Moral Powers: Normative Necessity in Language and History

1st Edition

Anthony Holiday

Routledge
July 21, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 214 Pages
ISBN 9780367476472 - CAT# K463682
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Ethics

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Summary

Originally published in 1986, this book subverts an attitude towards the moral dimension of life which the author terms ‘ethical cynicism’. It discusses a theory of moral powers – a theory which shows that moral values are immensely potent sources of power. The author argues that there is a conceptual affinity between the Wittgensteinian account of language and the Marxist theory of history such that the two complement and even require one another in various aspects.

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