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Paradoxes of political ethics : from dirty hands to the invisible hand

Author: John M Parrish
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How do the hard facts of political responsibility shape and constrain the demands of ethical life? That question lies at the heart of the problem of 'dirty hands' in public life. Those who exercise political power often feel they must act in ways which would otherwise be considered immoral: indeed paradoxically, they sometimes feel it would be immoral of them not to perform or condone such acts as killing or lying.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John M Parrish
ISBN: 9780521873550 052187355X 9780521122924 0521122929
OCLC Number: 187290968
Description: xi, 283 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: For the sake of the city --
Two cities and two loves --
Renaissance dilemmas --
Hobbes's choice --
Dirty hands commercialized --
How dirty hands become invisible: Adam Smith's solution.
Responsibility: John M. Parrish.
Local System Bib Number:
341290

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How do the facts of political responsibility shape and constrain the demands of ethical life?  Read more...
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Review of the hardback: 'Good books on the history of political thought achieve two things. They enhance our understanding of how certain political concepts developed through a historical period and Read more...

 
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