Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality

Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality

by Robert P. George


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Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality by Robert P. George

Contemporary liberal thinkers commonly suppose that there is something in principle unjust about the legal prohibition of putatively victimless crimes. Here Robert P. George defends the traditional justification of morals legislation against criticisms advanced by leading liberal theorists. He argues that such legislation can play a legitimate role in maintaining a moral environment conducive to virtue and inhospitable to at least some forms of vice. Among the liberal critics of morals legislation whose views George considers are Ronald Dworkin, Jeremy Waldron, David A.J. Richards, and Joseph Raz. He also considers the influential modern justification for morals legislation offered by Patrick Devlin as an alternative to the traditional approach. George closes with a sketch of a "pluralistic perfectionist" theory of civil liberties and public morality, showing that it is fully compatible with a defense of morals legislation. Making Men Moral will interest legal scholars and political theorists as well as theologians and philosophers focusing on questions of social justice and political morality.

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ISBN-13: 9780198254249
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/21/1993
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.69(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Robert P. George, Associate Professor of Politics, Princeton University

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