Chapter

. Do All Somehow Aim at the Good?

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.003.0013
. Do All Somehow Aim at the Good?

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This chapter considers as examples, how Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin spoke during the great public crises in their careers, especially when war began between their countries. It notes that their respective publics — the people at large in Germany and Russia — had to be appealed to by moral exhortations. It further notes that similar language was used in appealing even to their respective party loyalist. It observes that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. It points out that this is particularly evident when leaders of dubious character attempt to guide their communities with respect to life-and-death issues. It further observes that it is when the stakes seem the highest, that public discourse tends to be the most moralistic.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; Josef Stalin; Germany; Russia; moral exhortations; hypocrisy; vice; virtue; life-and-death issues; moralistic

Chapter.  2241 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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