Honor in Political and Moral Philosophy

Honor in Political and Moral Philosophy

by Peter Olsthoorn

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Overview

Argues for revitalizing the place of honor in contemporary life.

In this history of the development of ideas of honor in Western philosophy, Peter Olsthoorn examines what honor is, how its meaning has changed, and whether it can still be of use. Political and moral philosophers from Cicero to John Stuart Mill thought that a sense of honor and concern for our reputation could help us to determine the proper thing to do, and just as important, provide us with the much-needed motive to do it. Today, outside of the military and some other pockets of resistance, the notion of honor has become seriously out of date, while the term itself has almost disappeared from our moral language. Most of us think that people ought to do what is right based on a love for jus-tice rather than from a concern with how we are perceived by others. Wide-ranging and accessible, the book explores the role of honor in not only philosophy but also literature and war to make the case that honor can still play an important role in contemporary life.

Peter Olsthoorn is Assistant Professor at Netherlands Defense Academy and author of Military Ethics and Virtues: An Interdisciplinary Approach for the 21st Century.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438455488
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 12/03/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 684 KB

About the Author

Peter Olsthoorn is Assistant Professor at Netherlands Defense Academy and author of Military Ethics and Virtues: An Interdisciplinary Approach for the 21st Century.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Honor as a Social motive

2. Democratic Honor and the Quiet Virtues

3. Defining the Honor Group: Loyalty and Distance

4. Internalizing Honor: Integrity

5. Denying Honor: Respect and Humiliation

Conclusion

Notes
References
Index

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