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The Morals of Modernity

The Morals of Modernity

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Part of Modern European Philosophy

  • Date Published: March 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521497725

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  • The essays collected in this volume all explore the problem of the relation between moral philosophy and modernity. The book argues against recent attempts to return to the virtue-centered perspective of ancient Greek ethics. As well as exploring the differences between ancient and modern ethics, the author treats such topics as the roles of reason and history in our moral understanding, the inadequacy of philosophical naturalism, and the foundations of modern liberalism. These essays will be of interest both to professional scholars and to general readers concerned with ethics and politics.

    • Larmore is a well-known philosopher whose earlier book for Cambridge still sells well
    • Presents discussion of important contemporary philosophers such as Rawls, Habermas, Williams and Rorty
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    "...advances several important new proposals, especially regarding political liberalism and moral epistemology. The Morals of Modernity is a book rich in ideas." Joel Anderson, The Philosophical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521497725
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Modern Ethics:
    1. The right and the good
    2. Beyond religion and enlightenment
    3. The secret philosophy of Leo Strauss
    Part II. Beyond Naturalism:
    4. Nietzsche's legacy
    5. Moral knowledge
    Part III. Liberalism and Modernity:
    6. Political liberalism
    7. Pluralism and reasonable disagreement
    8. Carl Schmitt's critique of liberal democracy
    9. Modernity and the disunity of reason
    10. The foundation of modern democracy: reflections on Jurgen Habermas.

  • Author

    Charles Larmore, Columbia University, New York

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