Essays on Political Morality

Paperback | October 1, 1998

byHare, R. M.

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R. M. Hare, one of the most widely discussed of today's moral philosophers, presents a selection of essays in which he brings ethical theory lucidly to bear on moral problems arising in politics. He examines our obligation to obey the law; the limits of legitimate lawbreaking, civil violence,and war; rights of various sorts and their supposed conflict with utility; justice, distributive and retributive; and care of the environment. His arguments are amply illustrated by specific examples. The volume substantiates the author's claim that help with such problems can be found inphilosophy, and particularly in his own ethical theory, which draws together the best insights of Kant and utilitarians.

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R. M. Hare, one of the most widely discussed of today's moral philosophers, presents a selection of essays in which he brings ethical theory lucidly to bear on moral problems arising in politics. He examines our obligation to obey the law; the limits of legitimate lawbreaking, civil violence,and war; rights of various sorts and their s...

R. M. Hare, FBA, was White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford from 1966 to 1983, and Graduate Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Florida, Gainesville, thereafter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. The Role of Philosophers in the Legislative Process2. Political Obligation3. Rebellion4. On Terrorism5. Rules of War and Moral Reasoning6. Philosophy and Practice: Some Issues about War and Peace7. Rights, Utility, and Universalization8. Utility and Rights9. Arguing about Rights10. Liberty and Equality: How Politics Masquerades as Philosophy11. The Rights of Employees12. What is Wrong with Slavery13. Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity in South Africa?14. Justice and Equality15. Punishment and Retributive Justice16. Contrasting Methods of Environmental Planning17. Moral Reasoning about the EnvironmentReferences and BibliographyIndex