Rethinking Goodness

Rethinking Goodness

by Michael A. Wallach, Lise Wallach
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791402991

ISBN-13: 9780791402993

Pub. Date: 07/01/1990

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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

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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

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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