Actual Ethics

By James R. Otteson

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Actual Ethics offers a moral defense of the 'classical liberal' political tradition and applies it to several of today's vexing moral and political issues. James Otteson argues that a Kantian conception of personhood and an Aristotelian conception of judgment are compatible and even complementary. He shows why they are morally attractive, and perhaps most controversially, when combined, they imply a limited, classical liberal political state. Otteson then addresses several contemporary problems - wealth and poverty, public education, animal welfare, and affirmative action - and shows how each can be plausibly addressed within the Kantian, Aristotelian and classical liberal framework. Written in clear, engaging, and jargon-free prose, Actual Ethics will give students and general audiences an overview of a powerful and rich moral and political tradition that they might not otherwise consider.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> Ethics

Actual Ethics
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 6/19/06
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511223226
ISBN 13: 9780511223228
Print ISBN: 9780521862714

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