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Respect, Pluralism and Justice

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Thomas E. HillKenan Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

ISBN13: 9780198238355
ISBN: 0198238355
Published: June 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Respect, Pluralism, and Justice is a series of essays which sketch a broadly Kantian framework for moral deliberation, and then use it to address important social and political issues. What does it mean to respect humanity in a diverse world? Must respect be earned, and can it be forfeited? How, and why, should the state punish law-breakers? When, if ever, is political violence justified? How far are we responsible for the consequences of our misdeeds? How can liberals;justify coercive state power in a world of diverse moral and religious beliefs? How far can we rely on conscience when it conflicts with authority? Although critical of Kant's extreme position on particular issues, Hill suggests ways to develop a Kantian approach that would emphasize the need for mutually;respectful dialogue, appreciation of diversity, and sensitivity to particular contexts. In this lucid exploratory work Hill integrates the theoretical and the practical, allowing each to illuminate the other. He not only develops and extends Kantian ethical theory, but shows the role that it can play in our society.

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PART I. ELEMENTS OF A KANTIAN PERSPECTIVE; 1. Kantian Pluralism; 2. A Kantian Perspective on Moral Rules
PART II: RESPECT FOR HUMANITY; 3. Basic Respect and Cultural Diversity; 4. Must Respect be Earned?; 5. Donagan's Kant
PART III: JUSTICE AND RESPONSES TO WRONGDOING; 6. Kant on Responsibility for Consequences; 7. Kant on Punishment: A Coherent Mix of Deterrence and Retribution?; 8. A Kantian Perspective on Political Violence; 9. The Problem of Stability in Political Liberalism; 10. Conscience and Authority; Bibliography; Index