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Motivating Political Morality

ISBN: 978-1-55786-332-4
208 pages
August 1992, Wiley-Blackwell
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Knowing what is the right thing to do is one thing. bringing yourself to do it is often quite another. This book is addressed to those who ask, 'Why should I be moral?' It explores strategies and tactics for evoking moral responses from people, especially in political contexts where so much is at stake.
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Introduction.

1. Motives, Moral and Otherwise.

Part I: The Moral Tack:.

2. Reciprocity and the Duty of Fair Play.

3. Uncertainty and Impartiality.

4. Non-exploitation.

Part II: The Political Tack:.

5. Extending the Franchise.

6. Entrenched Rights and Constitutional Restraints.

7. Publicity, Accountability and Discursive Defensibility.

Part III: Conclusions:.

8. Infusing Morality into Politics.

9. Taking Morality out of Politics.

References.
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Robert E. Goodin taught government at the University of Essex for eleven years before becoming Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the Australian National University's Research School of Social Sciences. Sometime co-editor of the British Journal of Political Science, Goodin has for the past decade served as Associate Editor of the journal Ethics. He is author of, most recently, Reasons for Welfare and No Smoking and, together with Philip Pettit, is editing the Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy.
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* Robert Goodin is a well-known and well regarded author.
* Aims to give an overiew and to contextualise the subject.
* Accessible and jargon-free.
* Robert Goodin is a well-known and well regarded author.
* Aims to give an overiew and to contextualise the subject.
* Accessible and jargon-free.
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".a splendid tract detailing some of the arguments by which we can persuade people to act morally." Times Higher Education Supplement
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