Morality, Politics, and Law / Edition 1

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'This book deals insightfully with fundamental issues: the possibility of moral knowledge and discourse, the relation between the state and its citizens; the nature of constitutional interpretation and the place of the judiciary in developing our moral traditions.... Perry writes with economy but with fervor, connecting philosophy, law, and religion in a way that is both challenging and alarming.' - Robert F. Nagel, University of Colorado.
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"An invigorating book that lucidly frames many of the most important questions at the intersection of constitutional law and moral and political philosophy."--University of Chicago Law Review

"Consistently interesting and searching. Perry's book is bound to provoke critical reaction from reviewers."--G. Edward White, University of Virginia

"Perry has mastered an extensive and extremely difficult philosophical literature and has managed to work through a series of troubling problems intelligently and critically."--Kent Greenawalt, Columbia University

"The scope of this new work places Michael Perry in the ranks of Constitutional theorists like Ronald Dworkin and Roberto Unger who have innovative, comprehensive visions of the role of law in contemporary American society. Perry develops a theory of how a transformative politics is possible given the failure of moral and political philosophers to find common principles among the many different values and ideals of these pluralistic times."--David C. Hoy, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Perry has written a book that is to be read by anyone concerned with our society having a moral future. Drawing on the best philosophical, legal, and theological discussions, he has brought those disciplines into conversation in an extraordinary way to illumine our current crisis. Moreover, he begins to develop a constructive alternative that few have even begun to envision. I hope this book is read and read widely."--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195064568
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Proper Relation of Morality to Politics 3
I What Is "Morality"? 7
1 The Naturalist Conception of Moral Knowledge 9
2 A Naturalist Perspective on Moral Reasoning and Moral Relativism 24
II The Liberal Vision of Morality and Politics 55
3 A Critique of the Liberal Political-Philosophical Project 57
III An Alternative Vision: Towards a Deliberative, Transformative Politics 75
4 Making Law: The Problem of Coercive Legislation 77
5 Breaking Law: The Problem of Conscientious Disobedience 105
6 Interpreting Law: The Problem of Constitutional Adjudication 121
Conclusion 180
Appendix A Not Taking Rights-Talk Too Seriously 185
Appendix B Human Law and the Conscience of Believers: A Statement of the American Lutheran Church 189
Notes 209
Index 313
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