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ORDINARY VICES by Judith N. Shklar. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press , Pp. This handsomely produced book is not quite as satisfying to. The seven deadly sins of Christianity represent the abysses of character, whereas Shklar’s “ordinary vices”–cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, and. Judith Shklar’s Ordinary Vices is a wise, clever, thoughtful book about the danger and the value of various personal vices – cruelty, hypocrisy.

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Please provide an email address. Joshua rated it really liked it Oct 31, The ambiguities of betrayal.

Machiavelli and the Standard Dirty Hands Thesis. Ronnie rated it liked it Nov 17, Adam Kadlac – – Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 2: Her masterpiece, and a must-read for anyone concerned with either American political philosophy or the history of shkllar. Trivia About Ordinary Vices. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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A few worthwhile thoughts scattered, but no real sustained attempt at persuasion that these vices cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, misanthropy ought to be avoided above all others. Sincerity, Solidarity, and Deliberative Commitment. Paperbackpages. The connection works in the other direction, too: Shklar draws from a brilliant array of writers–Moliere and Dickens on hypocrisy, Jane Austen on snobbery, Shakespeare and Montesquieu on misanthropy, Hawthorne and Nietzsche on cruelty, Conrad and Faulkner on betrayal–to reveal the nature and effects of the vices.


Tessy rated it it was amazing Dec 12, Stephen Aberle rated it it was ok Mar 18, The seven deadly sins of Christianity represent the abysses of character, whereas Shklar’s “ordinary vices”–cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, and misanthropy–are merely treacherous shoals, flawing our characters with mean-spiritedness and inhumanity.

Shklar draws from a brilliant array of writers–Moliere To all this Shklar says a firm No, insisting that we must combat cruelty as our worst enemy, because it engenders fear, which ia the “”ultimately evil moral condition”” and makes it nearly impossible to avoid other, lesser vices. Graydon rated it really liked it Feb 06, Political Ethics in Applied Ethics. Nick Geiser rated it really liked it Dec 01, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Return to Book Page. But few political philosophers have her clean prose style, her broad range of literary reference, and her relentless logic. Confucianism, Democracy, and the Virtue of Deference. Aaron Stalnaker – – Dao: Professor Shklar asks how important they are; which are worse than others; what they can positively do for society, and how their meanings differ from one society to another. Michael Moriarty – – Oxford University Press. Chris rated it it was amazing May 05, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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It also explains and in a fairly unassertive style defends a certain view of society and politics, a liberal view, in terms of which these vices can be ordered and understood. She examines their destructive effects, the ambiguities of the moral problems they pose to the liberal ethos, and their implications for government and citizens: Mar 25, Elizabeth added it.

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Review of Gabriele Taylor, Deadly Vices. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your ordiary does not provide a proxy. Harvard University Press Amazon. Amihud Gilead – – Philosophia 43 2: Are there really no evils inherent in attempts to eliminate these behaviors?


Meditations for modern liberals: Shklar No preview available – Ordinary Vices Judith N. Interesting, but often wayward, discussion of a peculiar set of human vices. Yet putting cruelty first, while admitting that no government or group oordinary individual can do without it, inevitably raises inner tensions and foments the most universally scorned modern vice, hypocrisy.