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Moral Literacy by Barbara Herman
Book DescriptionA distinguished moral philosopher and a leading interpreter of Kant's ethics, Barbara Herman draws on Kant to address timeless issues in ethical theory as well as ones arising from current moral problems, such as obligations to distant need, the history of slavery as it bears on affirmative action, and the moral costs of reparative justice. Challenging various Kantian orthodoxies, Herman offers a view of moral competency as a complex achievement, governed by rational norms and dependent on supportive social conditions. She argues that the objectivity of duties and obligations does not rule out the possibility of or need for moral invention. Her goal is not to revise Kant but to explore the issues and ask the questions that he did not consider. Some of the essays involve explicit interpretation of Kant, and others are prompted by ground-level questions. For example, how should we think about moral character given what we know about the fault lines in normal development? If ordinary moral life is saturated by the content of local institutions, how should our accounts of moral obligation and judgment accommodate this?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674030527
(235mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Barbara Herman
Scent and Subversion, Hardback (October 2013)
An intriguing look at vintage perfume's powerful past, including reviews of more than 300 scents, with stunning period advertisements throughout.
Reclaiming the History of Ethics, Paperback (May 2008)
The essays in this volume offer an approach to the history of moral and political philosophy that takes its inspiration from John Rawls.
Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy, Paperback (November 2000)
A collection of the lectures on moral philosophy given by John Rawls over three decades of teaching at Harvard. This book looks at thinkers such as Leibniz, Hume and Kant, in their struggle to define the role of a moral conception in human life.
Practice of Moral Judgment, Paperback (April 1996)» View all books by Barbara Herman
This work argues for a radical shift in the way in which we perceive Kant's ethics. It finds the central idea of Kantian ethics not in duty, but in practical rationality as a norm of unconditioned goodness.
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Author Biography - Barbara Herman
Barbara Herman is Griffin Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Practice of Moral Judgment (Harvard).
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