The Politics of Moralizing

The Politics of Moralizing

by Jane Bennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415934788

ISBN-13: 9780415934787

Pub. Date: 10/18/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Politics of Moralizing issues a stern warning about the risks of speaking, writing, and thinking in a manner too confident about one's own judgments and asks, "Can a clear line be drawn between dogmatism and simple certainty and indignation?" Bennett and Shapiro enter the debate by questioning what has become a popular, even pervasive, cultural narrative

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The Politics of Moralizing issues a stern warning about the risks of speaking, writing, and thinking in a manner too confident about one's own judgments and asks, "Can a clear line be drawn between dogmatism and simple certainty and indignation?" Bennett and Shapiro enter the debate by questioning what has become a popular, even pervasive, cultural narrative told by both the left and the right: the story of the West's moral decline, degeneration, or confusion. Contributors explore the dynamics and dilemmas of moralizing by advocates of patriotism, environmental protection, and women's rights while arguing that the current discourse gives free license to self-aggrandizement, cruelty, vengeance and punitiveness and a generalized resistance to or abjection of diversity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415934787
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/18/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1The Moraline Drift11
Ch. 2Generating a Virtuous Circle27
Ch. 3Political Not Patriotic63
Ch. 4Autobiography and Cultivating the Arts of the Female Self93
Ch. 5The Tragedy of the Ethical Commons113
Ch. 6Out for a Walk141
Ch. 7Just the Facts, Please183
Ch. 8The Challenge of Polytheism201
Ch. 9Affirming the Political223
Contributors243
Index245

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