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by Peter Berkowitz

  • ISBN: 0691016887
  • Category: Humanities
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Peter Berkowitz
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd Printing edition (January 18, 1999)
  • Pages: 256
  • ePub book: 1813 kb
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Peter Berkowitz clarifies the fundamental issues .

Peter Berkowitz clarifies the fundamental issues, arguing that a certain ambivalence toward virtue reflects the liberal spirit at its best. New Forum Books is guided by the conviction that law and politics not only reflect culture, but help to shape it. These thinkers are usually understood to have neglected or disparaged virtue

by Peter Berkowitz This is an excerpt from Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999). Join the Conversation

Especially in its Enlightenment and liberal strains, modern political philosophy put forward a different fundamental goal for politics. Instead of seeking through politics to promote human perfection, the liberal tradition came to understand the goal of politics as the protection of personal freedom. The liberal tradition embraces freedom as the aim of politics on the grounds that it is both more attainable and more just than the promotion of virtue. This is an excerpt from Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999). Join the Conversation.

Home Browse Books Book details, Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism. Berkowitz conveys a fresh sense of early liberalism that will stimulate reflection even among scholars who have long studied it, as well as among more general readers. Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism. -Rogers M. Smith, Yale University.

"Peter Berkowitz curriculum vitae" (PDF).

Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999). Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995). "Peter Berkowitz curriculum vitae" (PDF).

Peter Berkowitz is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution

Peter Berkowitz is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. At Hoover, he chairs the Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law and cochairs the Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society. He is the author of Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War (Hoover Institution Press, 2012), Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995). His book Constitutional Conservatism will be published in the winter 2013 by the Hoover Institution Press.

Peter Berkowitz clarifies the fundamental issues, arguing that a certain ambivalence toward virtue reflects the . Yet Berkowitz shows that they all believed that government resting on the fundamental premise of liberalism-the natural freedom and equality of all human beings-could not work unless citizens and officeholders possess particular qualities of mind and character.

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Virtue has been rediscovered in the United States as a subject of public debate and of philosophical inquiry. Politicians from both parties, leading intellectuals, and concerned citizens from diverse backgrounds are addressing questions about the content of our character. William Bennett's moral guide for children, A Book of Virtues, was a national bestseller.

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist. He taught political philosophy at Harvard from 1990-1999, and constitutional law at George Mason University from 1999-2007.

Virtue has been rediscovered in the United States as a subject of public debate and of philosophical inquiry. Politicians from both parties, leading intellectuals, and concerned citizens from diverse backgrounds are addressing questions about the content of our character. William Bennett's moral guide for children, A Book of Virtues, was a national bestseller. Yet many continue to associate virtue with a prudish, Victorian morality or with crude attempts by government to legislate morals. Peter Berkowitz clarifies the fundamental issues, arguing that a certain ambivalence toward virtue reflects the liberal spirit at its best. Drawing on recent scholarship as well as classical political philosophy, he makes his case with penetrating analyses of four central figures in the making of modern liberalism: Hobbes, Locke, Kant, and Mill.

These thinkers are usually understood to have neglected or disparaged virtue. Yet Berkowitz shows that they all believed that government resting on the fundamental premise of liberalism--the natural freedom and equality of all human beings--could not work unless citizens and officeholders possess particular qualities of mind and character. These virtues, which include reflective judgment, sympathetic imagination, self-restraint, the ability to cooperate, and toleration do not arise spontaneously but must be cultivated. Berkowitz explores the various strategies the thinkers employ as they seek to give virtue its due while respecting individual liberty. Liberals, he argues, must combine energy and forbearance, finding public and private ways to support such nongovernmental institutions as the family and voluntary associations. For these institutions, the liberal tradition powerfully suggests, play an indispensable role not only in forming the virtues on which liberal democracy depends but in overcoming the vices that it tends to engender.

Clearly written and vigorously argued, this is a provocative work of political theory that speaks directly to complex issues at the heart of contemporary philosophy and public discussion.

New Forum Books makes available to general readers outstanding, original, interdisciplinary scholarship with a special focus on the juncture of culture, law, and politics. New Forum Books is guided by the conviction that law and politics not only reflect culture, but help to shape it. Authors include leading political scientists, sociologists, legal scholars, philosophers, theologians, historians, and economists writing for nonspecialist readers and scholars across a range of fields. Looking at questions such as political equality, the concept of rights, the problem of virtue in liberal politics, crime and punishment, population, poverty, economic development, and the international legal and political order, New Forum Books seeks to explain--not explain away--the difficult issues we face today.