Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists

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For years, moral language has been the province of the Right, as the Left has consoled itself with rudderless pragmatism. In this profound and powerful book, Susan Neiman reclaims the vocabulary of morality--good and evil, heroism and nobility--as a lingua franca for the twenty-first century. In constructing a framework for taking responsible action on today's urgent questions, Neiman reaches back to the eighteenth century, retrieving a series of values--happiness, reason, reverence, and hope--held high by Enlightenment thinkers. In this thoroughly updated edition, Neiman reflects on how the moral language of the 2008 presidential campaign has opened up new political and cultural possibilities in America and beyond.


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A New York Times Notable Book of 2008

"Deep and important. . . . Neiman's particular skill lies in expressing sensitivity, intelligence and moral seriousness without any hint of oversimplification, dogmatism or misplaced piety. She clearly and unflinchingly sees life as it is, but also sees how it might be, and could be, if we recaptured some of the hopes and ideals that currently escape us." --Simon Blackburn, New York Times

"The problem with our liberal elites, [Neiman] insists, is lame metaphysics--a lack of philosophical nerve. . . . Neiman is a subtle and energetic guide . . . [who] writes with verve and sometimes epigrammatic wit." --Gary Rosen, Wall Street Journal

"Susan Neiman is a masterly storyteller. . . . [Her] retellings of the Odyssey and the Book of Job . . . are themselves worth the price of admission." --K. Anthony Appiah, Slate

"[ Moral Clarity] is concerned with the task of making philosophy timely and accessible again. . . . [A] lucid and impassioned study." --Richard Wolin, Dissent

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‘fresh and exhilarating, inspiring optimism rather than recrimination…a rallying cry to return to Enlightenment values – not as heritage kitsch but as a process we are still undergoing, a demand we have yet to answer.’ - The Guardian, Jane O’Grady

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Book Description Harcourt, Inc., Orlando, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Fourth printing.. 467 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. PHILOSOPHY. Susan Neiman is a moral philosopher committed to making the tools of her trade relevant to real life. In Moral Clarity, she shows how resurrecting a moral vocabularyÑgood and evil, heroism and nobilityÑcan steer us clear of the dogmas of the right and the helpless pragmatism of the left. In search of a framework for forming clear opinions and taking responsible action on today's urgent political and social questions, Neiman reaches back to the eighteenth century, retrieving a set of virtuesÑhappiness, reason, reverence, and hopeÑthat were held high by every Enlightenment thinker. She shows that the pursuit of moral clarity is not a matter of religious faith but is open to all who are committed to these ideals, believers and nonbelievers alike. And she draws on literature, evolutionarytheory, and other contemporary research to show why, by keeping before us the distinction between the real and the possible, these ideals continue to guide and inspire. (Key Words: Susan Neiman, Philosophy, Ethics, Good, Evil, Hope, Happiness, Voltaire, Torture, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reason, Nazism, Alexander Pope, Immanuel Kant, Metaphysics, Job, Thomas Hobbes, Daniel Ellsberg, Enlightenment, George W. Bush, Deism, Abraham). book. Bookseller Inventory # 51374X3

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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Contents Introduction 1 PART ONE Ideal and Real 1. American Dreams 25 2. Ideals and Ideology 48 3. Facing Gallows 79 PART TWO Enlightenment Values 4. Myths or Monsters 107 5. Heaven and Earth 124 6. Happiness 150 7. Reason 177 8. Reverence 215 9. Hope 242 PART THREE Good and Evil 10.The Odyssey:An Excursion 289 11. What about Evil? 325 12. Enlightenment Heroes 372 13. Moral Clarity 415 Acknowledgments 431 Bibliographical Notes 433 Bibliography 441 Permissions Acknowledgments 451 Index 453. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151011974

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