The Decline of Mercy in Public Life

The Decline of Mercy in Public Life

by Alex Tuckness, John M. Parrish


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107661134
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/06/2015
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Alex Tuckness is a professor at Iowa State University within the departments of political science and philosophy. He is the author of Locke and the Legislative Point of View (2002).

John M. Parrish is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the University Honors Program at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of Paradoxes of Political Ethics: From Dirty Hands to the Invisible Hand (Cambridge, 2007).

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Mercy and Politics outside the Western Christian Tradition: 1. Mercy and justice in Buddhist, Islamic, and Eastern Orthodox thought; 2. Mercy and the ancient defense of honor; Part II. Mercy and Justice in the Western Christian Tradition: 3. Mercy as charity in Augustine and early Christian thought; 4. Christian mercy from Anselm to Calvin; Part III. Modern Liberalism and the Decline of Mercy: 5. The primacy of the political in modern natural law; 6. The rise of utilitarianism and the return of retributivism; Part IV. Mercy and Impartiality in the Utilitarian and Kantian Traditions: 7. Mercy as cruelty in Bentham and the utilitarian tradition; 8. Mercy as injustice in Kant and the retributivist tradition; Part V. Mercy and Justice Today: 9. The meanings of mercy; 10. The case for mercy.

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