Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008 - 467 sayfa
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Susan Neiman is a moral philosopher committed to making the tools of her trade relevant to real life. In "Moral Clarity, "she shows how resurrecting a moral vocabulary--"good "and "evil, heroism "and "nobility"--can steer us clear of the dogmas of the right and the helpless pragmatism of the left. In search of a framework for forming clear opinions and taking responsible action on today's urgent political and social questions, Neiman reaches back to the eighteenth century, retrieving a set of virtues--happiness, reason, reverence, and hope--that were held high by every Enlightenment thinker. She shows that the pursuit of moral clarity is not a matter of religious faith but is open to all who are committed to these ideals, believers and nonbelievers alike. And she draws on literature, evolutionarytheory, and other contemporary research to show why, by keeping before us the distinction between the real and the possible, these ideals continue to guide and inspire.
 

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Introduction
1
Ideal and Real
23
American Dreams
25
Ideals and Ideology
48
Facing Gallows
79
Enlightenment Values
105
Myths or Monsters
107
Heaven and Earth
124
Good and Evil
287
The Odyssey An Excursion
289
What about Evil?
325
Enlightenment Heroes
372
Moral Clarity
415
Acknowledgments
431
Bibliographical Notes
433
Bibliography
441

Happiness
150
Reason
177
Reverence
215
Hope
242
Permissions Acknowledgments
451
Index
453
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SUSAN NEIMAN is an American philosopher who has taught at Yale University, Tel Aviv University, and the Humboldt University of Berlin, and is currently director of the Einstein Forum. She is the author of three previous books, most recently Evil in Modern Thought. She lives in Berlin.

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