Rethinking Goodness

Rethinking Goodness

by Michael A. Wallach, Lise Wallach
     
 

Arguing that a psychological basis for ethics can be found in human motivation, Rethinking Goodness proposes a naturalistic ethics that transcends the conflict between liberalism and authoritarianism—the conflict between freedom at the price of narcissism and morality at the price of coercion. The authors offer a third option, an ethic broader than… See more details below

Overview

Arguing that a psychological basis for ethics can be found in human motivation, Rethinking Goodness proposes a naturalistic ethics that transcends the conflict between liberalism and authoritarianism—the conflict between freedom at the price of narcissism and morality at the price of coercion. The authors offer a third option, an ethic broader than liberalism’s pursuit of the personal, that avoids jeopardizing, as do authoritarian positions, the centrality of individual autonomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791402993
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1990
Series:
SUNY Series in Ethical Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
156

Meet the Author

Michael A. Wallach is Professor of Psychology and Lise Wallach is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Duke University.

Michael A. Wallach is Professor of Psychology and Lise Wallach is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Duke University.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Minimalist Predicament

  • The Legacy of Liberalism
  • Calls to Abridge Autonomy
  • Another Way

2. Student Voices on Values

  • Work and Effort
  • Pairing Off
  • Living in Society

3. Virtue Desired

  • Greece before Plato and Aristotle
  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Buddha and Confucius

4. The Mystification of Goodness

  • The Good as God's Commands
  • The Severing of Virtue from Human Desire
  • The Philsophers

5. What the Humanist Forgot

  • The Good on Our Genes
  • The Insufficiency of Spontaneous Goodness

6. Dealing with Differences

  • Respect and Relativism
  • Can Ethical Beliefs Be Justified?

7. Some Thoughts for Feminists, Communitarians, and Moral Educators

  • Feminism
  • Community
  • Moral Education

Notes

Index

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