The Politics of Moralizing

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Jane Bennett, Michael J. Shapiro
Psychology Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 248 pages
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The Politics of Moralizing issues a stern warning about the risks of speaking, writing, and thinking in a manner too confident about one's own judgments and asks, "Can a clear line be drawn between dogmatism and simple certainty and indignation?" Bennett and Shapiro enter the debate by questioning what has become a popular, even pervasive, cultural narrative told by both the left and the right: the story of the West's moral decline, degeneration, or confusion. Contributors explore the dynamics and dilemmas of moralizing by advocates of patriotism, environmental protection, and women's rights while arguing that the current discourse gives free license to self-aggrandizement, cruelty, vengeance and punitiveness and a generalized resistance to or abjection of diversity.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER ONE
11
CHAPTER TWO
27
CHAPTER THREE
63
CHAPTER FOUR
93
CHAPTER SIX
141
CHAPTER SEVEN
183
CHAPTER EIGHT
201
CHAPTER NINE
223
CONTRIBUTORS
243
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Michael Shapiro is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii. Jane Bennett is Professor of Political Science at Goucher College.

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