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Beyond Neutrality
Perfectionism and Politics

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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511822476

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  • Many people, including many contemporary philosophers, believe that the state has no business trying to improve people's characters, or elevate their tastes, or prevent them from living degraded lives. They believe that governments should remain absolutely neutral when it comes to the consideration of competing conceptions of the good. One fundamental aim of George Sher's book is to show that this view is indefensible. A second complementary aim is to articulate a conception of the good that is worthy of promotion by the state.

    • Major topic in political theory offering a defence of a contentious theory
    • Clearly written and easy to follow
    • Author is established figure with high reputation in the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Sher is consitently deliberate, judicious, and fair to the positions he discusses, avoiding overstatement of his case or the use of contrived arguments." D.J. Maletz, Choice

    "...Sher's book offers a useful contribution to debate..." David Kahane, Philosophy in Review

    "...Beyond Neutrality will surely direct future debate over the priority of the right. It is also a good book for an advanced course on the legal enforcement of morality." Chris Naticchia, The Philosophical Review

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511822476
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The principle of neutrality
    3. Autonomy and neutrality (1)
    4. Autonomy and neutrality (2)
    5. Prophylactic neutrality
    6. Knowing about the good
    7. Three grades of social involvement
    8. Against subjectivism
    9. Perfectionism: a theory
    10. Conclusion.

  • Author

    George Sher, Rice University, Houston

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