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Essays on Political Morality

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ISBN13: 9780198249948
ISBN: 0198249942
Published: June 1998
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

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 in philosophy, and particularly in his own ethical theory, which draws together the best insights of Kant and utilitarians.

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1. The Role of Philosophers in the Legislative Process
2. Political Obligation
3. Rebellion
4. On Terrorism
5. Rules of War and Moral Reasoning
6. Philosophy and Practice: Some Issues about War and Peace
7. Rights, Utility, and Universalization
8. Utility and Rights
9. Arguing about Rights
10. Liberty and Equality: How Politics Masquerades as Philosophy
11. The Rights of Employees
12. What is Wrong with Slavery
13. Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity in South Africa?
14. Justice and Equality
15. Punishment and Retributive Justice
16. Contrasting Methods of Environmental Planning
17. Moral Reasoning about the Environment
References and Bibliography