The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World (Paperback)
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The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 26/04/2019
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Winner of the Zocalo Book Prize A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "Combines powerful moral arguments with superb storytelling." -New Statesman What moral values do we hold in common? As globalization draws us together economically, are the things we value converging or diverging? These twin questions led Michael Ignatieff to embark on a three-year, eight-nation journey in search of an answer. What we share, he found, are what he calls "ordinary virtues": tolerance, forgiveness, trust, and resilience. When conflicts break out, these virtues are easily exploited by the politics of fear and exclusion, reserved for one's own group but denied to others. Yet these ordinary virtues are the key to healing and reconciliation on both a local and global scale. "Makes for illuminating reading." -Simon Winchester, New York Review of Books "Engaging, articulate and richly descriptive... Ignatieff's deft histories, vivid sketches and fascinating interviews are the soul of this important book." -Times Literary Supplement "Deserves praise for wrestling with the devolution of our moral worlds over recent decades." -Los Angeles Review of Books

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674237490
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 203 x 133 mm


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Michael Ignatieff has long served as a bellwether of liberal internationalism, and what he has to say is important in itself and a reflection of a temperament evolving in time. Ignatieff's writerly gifts make reading The Ordinary Virtues a wonderful experience, whether one agrees or not with the contentious thesis he advances about virtue ethics and human rights. Readers interested in global politics cannot afford to miss this intervention.--Samuel Moyn, author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History
Ignatieff combines powerful moral arguments with superb storytelling. There are unforgettable accounts of the massacres in the former Yugoslavia and how people try to live with memories of loss and--perhaps even harder--with neighbors who were among the perpetrators...What is perhaps most interesting about The Ordinary Virtues is the contrast between the hopes and aspirations of the 1990s and the realities of the early 21st century.-- (10/20/2017)
[Ignatieff] has never been afraid to ask the big questions. And as his new book The Ordinary Virtues shows, he is no less willing to take them on today. His question is whether, just as globalization has brought different economies closer together, it has also made our ethical codes more similar.-- (11/14/2017)
This is a work of a statesman at the height of his powers...Ignatieff makes his case, lucidly, vividly, persuasively...This book has the potential to make as big a wave in the field of human rights and global ethics as After Virtue did in the philosophical and theological academy. At a time of much confusion, paralysis, and despair, few hands on the global tiller are as sure as those of Ignatieff.-- (05/15/2018)
Ignatieff long has been seen as one of the principal theoreticians of human rights, a task to which he has devoted his career since reporting on the Bosnian Civil War in the late 1990s... He deserves praise for wrestling with the devolution of our moral worlds over recent decades... [In] The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World, Ignatieff betrays an admirable recognition of the poverty of our moral politics today.--Patrick William Kelly"Los Angeles Review of Books" (06/07/2018)
Michael Ignatieff is an exceptionally distinguished historian, journalist, and thinker. The Ordinary Virtues is an engrossing, creative, and elegantly written addition to his other excellent books. Considering a globalizing world troubled by terrible inequality, Ignatieff makes a moral argument by illustration, with sophistication enough for trained political theorists as well as a real-world engagement that gives the work heft.--Gary Bass, Princeton University

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