AVISHAI MARGALIT THE DECENT SOCIETY PDF

Some twenty years ago I accompanied Sidney Morgenbesser to the airport. In the lounge, while waiting for his flight, we discussed Rawls's theory of justice, which had deeply impressed us both. Before parting, Morgenbesser announced to me--as well as to all the other passengers-- that the urgent problem was not the just society but the decent society. To this day I am not sure what he meant by this, but the expression made a great impression on me. This book owes its existence to that remark of Morgenbesser's.

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Some twenty years ago I accompanied Sidney Morgenbesser to the airport. In the lounge, while waiting for his flight, we discussed Rawls's theory of justice, which had deeply impressed us both. Before parting, Morgenbesser announced to me--as well as to all the other passengers-- that the urgent problem was not the just society but the decent society.

To this day I am not sure what he meant by this, but the expression made a great impression on me. This book owes its existence to that remark of Morgenbesser's. I myself owe Morgenbesser much of my philosophical apprenticeship and not a few of my social persuasions. The idea of the decent society appealed to me, but for many years I was not able to flesh it out. Gradually conversations I had with Palestinians during their uprising the Intifada in the occupied territories, as well as conversations I had with new immigrants to Israel from the countries of the defunct Communist bloc, convinced me of the centrality of honor and humiliation in the lives of people--and, consequently, of the importance that ought to be allotted to the concepts of honor and humiliation in.

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. No cover image. Read preview. Synopsis Margalit begins concretely where we live with all the infuriating acts of humiliation that make living in the world so difficult. He argues in a concrete way in the spirit of Judith Shklar and Isaiah Berlin.

This is a social philosophy that resists all those menacing labels that promote moral laziness, just as it urges us to get beyond the behavior that labels other human beings. Excerpt Some twenty years ago I accompanied Sidney Morgenbesser to the airport. Alexander Wiley, Read preview Overview. Clark Kumarian Press, Independent Review, Vol. Great Society The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Spanish civil war The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. We use cookies to deliver a better user experience and to show you ads based on your interests.

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Avishai Margalit

From to , he served as the George F. Avishai Margalit grew up in Jerusalem. He was educated in Jerusalem and did his army service in the airborne Nahal. In he started his studies at the Hebrew University, majoring in philosophy and economics.

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Avishai Margalit: The Decent Society.

Avishai Margalit builds his social philosophy on this foundation: a decent society, or a civilized society, is one whose institutions do not humiliate the people under their authority, and whose citizens do not humiliate one another. What political philosophy needs urgently is a way that will permit us to live together without humiliation and with dignity. Most of the philosophical attention nowadays is drawn to the ideal of the just society based on the right balance between freedom and equality. The ideal of the just society is a sublime one but hard to realize. We should get rid of cruelty first, advocated Judith Shklar.

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