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Conclusion

William J. Talbott

in Human Rights and Human Well-Being

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195173482
eISBN:
9780199872176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173482.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter retraces the history of moral development to show how it is possible for us to have discovered a meta-theoretical principle of moral improvement, the main principle. The main principle ... More


The Consequentialist Project for Human Rights

William J. Talbott

in Human Rights and Human Well-Being

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195173482
eISBN:
9780199872176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173482.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter introduces the project of this book, the consequentialist project for human rights, historically by relating it to J. S. Mill’s consequentialist project for autonomy rights and the early ... More


Human Rights and Human Well-Being

William Talbott

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195173482
eISBN:
9780199872176
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173482.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book explains the development of human rights as a process of moral improvement in ground level moral and legal practices. This leads to a consideration of the process by which moral and legal ... More


Chaucer: Ambiguity and Ethics

Joshua Landy

in How to Do Things with Fictions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780195188561
eISBN:
9780199949458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188561.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

It is often asserted that fictions improve their readers morally, whether (a) by imparting instruction, (b) by eliciting empathy, or (c) by forcibly fine-tuning capacities for navigation through the ... More


The fragmented legacies of Chartist moral politics

Tom Scriven

in Popular Virtue: Continuity and Change in Radical Moral Politics, 1820-70

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781526114754
eISBN:
9781526128164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526114754.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The final chapter will discuss the legacy of this moral politics, arguing that the post-Chartist period shows no neat continuity within working-class culture and politics. While the late Chartist ... More


Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement

Karen Stohr

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190867522
eISBN:
9780190867553
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190867522.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

The book is a philosophical exploration of the gap between our moral ideals and the imperfect moral reality in which we live, and the implications of that gap for the practical project of moral ... More


Medicine, popular science, and Chartism’s improvement culture

Tom Scriven

in Popular Virtue: Continuity and Change in Radical Moral Politics, 1820-70

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781526114754
eISBN:
9781526128164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526114754.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The fourth chapter will study in detail the intellectual, political and cultural shifts within the Chartist press after 1840, in which individual moral improvement allied to a critique of capitalism ... More


Conclusion

Karen Stohr

in Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190867522
eISBN:
9780190867553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190867522.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This concluding chapter summarizes the main arguments of the book. In order for moral improvement to be a practical project, it must work from a psychologically plausible picture of human nature and ... More


1931–1951

Jeremy Nuttall

in Psychological Socialism: The Labour Party and Qualities of Mind and Character, 1931 to the Present

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719071645
eISBN:
9781781701539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719071645.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

In David Marquand's alternating chronology, the governments of Clement Attlee marked a moralist-activist collectivist phase. Yet, this was also a transition stage in the Labour Party, and indeed in ... More


The Gap

Karen Stohr

in Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190867522
eISBN:
9780190867553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190867522.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter unpacks the idea that the project of moral improvement aims at narrowing the gap between our moral selves and our moral ideals. The shape of the gap depends on how we conceptualize our ... More


Engineering Ireland: The Material Designs of Modern Statecraft

Patrick Carroll

in Science, Culture, and Modern State Formation

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247536
eISBN:
9780520932807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247536.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter demonstrates how the civilizing mission was expressed in a discourse that associated moral improvement with material engineering. It is concerned with agriculture and land management, ... More


Introduction

Karen Stohr

in Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190867522
eISBN:
9780190867553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190867522.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This short introductory chapter sets out the aims and scope of the book as a whole, with the goal of orienting the reader. It explains the motivation for the project and the philosophical ... More


Conclusions: promoting mutual respect and empathy

Millie Andrew

in Securing respect: Behavioural expectations and anti-social behaviour in the UK

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847420947
eISBN:
9781447303336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847420947.003.0012
Subject:
Social Work, Crime and Justice

In historical terms, the search for ‘respect’ is nothing new. However, in the first decade of the twentieth century, the search for respect has reached a momentum unlike before. It has become an ... More


“A More Virtuous Age”: Hume on Property and Commerce

Margaret Schabas and Carl Wennerlind

in A Philosopher's Economist: Hume and the Rise of Capitalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226597447
eISBN:
9780226691251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226691251.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

Since antiquity, philosophers have argued that the unfettered pursuit of commercial wealth was unethical. Hume, drawing on the work of Bernard Mandeville, disagreed. Hume argued that modern ... More


Scientific Seduction

Tita Chico

in The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781503605442
eISBN:
9781503606456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503605442.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Beginning with Bacon, natural philosophy texts frequently present scientific practice as an erotic quest, establishing a correspondence between sexual seduction and natural philosophical inquiry. ... More


Reply to Shen Zaiting Discussing Learning1

in On Ethics and History: Essays and Letters of Zhang Xuecheng

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804761284
eISBN:
9780804772884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804761284.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter presents the English translation of a reply written by Zhang to Shen Zaiting. Zhang says that learning must be aimed at personal understanding; its true goal is moral improvement. The ... More


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