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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Review of Gabriele Taylor, Deadly Vices. Vicez might say that the former vulgarian, but not the latter, is necessarily misinformed. Engineers and Active Responsibility. Sign in Create an account.
The connection works in the other direction, too: Shklar, in other words, defends a classical jdith, melioristic, utilitarian position. Hypocritical and limited in scope; the vices that she describes need expansion.
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. Amihud Gilead – – Philosophia 43 2: Cesare Beccaria and the Cruelty of Liberalism: Ordinary Vices Judith N.
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Paul rated it really liked it Aug 06, Kerry rated it really liked it Feb 19, Return to Book Page. Are there really no evils inherent i Interesting, but often wayward, discussion of a peculiar set of human vices.
Yet putting cruelty first, while admitting that no government or group or individual can do without it, inevitably raises inner tensions and foments the most universally scorned modern vice, hypocrisy. 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.
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