Decency and Passion

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:
Decency and Passion

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This chapter focuses on three causes that lack power and provoke passion: social justice, the environment, and abortion. The supporters of these causes have never commanded the effective power of government. They find themselves in the roles of petitioners who now and then score victories, and at other times try to defend what territory they have been granted. But in addition to relative powerlessness and passion these movements have something else in common. None of them is animated by a vision of the good life. Their moral visions are narrow, and their language is always in danger of getting shrill, though all of them have moderate advocates with honorable motives.

Keywords: social justice; environmentalism; abortion; moral causes; good life; moral visions

Chapter.  4810 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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