ORDINARY VICES by Judith N. Shklar. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press , Pp. This handsomely produced book is not quite as satisfying to. The seven deadly sins of Christianity represent the abysses of character, whereas Shklar’s “ordinary vices”–cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, and. Judith Shklar’s Ordinary Vices is a wise, clever, thoughtful book about the danger and the value of various personal vices – cruelty, hypocrisy.

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One might say that the former vulgarian, but ordinqry the latter, is necessarily misinformed. Hypocritical and limited in scope; the vices that she describes need expansion. An Essay on Liberalism of Fear and its Limits. Ordinary Vices Judith N. Published July 1st by Belknap Press first published July 1st Michael Moriarty – – Oxford University Press.

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Confucianism, Democracy, and the Virtue of Deference. Engineers and Active Responsibility. Cruelty, Singular Individuality, and Peter the Great.

Lee rated it it was amazing Sep 12, There was a problem adding your email address. Adam Kadlac – – Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 2: To all this Shklar says a firm No, insisting that we must combat cruelty as our worst enemy, because it engenders fear, which ia the “”ultimately evil moral condition”” and makes it nearly impossible to avoid other, lesser vices.


Return to Book Page. Interesting, but often wayward, discussion of a peculiar set of human vices. Judith Shklar, like her heroes Montaigne and Montesquieu, thinks that cruelty is more important than anything — that it comes firstas she puts it.

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Orfinary rated it really liked it Feb 28, Machiavelli exalts the practical value of cruelty as do terrorists both in and out of officewhile Nietzsche, by excoriating hypocrisy as the worst of vices, envisions a liberating, cleansing role for cruelty. Jul 31, Soha Bayoumi rated it really liked it.

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Sincerity, Solidarity, and Deliberative Commitment. Giorgio Baruchello – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 3: Paperbackpages. Cheyney rated it really liked it Aug 09, The thing to remember is that while an English snob is often imagined as self-abasing, an American one is always imagined as snooty.

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Sign in to use this feature. The seven deadly sins of Christianity represent the abysses of character, whereas Judith Shklar’s “ordinary vices”–cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, and misanthropy–are merely treacherous shoals, flawing our characters with mean-spiritedness and inhumanity.

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It also explains and in a fairly unassertive style defends a certain view of society and politics, a liberal view, in terms of which these vices can be ordered and understood.

Trivia About Ordinary Vices. She uses a wide range of writers, but her book gives far more than a well-written set of reflections on what has been thought about these bad characteristics.

Please provide an email address. Be the first to discover new talent! Chris rated it it was amazing May 05, A few worthwhile thoughts scattered, but no real sustained attempt at judth that these vices cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, misanthropy ought to be avoided above all others.