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Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life / Edition 1

Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life / Edition 1

by Mark Blitz


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Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life / Edition 1

Industriousness, tolerance, niceness (compassion), and responsibility are the core virtues of modern liberal democracies, believes Blitz (political philosophy, Claremont McKenna College). It is the last that primarily concerns him here as he extrapolates from his definition of responsibility—understood as encompassing accountability, effectiveness, and liberal self-interest—to its proper role in a range of areas of public life. He considers the nature of responsible politics, foreign affairs, law, media, education, regulation of biotechnology, to name some of the prominent areas discussed. His meditations frequently lead him to positions that would be understood in the contemporary US as conservative, such as his belief in limiting judicial interpretation of the constitution or his support for George Bush's attempt to ban stem cell research. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742533028
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Mark Blitz is Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Chapter 2 Responsibility and Modern Virtue Chapter 3 Responsibility and Politics Chapter 4 Responsibility and Foreign Affairs Chapter 5 Law and Responsibility Chapter 6 Political Responsibility of the Media Chapter 7 Liberal Responsibility Chapter 8 Responsibility and Biotechnology Chapter 9 Locke's Doctrine of Responsible Action

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