Title Moral Clarity: A Guide For Grown-up Idealists.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book.
Edition First Edition. Fourth printing.
Publisher Harcourt, Inc., Orlando: 2008.
0151011974 / 9780151011971
Seller ID 51374X3
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.
(Key Words: Susan Neiman, Philosophy, Ethics, Good, Evil, Hope, Happiness, Voltaire, Torture, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reason, Nazism, Alexander Pope, Immanuel Kant, Metaphysics, Job, Thomas Hobbes, Daniel Ellsberg, Enlightenment, George W. Bush, Deism, Abraham).