the nature, meaning and prospects of a just society today.
Doris Schroeder
This volume is a sharp and comprehensive assessment of Michael Boylan’s A Just Society that will stimulate further debate on the timeless topic of justice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739122990
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John-Stewart Gordon teaches philosophy at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Becoming Moral Agents: On the Personal Worldview Imperative Chapter 3 A Feminist Personal Worldview Imperative Chapter 4 Justification in Ethics: Desiring to Be Good and Ethical Commendation Chapter 5 Justification in Ethics Chapter 6 On the Possibility of a Hierarchy of Moral Goods Chapter 7 Michael Boylan on Religion and Ethics: An Appreciative Theological Assessment Chapter 8 Extinguishing Desire: Not a Simple Plan at All Chapter 9 Diversity and the Common Body of Knowledge Chapter 10 On Justice Chapter 11 Justice in "A Just Society" Chapter 12 Public Policy: Moving Toward Moral Cosmopolitanism Chapter 13 Establishing Global Health Obligations Amid Ethical Diversity: A Commentary on Boylan's "A Just Society" Chapter 14 Ethics, Metaethics, Political Theory, and Policy: A Reply to My Colleagues Part 15 Definitions

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