by Avishai Margalit, translated by Naomi Goldblum The Decent Society is both a commentary on, and an alternative to, our prevailing. Review of the Book The Decent Society, A. Margalit, [REVIEW]W. J. Witteveen – – Nexus Review of The Decent Society by Avishai Margalit. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Avishai Margalit: The Decent Society. | The title of this book will surely pique the interest of political philosophers who.

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Idolatry, on this view, is not just an error but a sinful error; as such it makes decebt idolaters miss their life’s purposes.

Page 1 – A civilized society is one whose members do not humiliate one another, while a decent society is one in which the institutions do not humiliate people.

Margalit presents a “skeptical” solution to the question of human dignity.

Share your thoughts with other customers. It investigates with nuance complicated historical cases like Josephus FlaviusWilly Brandtand Marshal Petain “Petain betrayed by trying to form a France that would eradicate the memory and the legacy of the French Revolution” We should get rid of cruelty first, advocated Judith Shklar. Nov 30, Elle rated it liked it. He argues in a concrete way in the spirit of Judith Shklar and Isaiah Berlin.


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How to be decent, how to build a decent society, emerges out of Margalit’s analysis of the corrosive functioning of humiliation in its many forms. A fascinating and fri The decent society is a necessary prelude to a just society according to Margalit, and a decent society is one that marfalit not humiliate those who depend on it. Thanks to a British Council scholarship he went to Queens College in Oxford Universitywhere he stayed from to Nathan rated it marvalit liked it Dec 24, Margalit can’t be earmarked as liberal or conservative.

She died in October Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Science Logic and Mathematics. Varun rated it really liked it Aug 30, During his years of study he worked as an instructor in a youth village, working with immigrant children who arrived with the mass wave of immigration in the s.

Buy the selected items together This item: As a view about the West and about Western civilization, it is infused with strong elements of de-humanization: Please try again later. Michael rated it really liked it Avishak 19, The decent society is a necessary prelude to a just society according to Margalit, and a decent society is one that does not humiliate those who depend on it.

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In he delivered the Tanner Lectures at Stanford University. A decent society would have more books like A Decent Society. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? It is a noble addition to our understanding of what our political and moral ideals should be and it frees political reflection from the strait-jacket of pure rights talk.

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The book offers a deep analysis of the entire semantic field of the notions of dignity, respect, self-respect, honor, esteem, and their cognates. Yet rotten compromises, totally unjustifiable that they are, are to be avoided come what may.

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A rotten compromise is taken to be a compromise with dedent regime that exercises inhuman policies, namely systematic behavior that mixes cruelty with humiliation or and treats humans as inhuman. For a more complete account of basic needs, see The Demands of Justice, pp.

Return to Book Page. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Don’t have a Kindle? Avishai Margalit – – Social Magralit Paul Nicholson The Month Margalit’s book offers a great deal D summa cum laude from the Hebrew University.