Rights and Goods
Justifying Social Action Reprinted edition
By (author) Virginia Held
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Rights and Goods by Virginia Held
Book DescriptionTheories of justice, argues Virginia Held, are usually designed for a perfect, hypothetical world. They do not give us guidelines for living in an imperfect world in which the choices and decisions that we must make are seldom clear-cut. Seeking a morality based on actual experience, Held offers a method of inquiry with which to deal with the specific moral problems encountered in daily life. She argues that the division between public and private morality is misleading and shows convincingly that moral judgment should be contextual. She maps out different approaches and positions for various types of issues, including membership in a state, legal decisions, political activities, economic transactions, interpersonal relations, diplomacy, journalism, and determining our obligation to future generations. Issues such as these provide the true test of moral theory, since its success is seen in the willingness ofconscientious persons to commit themselves to it by acting on it in their daily lives. "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226325880
(230mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1989
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Virginia Held
How Terrorism is Wrong, Paperback (March 2011)
How Terrorism is Wrong collects articles by Virginia Held along with much new material. It offers a moral assessment of various forms of political violence, with terrorism the focus of much of the discussion.
Justice and Care, Paperback (October 1995)
This compact anthology traces the exploration of the relationship between the ideals of justice and care--a discussion at the core of contemporary feminist ethics. In addition to compiling the most influential previously published work, Justice and Care offers two important new chapters by Alison Jaggar and Sara Ruddick.
Feminist Morality, Paperback (September 1993)» View all books by Virginia Held
This book explores how feminist theory is changing contemporary views of moral choice. It proposes a philosophy of feminist ethics, arguing for reconceptualizations of the self; of relations between the self and others; and of images of birth and death, nurturing and violence.
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Author Biography - Virginia Held
Virginia Held is professor of philosophy at the City University of New York, Graduate School and Hunter College. She is the author of "The Public Interest and Individual Interests," coauthor of "Women's Realities, Women's Choices," and editor of "Property, Profits, and Economic Justice," among other works.
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