Political morality concerns what programs and policies government ought to adopt. What would this morality look like in a disenchanted world, one in which rationality prevails? The enchanted world is extensive, including not just religion but traditional morality.
In this book, Edmund Abegg constructs a coherent path that leads from abstract psychological and moral theory to ideal political and economic scenarios and then to their real-world applications, which for him are in terms of national political goals. These goals, individual autonomy and welfare, function as political morality in this new framework in place of traditional mythical ideas such as justice. Descriptive chapters on our current world indicate that these goals are in play, if only partly.
Concerning these national moral-political goals, which may be domestic or international, the crucial distinction he seeks to establish is between aggregated or big-picture goals and individualized goals. The latter are typically seen as establishing individual rights.
This book establishes a framework that clarifies important public policy issues in a way not possible if a jungle growth of myth envelopes our efforts with confusion and unnecessary controversies.
Publisher: University Press of America
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 234 x 158 x 26 mm
This is an ambitious, comprehensive, and very impressive book. In Political Morality in a Disenchanted World, Edmund Abegg draws out the implications of accepting moral non-realism. . . . Along the way, believers in the disenchanted world (naturalistic cosmos) will find a psychologized and non-deontological ethics, a careful examination of freedom versus welfare, and a rejection of the mythical principles of justice and equality. This book, cogently argued and fair in its assessments, will interest not only naturalists, but non-naturalists and social theorists across a wide spectrum. -- Richard Double, professor emeritus, philosophy, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Political Morality in a Disenchanted World is an impressive effort to place moral and political life on a firm but realistic foundation, one that is less vulnerable than traditional moral foundations to appropriation by dogmatists for purposes that too often turn violent or exploitative. -- Sharon R. Krause, Professor of Political Science, Brown University