Morality, Politics, and Law

Paperback | January 1, 1993

byMichael J. Perry

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Addressing the proper relation of moral and religious belief to politics and law, especially constitutional law, Perry here discusses whether a common moral foundation exists that is capable of providing, in a diverse social system like ours, consistent guidelines for handling divisivepolitical, policy, religious and constitutional disputes. His study represents a distinctive position in the vast and growing literature on the moral foundations of liberal political and legal life.

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'This book deals insightfully with fundamental issues: the possibility of moral knowledge and discourse, the relation between the state and its citizens; the nature of constitutional interpretation and the place of the judiciary in developing our moral traditions.... Perry writes with economy but with fervor, connecting philosophy, law...

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Addressing the proper relation of moral and religious belief to politics and law, especially constitutional law, Perry here discusses whether a common moral foundation exists that is capable of providing, in a diverse social system like ours, consistent guidelines for handling divisivepolitical, policy, religious and constitutional dis...

Michael J. Perry is at Northwestern University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.87 inPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195064569

ISBN - 13:9780195064568

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'This book deals insightfully with fundamental issues: the possibility of moral knowledge and discourse, the relation between the state and its citizens; the nature of constitutional interpretation and the place of the judiciary in developing our moral traditions.... Perry writes with economy but with fervor, connecting philosophy, law, and religion in a way that is both challenging and alarming.' - Robert F. Nagel, University of Colorado.

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"Michael Perry shows that liberal commitments to individual rights, constitutionalism, judicial review, and toleration of differences among groups can all be grounded in a naturalist conception of human flourishing and moral reasoning. The naturalist approach to politics and law that Perryoutlines constitutes a significant alternative to social contract and utilitarian justifications of liberal commitments. Morality, Politics, and Law is an important, well-argued, honest and refreshing contribution to our ongoing constitutional dialogue. Its naturalist perspective should facilitategenuine growth in our constitutional community."--Robin West, University of Maryland