The Politics of Moralizing

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415934787
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Shapiro is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii. Jane Bennett is Professor of Political Science at Goucher College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Moraline Drift 11
Ch. 2 Generating a Virtuous Circle 27
Ch. 3 Political Not Patriotic 63
Ch. 4 Autobiography and Cultivating the Arts of the Female Self 93
Ch. 5 The Tragedy of the Ethical Commons 113
Ch. 6 Out for a Walk 141
Ch. 7 Just the Facts, Please 183
Ch. 8 The Challenge of Polytheism 201
Ch. 9 Affirming the Political 223
Contributors 243
Index 245
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