Real American Ethics

Albert Borgmann

in Real American Ethics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066349
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066356 | DOI:
Real American Ethics

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This chapter discusses the scope and coherence of American ethics, obstacles in the path of excellence, and the reality of moral standards. It presents reasons why there is a need for American ethics. First, for an ethics to be relevant to people, it has to address their particular circumstances. Second, though the United States is a young country compared with China and Japan, or France and England, it is culturally the oldest sibling of the global family. As American culture spreads around the globe there are two virtues that can be considered as characteristically American—generosity and resourcefulness.

Keywords: moral standards; excellence; American culture; generosity; resourcefulness; ethics

Chapter.  4175 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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