The Challenge of Politics
By (author) Professor C. A. J. Coady
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Messy Morality by Professor C. A. J. Coady
Book DescriptionTony Coady explores the challenges that morality poses to politics. He confronts the complex intellectual tradition known as realism, which seems to deny any relevance of morality to politics, especially international politics. He argues that, although realism has many serious faults, it has lessons to teach us: in particular, it cautions us against the dangers of moralism in thinking about politics and particularly foreign affairs. Morality must not be confused with moralism: Coady characterizes various forms of moralism and sketches their distorting influence on a realistic political morality. He seeks to restore the concept of ideals to an important place in philosophical discussion, and to give it a particular pertinence in the discussion of politics. He deals with the fashionable idea of 'dirty hands', according to which good politics will necessarily involve some degree of moral taint or corruption. Finally, he examines the controversial issue of the role of lying and deception in politics. Along the way Coady offers illuminating discussion of historical and current political controversies. This lucid book will provoke and stimulate anyone interested in the interface of morality and politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199212088
(211mm x 142mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Professor C. A. J. Coady
Morality and Political Violence, Paperback (October 2007)
In this book, Coady brings a philosophical and ethical perspective to the subject of political violence.
What's Wrong with Moralism?, Paperback (June 2006)
* This thought-provoking book looks at what people mean when they accuse others of being "moralistic". * Written by an international team of philosophers. * Analyses what the "vice" of moralism might be and contrasts this with a genuine concern for morality.
Testimony, Paperback (October 1994)» View all books by Professor C. A. J. Coady
The role of testimony in the getting of reliable belief or knowledge is a central but neglected epistemological issue. In this work of original philosophy, Professor Coady explores the nature of testimony and the philosophical debates about it, in order to show how it might be defended as a source of knowledge.
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Author Biography - Professor C. A. J. Coady
C. A. J. Coady is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. He also founded and became director of the Centre for Philosophy and Public Issues, the first centre in Australia to be concerned with broad issues of philosophy and public affairs. His research areas include political violence, terrorism, and just war theory.
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