Vices, Virtues, and Consequences
Essays in Moral and Political Philosophy
The volume begins with an overview of modern Anglo-American moral philosophy and critiques the work of contemporary thinkers—specifically Alasdair MacIntyre and John Rawls—and the work of historical thinkers such as Machiavelli, Kant, and Hobbes. The author then explores ancient and medieval sources, and applies their concepts to discussions of modern problems.
The book closes with chapters that discuss the direct consequences of contemporary vices in both thought and action, in particular the vice of failing to educate the morals of citizens. Simpson rejects the contemporary liberal dogma that political authority should not be involved in the moral education of citizens. Violence in Northern Ireland and the crime of abortion are among the issues discussed.
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"Simpson's application of his view to the current crisis in liberal culture is clear, consistent, and timely."—Prof. Nicholas Capaldi, University of Tulsa
"It is a rare pleasure to read a book that combines the elegance and rigour of the best of analytic philosophy with the imaginative breadth and radical seriousness of some of its rivals."—Heythrop Journal
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