Modern Honor: A Philosophical Defense

1st Edition

Anthony Cunningham

Routledge
Published June 8, 2015
Reference - 188 Pages
ISBN 9781138923485 - CAT# Y202636
Series: Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory

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Summary

This book examines the notion of honor with an eye to dissecting its intellectual demise and with the aim of making a case for honor’s rehabilitation. Western intellectuals acknowledge honor’s influence, but they lament its authority. For Western democratic societies to embrace honor, it must be compatible with social ideals like liberty, equality, and fraternity. Cunningham details a conception of honor that can do justice to these ideals. This vision revolves around three elements—character (being), relationships (relating), and activities and accomplishment (doing). Taken together, these elements articulate a shared aspiration for excellence. We can turn the tables on traditional ills of honor—serious problems of gender, race, and class—by forging a vision of honor that rejects lives predicated on power and oppression.

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