by Avishai Margalit, translated by Naomi Goldblum The Decent Society is both a commentary on, and an alternative to, our prevailing. Review of the Book The Decent Society, A. Margalit, [REVIEW]W. J. Witteveen – – Nexus Review of The Decent Society by Avishai Margalit. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Avishai Margalit: The Decent Society. | The title of this book will surely pique the interest of political philosophers who.
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Popular passages Page 12 – And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. This book, written jointly with the writer and journalist Ian Buruma originated in a article in the New York Review of Books.
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Duties of memory exist, he claims, with regard to our ethical relationships, namely the “thick” relationships we have with the members of our tribe, family, nation and circle of te — namely, those with whom we have a shared history. Also inhe started teaching as an assistant professor at the philosophy department of the Hebrew University where he stayed throughout his academic career, climbing the ladder of academic promotions.
For this reason this book should be given to the most powerful leaders and to the politicians in more unfortunate economies as well. Occidentalism is a avisgai that influences many, often conflicting, ideologies. Have you ever pondered the question, What is a decent society? Yet, the exact nature of what it means to be margapit a reason to feel humiliated, versus being caused to feel humiliated is a bit murky.
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Betrayal, Margalit says, is an essentially contested concept, “that is to say, in marglait its uses the concept of traitor is always subject to dispute along ideological lines” To save the welfare state, we need to be reminded why we created one, which Margalit effectively does. Boundaries Between Business and Politics: Margalit begins concretely where we live, with all the infuriating acts of humiliation that make living in the world so difficult.
During his years of study he worked as an instructor in a youth village, working with immigrant children who arrived with the mass wave of immigration in the s.
We should get rid of cruelty first, advocated Judith Shklar. Bob rated it liked it Apr 06, The Decent Society is a serious contribution to moral philosophy. Witteveen – – Nexus socoety Ships from and sold by Amazon.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Return to Book Page. In general, memory is not regarded as a moral concern: Discover Prime Book Box for Defent. So betrayal is the flip side of fraternity” 2.
Shishene rated it liked it Apr margwlit, In he participated in the founding of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, and in he belonged to the first group margslit leaders of Peace Now.
So he offers a wealth of illustrative example, from history, contemporary life, and literature. The difference between a traitor worthy of contempt and a whistleblower worthy of applause, Margalit says, consists in the righteousness of their cause and the purity of their motives. When one of the loyalties is morally undeserved, the actor is either an uncontestable hero Willy Brandt is an example or an uncontestable traitor eg Benedict Arnold.
This is a social philosophy that resists all those menacing labels that promote moral laziness, just as it urges us to get beyond the behavior that labels other human beings. These networks are constituted, in part, of particular people who remember the past and whose job it is to deal with it, like historians, archivists and journalists, and also of the idea that the large social network connects us all.
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University of California Press, Thick relations provide individuals with a sense of meaning and belonging, an orientation in the world, a home. Margalit shows that decency is a strong moral concept in its own right.
Review A aviwhai book. Find it on Scholar. The argument of the book assigns great value to the spirit of compromise in politics, while warning against rotten ones.
In contrast to the elusiveness of the abstract notion of human dignity, the phenomenon of humiliation is tangible and instantly recognizable; so too is the notion of evil associated with it. It makes a distinctive contribution to moral philosophy and political theory. Who or what is this society?
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Avishai Margalit builds his social philosophy on this foundation: The ideal of the just society is a sublime one but hard to realize. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.
Thanks to a British Council scholarship he went to Queens College in Oxford Universitywhere he stayed from to In an ideal world, we seek justice; in this world, we can realize decency, and the welfare state can help us to do so.
Amira De rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Decrnt article has no associated abstract. The book is a model of how philosophers, using only a fine attention to distinctions between similar-sounding moral terms, can help to clarify, and by doing so, purify our moral language.
They consist in “thick trust”. Martine rated it liked it Dec 09, Nov 30, Elle rated it liked it. This is a thoroughly argued and, what is much more, a deeply felt book that springs from Margalit’s experience at the borderlands of conflicts between Eastern Europeans and Westerners, between Palestinians and Israelis.