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Are women any more virtuous than men? Men have traditionally taken responsibility for moral authority, often to the detriment of women. Would a reversal of that gender dominance give rise to a more harmonious society?
From Buddhism and Christianity to Particularism, this book presents a history of morality and approaches to ethical problem solving. By demonstrating where each approach falls short in presenting an objective philosophy, it asks where that leaves us in the search for moral guidance. Are we facing moral nihilism?
Or, can we create a new ethical consciousness from strands of what has come before?
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This is an excellent introduction to moral philosophy, and will sharpen the thinking of general readers interested in working out a more systematic philosophy. Scientific and Medical Network. Brief but good summaries of common misconceptions, criteria, the religious legacy, ethical diversity in religion, their interpreters and syncretic religions are followed by equally admirable discussions of Kant, Hume, Utilitarianism, negative utilitarianism and the psychological evidence, attitudes to other species, relativism, virtue ethics with a revisit to Aristotle , the gender issue and the ethical stew, and key essentials, ending with a concise chronology of major ethical perspectives and a very useful glossary The fissiparousness of religions is well brought out.
One striking sentence deserving quotation is: To someone of my age 63 , who has seen apparently enormous changes in attitudes to sex roles, the chapter on gender is particularly interesting - if only to show that things are different elsewhere: The index could be better - despite the attention paid to the subject, there is no entry under Gender, or under Women, Men, Girls or Boys.
This perspective is sometimes associated to snobbery but may also be a legitimate way of taking up a stance.
Social sciences or philosophies are sometimes accused of taking the 'moral high ground' because they are often inherently interested in the project of human freedom and justice. The traditional project of education itself may be seen as defending a type of moral high ground from popular culture , perhaps by using critical pedagogy: Kate Fillion considered that in the wake of second-wave feminism "assumptions about female moral superiority pervade the public discourse", placing women as "comrades on the moral high ground, pitted against a common adversary who dwells in the shadowy depths far below".
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Robert Lowell took the moral high ground, not once, but twice, with separate American presidents, in protesting US militarism. Peter Mandelson considered that Tony Blair was "good at taking the high ground and throwing himself off it".
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