Rethinking Goodness

Rethinking Goodness

by Michael A. Wallach
     
 

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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

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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.

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Essays, most of which were published between 1978 and 1985. Evans writes social, not political history. These essays do not give a coherent picture of 19th (and early 20th) century Germany, but make interesting supplementary reading. Seeing a fundamental conflict between liberalism and authoritarianism, the authors (both in psychology at Duke) propose an escape from society's swings between them. They find the underlying problem in the religious and externalized origin of ethics. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“This is a persuasive, scholarly case for the desirability and feasibility of concern for the common good—a fully serious and assessable answer to the ‘minimalist’ morality decried by culture critics like Lasch and Bloom, that avoids the authoritarian trap, and it offers an example of ‘secular humanism’ at its best. A psychologically and philosophically imaginative and sound response to the moral and morale disorder of our times.” — M. Brewster Smith, University of California at Santa Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438423104
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
604 KB

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.

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