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Paradoxes of political ethics.


Paradoxes of political ethics.

Parrish, John M.

Cambridge U. Pr.


283 pages




"Do you think you can govern innocently?" asks one character in the Jean-Paul Sartre play Les Mains Sales (Dirty Hands), but as Parrish (political science, Loyola Marymount U.) demonstrates here, the idea that politics poses genuine moral dilemmas with special frequency and potency has a long history. He reviews philosophical reflection on the dirty hands paradox from antiquity to the enlightenment and explores how certain responses to the problem came to influence the development of the Western moral and political tradition, including St. Augustine's interiorized ethics, Thomas Hobbes's sovereign state, and Adam Smith's commercial market.

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