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The Resource The ordinary virtues : moral order in a divided world, Michael Ignatieff

The ordinary virtues : moral order in a divided world, Michael Ignatieff

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The ordinary virtues : moral order in a divided world
Title
The ordinary virtues
Title remainder
moral order in a divided world
Statement of responsibility
Michael Ignatieff
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Language
eng
Summary
This is a study of what ethical principles and practices people around the world hold in common and what institutions best allow virtue to flourish. It is based on a Carnegie Council project on comparative ethics that Michael Ignatieff has run for the past three years. Most works of comparative ethics look at formal systems of belief. What, for example, do Christian and Confucian texts say about the role of the family? What do the Koran or John Rawls say about treatment of the poor? This is, by contrast, a work of "lived ethics." Ignatieff took a team of researchers around the world to examine what values and ethical beliefs guide diverse people in practice. They went to places where people are living under unusual stresses or where contemporary social challenges are particularly clear. They went to Brazil, for example, to discuss life where corruption is a serious problem, to Sarajevo to talk about reconciliation, to Queens in New York to talk about diversity, and to Fukushima, Japan, to talk about disaster and recovery. Overall, they found more commonality than they were expecting, that whatever formal systems of belief prevail, people tend to orient themselves in similar ways around the values of trust, tolerance, forgiveness, reconciliation, and resilience. But where people are suffering they often doubt that others share their ethical beliefs and begin to circle the wagons to defend their own group. We shouldn't expect citizens to be heroes. So what institutions and political arrangements encourage or inhibit virtue? Overall, Ignatieff says, liberal constitutionalism seems most effective, but only as long as poverty and inequality are not allowed to get out of hand.--
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Provided by publisher
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MH/DLC
Dewey number
170.9
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ1521
LC item number
.I36 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The ordinary virtues : moral order in a divided world, Michael Ignatieff
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Moral globalization and its discontents -- Jackson Heights, New York: Diversity Plaza -- Los Angeles: the moral operating systems of global cities -- Rio de Janeiro: order, corruption, and public trust -- Bosnia: war and reconciliation -- Myanmar: the politics of moral narrative -- Fukushima: resilience and the unimaginable -- South Africa: after the rainbow -- Conclusion: Human rights, global ethics, and the ordinary virtues
Control code
19571820
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
263 pages
Isbn
9780674976276
Lccn
2017008712
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
The ordinary virtues : moral order in a divided world, Michael Ignatieff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Moral globalization and its discontents -- Jackson Heights, New York: Diversity Plaza -- Los Angeles: the moral operating systems of global cities -- Rio de Janeiro: order, corruption, and public trust -- Bosnia: war and reconciliation -- Myanmar: the politics of moral narrative -- Fukushima: resilience and the unimaginable -- South Africa: after the rainbow -- Conclusion: Human rights, global ethics, and the ordinary virtues
Control code
19571820
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
263 pages
Isbn
9780674976276
Lccn
2017008712
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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