Decent People

Decent People

by Norman S. Care


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In Decent People, Norman Care explores how we may understand and be reconciled to the fragility of our moral nature. In his highly original vision of what it means to be a decent person, Care claims that our moral-emotional nature pressures us to seek relief from moralized pain - pain that comes from our awareness of our own wrongdoing, the suffering of current or future people, and our experience of indifference to moral imperatives. Care argues that decent people are neither 'pure' nor self-righteous and that they are vulnerable to the need for forgiveness. Decent people may take morality seriously, but they are not guaranteed success at its challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742507081
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Norman S. Care is professor of philosophy at Oberlin College.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1: Motivation Issues Chapter 2 2: Moralized Suffering, Recovery, Meaningful Life Chapter 3 3:Forgiveness and Effective Agency Chapter 4 4: Self-Respect Chapter 5 5: Others Needs Chapter 6 6:Future People and Novel Ideas Chapter 7 7: Indifference and Reconciliation Chapter 8 Appendix A: Space for Motivation Chapter 9 Appendix B: Hidden Reasons

What People are Saying About This

Claudia Card

As part of his on-going project of becoming reconciled to the human condition, Norman Care asks how we are to respond to the apparent fact that people are, from time to time, simply indifferent to what they would even admit were serious moral issues. In taking up related issues, he considers the thorny problem of how to motivate concern for very distant future generations, which makes an important contribution to enviornmental ethics. One of the refreshing things about Norman Care's work is that he is impossible to classify, he appears to have no axes to grind, and he defines issues for himself in a novel way.

Jeffrie Murphy

The best feature of the book is its organizing vision—one of deep humanistic sensitivity.

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