Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics (Hardback)
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Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics (Hardback)

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Hardback 268 Pages / Published: 13/01/1997
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Many people, including many contemporary philosophers, believe that the state has no business trying to improve people's characters, elevating their tastes, or preventing 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. The first part of the book analyses attempts to ground the neutrality thesis in the value of autonomy, respect for autonomy, the dangers of a non-neutral state, and scepticism about the good. The second part defends an objective conception of the good which remains sensitive to some of the considerations that make subjectivism attractive.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521570688
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"...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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